Professor Gupta (PhD 1984) specializes in Systems Analysis and Modeling for environmental science. He is partuclarly interested in the “Learning” problem, and his research is focused on methods for reconciling models with data, and for dealing with predictive uncertainty. His team has made contributions to hydrology and hydrometeorology for the National Science Foundation, National Weather Service, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He also works with economists and social scientists to develop coupled models that support improved decision making under uncertainty – particularly future (scenario) uncertainty, and is co-leader of the first-ever graduate program in Hydrometeorology.
Gupta is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2014 recipient of the John Dalton Medal of the European Geophysical Union, past Editor of Water Resources Research, and was recently inducted as a Fellow of the UofA’s Galileo Circle. He leads the New Model Approaches and Model Diagnostics groups of the International Association of Hydrologic Sciences (IAHS), is special Editor for Journal of Hydrology, and is on the Editorial Board of Benchmark Papers in Hydrology. In the past he was Executive Director of SAHRA, the first NSF Center in hydrological science (located at the UofA), which coordinated the activities of 400 scientists and 110 students from 17 institutions, and served as President of the IAHS Commission on Coupled Land-Atmosphere System (ICCLAS), and as Chair of the American Geophysical Union Surface Water Committee.
Gupta holds a B. Tech degree in Civil Engineering (1979) from the Indian Institute of Technology and M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1984) degrees in System Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.