Dr. S. Saravanan




University / Board
PSG. College of Technology,
Bharathiar University
Civil Engineering
Institute of Remote sensing, Anna University, Chennai
Remote sensing and GIS
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee,
Remote Sensing / Rainfall runoff modeling

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing and GIS Applications on DISASTER Modeling.

    Distributed rainfall-runoff modeling, Flood modeling, Soil erosion, Landslides, Multi spectral remote sensing application on land use/land cover mapping.

  • Groundwater Assessment and Management

    Salt water intrusion, Multi Aquifer Modeling, Artificial Recharge Studies, Contaminant Transport Modeling.

  • Water Resources Management

    Water Balance Modelling, Evaporation,Neural Networks applications on water resources, Rainwater Harvesting and GIS Applications.

  • Environmental Engineering

    GIS for Solid Waste Management, Water Supply Distribution Planning and Management, Water Quality Modelling on Lakes and Reservoirs.



Centre for Water Resources, Anna University, Chennai

Research Associate

Since 4th September ’03 to 17th December ’04

National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering

19.01.09 to Till date

Honours and Awards

  • Selected for Berkner travel grant (AGU-2013) to attend an international science policy conference at Washington DC. USA. 
  • Selected for Endeavour Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (2009) from University of Melbourne, Australia. 
  • First Indian invited for the COE program in University of Yamanashi Japan for participate workshop on BTOPMC model for Asian monsoon region (Received financial support from University of Yamanashi Japan). 
  • Best Project award (Kurath Alwar award) from P.S.G. College of Technology, Coimbatore in the year of 1999 in Engineering/Technology Category. 



  • Muthu Krishnan, S.Saravanan and Srinivasan. V., 2005. “Development of Remote Sensing and GIS in Runoff Estimation for Urban Area.” Journal of Indian Building Congress, Vol-12(1), 207 – 214.
  • S.Saravanan and Suresh Babu. P., 2006. “Ground water potential zone identification in lower Palar basin, Tamilnadu, using remote sensing and GIS.” Presented at the 3rd biennial IWA Young Researchers Conference (YRC), May 24-26 2006. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and published in special issue of Water and Environmental Management Series of IWA 2006, 297- 305.
  • Rama rao. N and S. Saravanan, 2008. “Remote sensing based estimation of agricultural crops damage due to Asian tsunami” International Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. Vol-2 (1), 50-56 (ISSN 0973-5860).
  • Saravanan. S., Sathiya murthi. S and Elayaraja. D., 2010. “Soil Erosion Mapping of Katteri watershed using Universal Soil Loss Equation and GIS”. Journal of the Indian society of soil science, Vol 58(4).
  • Arun Kumar T. and Saravanan. S., 2009 “Treatability studies of textile wastewater on an Aerobic Fluidized bed Biofilm Reactor (FABR): a case study” International Journal of Water Science & Technology, 1817-1821(doi: 10.2166/wst. 2009.207).
  • Jenifa Latha C., Saravanan. S, Palanichamy. K., 2010. “A Semi – Distributed Water Balance Model for Amaravathi River Basin using Remote Sensing and GIS” International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, Vol-1(2), 252-263(ISSN 0976-4380).
  • Jenifa Latha C., Saravanan. S, Palanichamy. K., 2011. “Estimation of spatially distributed monthly evapotranspiration” International Journal of Engineering science and technology, Vol-3(2), 877-883(ISSN 0975-5462).
  • Kasiviswanathan K.S., Soundhar Raja Pandian. R., Saravanan. S, Avinash Agarwal. “Genetic programming approach on evaporation losses and its effect on climate change for Vaipar Basin.” IJCSI International Journal of Computer Science Issues, Vol. 8, Issue 5, Sep 2011(ISSN (Online): 1694-0814).
  • Saravanan, S. “Identification of Artifical Recharge sites in a hard rock terrain using remote sensing and GIS”. International Journal of Earth sciences and Engineering, Vol. 5, Issue 6, Dec 2012 (ISSN (Online): 0974-5904).
  • Sartiyamurthi, S. and S.Saravanan “Multivariate analysis and quality assestment of irrigation waterif coastel areas of Chidembaram Taluk”. International Journal of Earth sciences and Engineering, Vol. 6, Issue 1, Feb 2013(ISSN (Online): 0974-5904).


