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PhD Nivedita Sairam

Junior Group Leader
PhD Nivedita Sairam
Building C 4, Room 2.24 (Büro)
14473 Potsdam

Function and Responsibilities:

Nivedita is a junior research group leader at the section Hydrology at GFZ. She leads the BMBF funded junior research group on Health Impacts of Floods (HI-CliF). She is interested in understanding and quantifying flood impacts on built environment, societies and human health. In this respect, she works on advancing systemic methods and data-driven approaches by bringing together concepts of human-water systems with climate-driven flood hazard, socio-economic forcing and impact models.

Research Interests:

Flood Vulnerability and Impact models
Spatial Database Systems and GIS
Statistical models for Natural Hazards impact estimation


2023-current      Junior Research Group Leader (HI-CliF, BMBF, GFZ, Potsdam

2022-2023         Climate Vulnerability Researcher, MSCI, Potsdam

2020-2022         Postdoc Researcher (DECIDER, BMBF project), GFZ, Potsdam

2016-2020         PhD. Researcher (Marie-Curie EU project, SystemRisk),  GFZ, Potsdam

2015-2016         Graduate Research Assistant Florida Atlantic University, United States

2014-2015         Staff Developer Red Planet Consulting, Chennai, India


2016-2020         PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences - Geography, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

2015-2016         Masters of Science in Geomatics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, United States

2010-2014         Bachelors of Engineering in GeoInformatics, College Of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India

Research Boards and Committees:

2022-current        Science Officer, Natural Hazards and Society, EGU

2015-2016           Networking Councilor  ASPRS - American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing


Runner-Up - Alliance Climate Risk Research Award (2020)

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