Profile of Md. Ashraful Islam

... Name Md. Ashraful Islam
Designation Assistant Professor
Last Degree MTech. (On study leave)


[1]Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (expected completion date: March 2021), School of Physical Environmental and Mathematical Sciences, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia  

[2] Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Remote Sensing & GIS. The UN-affiliated Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), Dehradun (India)  

[3] Master of Science (MS) in Geology University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh)

[3] Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Geology. University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh)


Work  experiences

[1] Assistant Director (Assistant Geologist) Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (12/02/2007–11/11/2013)  

[2] Lecturer Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh. (11/11/2013–21/05/2015)

[3] Assistant Professor Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka (Bangladesh. (21/05/2015–Present)


Research Interests

Being a Geologist and Geospatial analyst I pursue a multi-disciplinary research agenda that focuses on the following fields:

[1] Detail Geological and Geomorphological mapping and its significance in Quaternary paleo-environments and neotectonics.

[2] Spatio-temporal Remote Sensing for land surface change and its future prediction.

[3] GIS terrain analysis and River dynamics.

[4] Geo Hazard analysis with the help of RS and GIS.

[5] Hazard Mapping i.e., Landslide, Flood etc using Statistical Approach and Multi-criteria evaluation techniques like Fuzzy logic, Heuristic, AHP methods.

[6] Integrated approach to unveil the coastal resilience along Ganges delta for climate change adaptation.

[7] Watershed Characterization using Geospatial Techniques.

[8] Hyperspectral, Microwave and LiDAR data processing and their application in geosciences.


Project experience funding acquisition:

[1] Associate investigator, Project titled: Assessment of Vulnerability to Groundwater Pollution in Savar Upazila, Dhaka District, Using DRASTIC Model–A Geospatial Approach. Project funded by Ministry of science and technology, Bangladesh government. Starts in June 2015.


[2] Associate investigator, Project titled:Pre-planning investigations necessary for the assessment of geohazard towards sustainable development of a KPI (Key point installation). Funded by Bangladesh Army. (September 2015- December 2015)


[3] Geological and Geotechnical engineering survey for sustainable development at Jolshiri Abashon area. Funded by Bangladesh Army. (January 2015 - March 2015).


[4] Principle investigator, Project titled: Assessment of coastal vulnerability due to sea level change at Sandip Island, Bangladesh. Project funded by Ministry of science and technology, Bangladesh government. (June 2014- July 2015).


[5] Associate investigator, Project titled: Hydrological and geomorphological influence on waterlogging in south-western part of Ganges delta, Bangladesh.Project funded by University grands commission of Bangladesh (January 2014- January 2015).

[6] Associate investigator, Project titled: Capacity building for earthquake hazard assessment at Moulvibazar Porashava, Sylhet, Bangladesh. Funded by: Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh Government (July 2013-July 2014).


[7] Post graduate research fellow, Project title: Landslide Assessment, Susceptibility Mapping and Debris Flow Modeling in Ukhimath Region, Rudraprayag District, and Uttarakhand, India. Project funded by Indian Institute of Remote sensing, (IIRS) Indian government and centre for  the UN-affiliated Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), Dehradun (India). (June 2012-June 2013).


[8] Assistant Geologist, Project title: Integrated Geological Mapping of the Chalanbil area to unveil the Quaternary Records and Climate Changes. A research project conducted by Geological Survey of Bangladesh. Funded by Ministry of energy and mineral resources Bangladesh government. (July 2010- June2012).


[9] Assistant Geologist, Project title: Geological Exploration for the Identification of Mineral Resources and the areas vulnerable to natural hazards in the Coastal parts of Bangladesh. A research project conducted by Geological Survey of Bangladesh. Funded by Ministry of energy and mineral resources Bangladesh government. (June 2008- July 2010).


[10] Field Hydrologist in a project of IWM at Manikganj District, Bangladesh.(from January 2007 - February 2007).


[11] Junior Geologist in the Project Titled:- Paleogeographic Analytical works in Bengal Basin run by U.S Federal government under Supervision of Auburn University, Alabama, USA.( From January 2005 - May 2005)


Research articles:

[1]Islam, M.A., Murshed, S., Kabir, S.M., Farazi, A.H. Gazi, M.Y., Jahan, I., and Akhter, S.H. (2017) Utilization of Open Source Spatial Data for Landslide Susceptibility Mapping at Chittagong District of Bangladesh—An Appraisal for Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation Approach.International Journal of Geosciences,Vol. 08, No. 04

[2] Islam, M.A., Mitra, D. and Akter, S.H. (2016) Coastal Multi hazard Vulnerability Assessment along Ganges Deltaic Coast of Bangladesh – a Geospatial Approach. Ocean and Coastal management, Vol. 127, pp 1–15.