  • organising international conference in 2016. ICDMSDR16

  • Saravanan S. and Suresh Babu P., 2005. “Estimation of runoff from a hilly watershed using SCS-CN method.” Presented at HYDRO-2005, 8-9th Dec, 2005, National Conference, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur, Karnataka, India.
  • Saravanan S., Z. Ahmed and Jain. M. K., 2006. “Storm runoff prediction based on a spatially distributed unit hydrograph.” Presented at Indo-Australian conference on information technology in civil engineering, 20-22nd Feb, 2006, International conference, Department of civil engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India
  • Saravanan S., Z. Ahmed and Jain. M. K., 2006. “Modeling of flood events using spatially distributed unit hydrograph.” Presented at SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing, Symposium Goa, India, 13-17 November 2006. Proc. SPIE Vol. 6411, 6414.
  • Saravanan S., Sakthivel B., 2007. “Spatial Variability analysis of evapo-transpiration on a catchment scale using GIS”. Presented at International Ground water Conference on Water, Environment and Agriculture Present Problems and Future Challenges, Coimbatore, Feb. 7-10, 2007, 257-258.
  • Saravanan S., Sathiya murthi S., 2007. “Assessment of irrigation water quality of coastal area of Chidembaram taluk in Tamil Nadu using GIS.” Presented at International Conference on Civil Engineering in the New Millennium: Opportunities and Challenges, Kolcutta, 11-14th Jan 2007, 257-258.
  • Saravanan S., Sathiya murthi S., 2007. “Mapping spatially distributed soil erosion with universal soil loss equation and GIS.” Presented at HYDROCARE2007, 22-23rd March, 2007, National Seminar, Department of Earth science, Annamalai University, Annamalai nagar, India.
  • Saravanan S., Arun Kumar T, Kannan S., 2008 “Assessment of Impact of STP on Ground water Quality Using Geographic Information System.” 8th IWA Specialized Conference on Small Water and Wastewater Systems (SWWS) and 2nd IWA (DEWSIN) Coimbatore, India February 6-9th, 2008.
  • Arun Kumar T., Saravanan S., 2008 “Treatability Studies of Textile Wastewater on an Aerobic Fluidized Bed Biofilm Reactor (FABR) – A Case Study” Presented at the 4th IWA Young Water Professionals International Conference 16-18 July 2008, Berkeley, USA.
  • Saravanan S., Kasiviswanathan K. S, and Sathiya murthi. S 2008. “Soil erosion mapping of Katteri watershed using Unit Stream Power-based Erosion Deposition model (USPED) and GIS.” Presented at International conference on Landuse change Bio diversity and Climate change, 6-7th October 2008 Marthandam, India.
  • Saravanan S., Sathiya murthi S., 2008. “Performance evaluation of back propagation and radial basis function based neural networks in rainfall-runoff modeling.” Presented at HYDRO2008, 15-16th Dec, 2008, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India.
  • Jenifa Latha C., Sarvanan S., and Palanichamy K., 2009. "Modelling of evaporation using artificial neural network for Kovilar and Periyar reservoir, Tamil Nadu, India" Presented at HYDRO2009, 17-18 Dec, 2009, CWPRS, Pune, India.
  • Saravanan S., Kasiviswanathan K. S., and Sathiya murthi S., 2010. “Estimation of monthly evaporation for Kovilar reservoir using Genetic Programming and Thornthwaite method” Presented at INDIA 2010, 3rd International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment, ASCE EWRI, 5-10 Jan, 2010, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India.
  • Jenifa Latha C., Sarvanan S., and Palanichamy K., 2010. "Spatial water balance modeling using GIS” Presented at ICHWAM-2010, 3-6 Feb, 2010, 3rd International Conference on hydrology and watershed management, Jawaharlal Nehru technological University, Hyderabad, India.
  • Kasiviswanathan, K.S., Avinash Agarwal, S.Saravanan and R. Soundhar, 2011. “Application of Cetemps HYdrological Model (CHYM) in assessing global warming effects on water resources” Presented at GWEWR-2010, 3-4 Dec, 2010, Two day national seminar on Global Warming and its Effect on Water Resources hydrology and watershed management, Graphic Era University, Dehradun India.
  • R. Soundhara Raja Pandian, S. Thangalakshmi, S. Saravanan, 2011. “Virtual Learning System: A Conceptual Framework of Network Optimization”. Presented at SocProS 2011 December 20-22, 2011, International conference onSoft Computing for Problem Solving (SocProS 2011), Roorkee, India, K. Deep et al. (Eds.): Proceedings of the International Conf. on SocProS 2011, AISC 130, pp. 749–755. springerlink.com.
  • Saravanan, .S, Saravanan. K and. Subashri R, 2012. “Runoff Estimation from a Watershed Using SCS - CN Method and GIS” Presented at National Conference cum Pre-Conference Workshop on Geosynthetics: Present and Future Perspectives 3- 4 February 2012, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Tamilnadu.
  • Premavathi. O., S. Saravanan., and Anuthaman. N.G., 2012. “Optimal solutions to reservoir operation for time and volume reliability using DSS: application to Vaigai reservoir”. Presented at National Conference on Advanced trends in civil engineering, Karpagam University, Coimbatore. 2-3 March 2012.
  • Saravanan. S., 2012. “Assessment of the long-term hydrologic impacts of land use change on runoff - a case study, Noyyal basin”. Presented at National Conference on Geoinformatics for River Basin Studies UGC-SAP Sponsored National Seminar, School of Geosciences, Bharathidasan University. 3-4 March, 2012.
  • Saravanan. K, S. Saravanan and Kasiviswanathan, K.S,, 2012, “Morphometry Analysis Of Bhavani River Basin In Tamilnadu, India” Presented at Proceedings of National Conference on Hydraulic and Water Resources (HYDRO 2012), IIT Bombay, India. 7-8 December 2012.
  • Saravanan. S, 2013, “Remote GIS and Remote sensing Assisted Rainfall-Runoff Simulation for Amarawathi River Basin, Tamilnadu” Presented at UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Geoinformatics in Land and Water Resources Studies on March 1-2, 2013 School of Geosciences, Bharathidasan University.
  • Saravanan. S, 2013, “GIS- Based Landslide Susceptibility Mapping – A Case Study of Conoour Watershed, Tamil Nadu, India” Presented at 8th International congress on climate change Territorial Classification & Socio-Economics Crisis April 23-25, 2013 Center for Remote Sensing and Department of Economics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli.