[3] Islam, M.A., Hasan, S.M.K., Naime, M.A., Hossain, M.S., Rahman, M.M, and Peas, M.H. (2015) Assessing Socio-economic Resilience against Coastal disasters in Sandwip Island of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Scientific Research. Vol. 28(2), pp. 161-170 

[4] Islam, M.A., Hossain, M.S. and  Murshed, S. (2015) Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability due to Sea level change at Bhola Island, Bangladesh using Geospatial techniques, Journal of the Indian society of remote sensing, Springer.Vol.43(3),pp.625-637.

[5] Islam, M.A., Hossain, M.S., Hasan, T. and Murshed, S. (2014) Shoreline changes along the Kutubdia Island, south east Bangladesh using Digital shoreline analysis (DSAS) system, Bangladesh journal of scientific research. Vol. 27(1), pp. 99-108.

[6] Maitra, M.K., Islam, M.A. and Mamun, M.A. (2014) Thickness, Distribution and Quality Assessment of Gopalganj-Madaripur Peat Deposits: A Case Study of Potential Economic Opportunities in Mid-Eastern Low-Lying Bangladesh. International Journal of Geosciences,Vol. 5, pp 943-955.

[7] Islam, M.A, Chattoraj, S.L and Ray. C.P.K. Ukhimath Landslide 2012 at Uttarakhand, India: Causes and Consequences (2014). International journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, Vol.4 (3) pp 544-557.

[8] Majlis, A.B.K, Islam, M.A, Khasru, M.H and Ahsan, M.K. (2013) Protected to Open Basin Depositional System: An Appraisal for the Late Quaternary Evolution of the Moheshkhali-Kutubdia Coastal Plain, Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Geology, Vol. 31-32, pp 16-28.

[9] Ahsan. K, Habib, M.A, Alam, M.F and Islam, M.A. (2013) Mouth Bar Development Process in the Meghna Estuary of Bangladesh-A Case Study from Bhola Island. Bangladesh Journal of Geology, Vol 31-32, pp 56-69.

[10] Rashid, M.B, Mahmud. A, Ahsan, M.K , Khasru, M.H and Islam, M.A. (2013) Drainage Congestion and Its Impact on Environment in the South-Western Coastal Part of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Geology, Vol.31-32, pp 43-55,

[11] Islam, M.A, Maitra, M.K, Majlis, A.B.K, Murshed. S and Rahman. S (2011). Spatial Changes of Land Use/ Land Cover of Moheshkhali Island, Bangladesh: A Fact Finding Approach by Remote Sensing Analysis. Dhaka University Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol.2, pp 43-54, (July).

[12] Majlis, A.B.K and Islam, M.A. (2011) Landscape Evaluation in Mid-Eastern Part of Ganges Delta for the Forthcoming Development Arena of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Geology, Vol 29-30, pp 49-62.

[13] Islam, M.A, Majlis, A.B.K and Rashid, M.B (2011).Changing Face of Bangladesh Coast. The Journal of NOAMI, Vol 28 (1), pp 1-13 (June).

[14] Rahman. S, Hasan. S. M. R, Islam, M. A and Maitra.M.K (2011). Temporal change detection of vegetation coverage of Dhaka using Remote Sensing, International Journal of Geomatics and Geosciences, Volume 2(2),pp 481-49.

[15] Murshed. S, Alam, M.M and Islam. M.A (2011) Depositional Environments of the Upper Neogene Clastic Succession along Hari River Section, North eastern part of Sylhet trough. Bangladesh. Dhaka University Journal of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Vol.1 (2) January, pp 67-73.

[16] Islam, M.A, Ahmed, K.M, Hasan, M.A and Murshed. S (2009).Hydrogeology and water quality assessment of Middle Meghna Flood plain: A case study on Daudkandi upazila, Comilla district. The journal of NOAMI, vol. 26(1) pp 31-55 (june).

[17] Zahid,A.,Hassan, M.Q.,Karim, M.A. and Islam, M.A (2009) Excessive withdrawal of Groundwater for Urban Demand of Dhaka City: Emergency Measures needs to be Implemented to Protect the Aquifer, Proceeding of the International Symposium on Efficient Groundwater Resources Management, Bangkok, Thailand, pp 219-228.

Teaching areas:

[1] Theory course:•Structural geology (Undergrad) •Geostatistics (Undergrad) •Introductory Remote sensing (Undergrad) •Advance Remote sensing and GIS (Postgrad) •Natural Hazards, Disaster and Environments (Postgrad)

[2] Practical courses: •Geological Map Lab (Undergrad) •Structural Geology Lab (Undergrad) •Remote Sensing and GIS Lab (Undergrad) •Advance Remote sensing and GIS Lab ( Postgrad) •Disaster Risk Assessment and Management Lab ( Postgrad)

[3] Academic research supervision: •Research supervision (M.S) students on Geoinformatics application in disaster science and management.

Membership in professional societies

•Bangladesh geological society (BGS) G-715

•Executive member of Bangladesh society of Geoinformatics (BSGI)

•Indian society of remote sensing life member L-4102

•Association of geoscientists for international development (AGID).