Short Term Courses

  • Training on “Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing – an overview for policy makers” conducted by Survey of India during 20th –22nd September 2006.
  • Work shop on “Ground water modeling and water resource management” at NIH Roorkee-INDIA 27th Feb-2006 (Organized by National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee.).
  • DAAD (German) Workshop on “Sustainable Resource Management in Ecological, Economical and Socio-Cultural Respects” at the India International Centre, DAAD New Delhi, on April 27, 2007.
  • Indo-Canadian Workshop on “Conservation and Management of Water Resources” Organized by McGill University, Canada & Department of Civil Engineering IIT Roorkee, during 26-27, Feb-2008.
  • International School on “LiDAR Technology”, Organized by Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 31-March to April-4, 2008. Sponsored by ISPRS & Department of Science and Technology (DST)-India.
  • International workshop on Climate change and its Impact on water resources Organized by NIH and IIT Roorkee, during 17-21, May 2010.
  • CGWB one day workshop on Challenges ahead in the Ground Water sector of Tamilnadu, Tiruchirappalli, during 11th Feb 2011. Sponsored by Central Groundwater board, Ministry of Water resource, GOI.
  • UGC- Sponsored National Seminar on Second green revolution: Issues and Challenges Department of Geography, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, 25-27 March, 2011.
  • International workshop on Reservoir simulation and modeling NIH_Resyp Organized by National Institute of Hydrology Roorkee and Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, during 28 Nov-02 Dec 2011.
  • Workshop on Advanced GPS Surveying (WAGS), Department of Geography, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, during Feb 3-4, 2012. Sponsored by Central Groundwater board, Ministry of Water resource, GOI.
  • DST and BDU sponsored twenty one day workshop on Geospatial Technologies and Application under NRDMS Programme in DST conducted by school of GeoSciences BDU Tiruchirappalli, during May 10 to 30 2012.
  • Workshop on ECV Soil moisture, A background and user guide to the ECV Soil Moisture product, Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote sensing, Vienna University of technology, Vienna, during September 20-21, 2012.
  • CGWB one day workshop on 4th R&D Session of Indian National Committee for Groundwater, CGWB, South Eastern Coastal Region, Chennai during 07th Feb 2013. Sponsored by Central Groundwater board, Ministry of Water resource, GOI.
  • A DST Sponsored Training program on Hyperspectral Remote sensing for Agriculture conducted by Indian Agriculture Research Institute New Delhi during 18th to 27th Feb 2013.
  • ISRO sponsored fourth workshop of Edusat Outreach Programme in combination with IIRS User Interaction Meet (IUIM-2013) conducted by ISRO and NRSC at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun during March 11 to 14, 2013.
  • A DHI Sponsored Training program on Mike Flood training course water & environment Pvt Ltd, New Delhi during September 25-27 Sep 2013.


  • Member, Water Environment and Society (WES).
  • Student Member Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS)
  • Life Member of Indian Association of Hydrologists (IAH), Membership No - LM1582
  • Life Member of Indian Water Resource Society (IWRS), Membership No - LM107250
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Membership No - 00263361

Technical Paper Reviewer

  • International Journal of Earth Sciences and Engineering (IJEE)
  • International Journal of Spatial Hydrology
  • KSCE Journal of civil engineering, Springer Publisher
  • International Journal of Clean soil air water, Wiley publisher
  • Book reviewer for Hydrology and Floodplain Analysis (ISBN-10: 0132567962) Philip B. Bedient, Rice University, Wayne C. Huber, Oregon State University, Baxter E. Vieux, University of Oklahoma.
  • Book reviewer for Flow in open channels, 3rd Edition, Tata Mc Graw Hill Education Pvt Ltd, (ISBN-10: 0-07-008695-80132567962)K. Subramanya, Former Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur.


Project Title
Amount Received
March 2011 Tamilnadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) Site inspection and Technical opinion on Commissioning of Pillur - II CWSS along with Pillur - I CWSS 33000
September 2011 Public works Department Flood protection works in Right bank of Kollidam from LS 26.74km to 108.21km and LS108.21 to 168.21 km in Thanjavur and Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. 2600000
December 2011 Garrison Engineer (AF) Thanjavur. Design of storm water drains for Air Force station Thanjavur. 123000
July 2012 Public works Department Design of Additional spillway for Sidhamalli reservoir. 100100
October 2012 Public works Department Testing of suitability of filling soil for the construction of new reservoir – Visvakudi, Marudayar Basin. 25000


Student Projects Guided

1 Application of Remote sensing and GIS for Landslide susceptibility mapping. 2009-2010
2 Climate change prediction based on SDSM for south Pennar River basin- A case study. 2010-2011
3 Rainfall Runoff modeling of Amaravathi basin using ArcGIS. 2011-2012
4 Development and evaluation of a TOPMODEL based spatially distributed rainfall runoff model 2012-2013
5 Site selection for Municipal solid waste landfills using AHP and GIS 2012-2013





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Contact Address

  Dr. S. Saravanan , M.Tech(RS), Ph.D(IITR)
Assistant Professor Department of Civil Engineering National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli - 620 015.


Telephone No.(M)-09489104248
Telephone No.(O)-0431-2503175