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Chandra Madramootoo

James McGill Professor

T: 514-398-7759  |  chandra [dot] madramootoo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-029a

Degrees

B.Sc. (Agr.Eng.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (McGill)

Awards and Recognitions

Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald) (2005-2015)
James McGill Professor (2015-2022)
DSc (honoris causa) University of Guelph
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
Fellow, ASABE
Fellow, CSBE

Active Affiliations

Chair, Governing Board, ICRISAT
Member, Consortium Board, CGIAR

Short Bio

Chandra Madramootoo is a James McGill Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. He was Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, he was Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management.  In an academic career of over 30 years at McGill, he has supervised over 80 graduate students, and authored or co-authored over 200 refereed journal papers.  He has been invited to deliver some 100 presentations at national and international conferences.  Professor Madramootoo’s areas of expertise include water management, irrigation, drainage, agricultural research, and international agriculture development. He has built a very strongly funded research program covering various aspects of water resources management, and soil and water engineering. He continues to study extensively the hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, the development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and the impacts of various water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions.

Chandra Madramootoo has been recognized with numerous awards for his contributions to water resources and food security teaching and research, including a DSc (honoris causa) from the University of Guelph and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Research Interests

Professor Madramootoo has built a very strongly funded research program covering various aspects of water resources management, and soil and water engineering. He continues to study extensively the hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, the development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and the impacts of various water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions. Professor Madramootoo has served as Project Leader on many large scale water and environmental research projects in Quebec, and other parts of the world, including the Caribbean, Central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. He was responsible for the creation of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management on the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, and has played a pivotal role in building the Centre's extensive research, teaching and technology transfer programs, as well as its research infrastructure.

Current Research

Agricultural Water Quality
Effects of agricultural water management systems on greenhouse gas emissions in Eastern Canada
A water quality assessment framework for a safe food system
Managing agricultural systems to protect Canada's freshwater
Application of variable rate irrigation technology for water efficiency and conservation
Soil-plant-water dynamics and water productivity benefits of subsurface drip irrigation

Publications

View a list of current publications

Additional seclect publications

Gombault, C., C.A. Madramootoo, A.R. Michaud, I. Beaudin, M.F. Sottile, M. Chikhaoui, and F.F. Ngwa. 2015. Impacts of climate change on nutrient losses from the Pike River watershed of southern Québec. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. (Accepted).

Bourgault, M., C. A. Madramootoo, H. A. Webber, G. Stulina, M. G. Horst, and D. L. Smith. 2015. A Short Season Canadian Soybean Cultivar Double Cropped after Winter Wheat in Uzbekistan with and without Inoculation with Bradyrhizobium. Journal of Plant Studies. (Accepted).

Boluwade, A. and C.A. Madramootoo. 2015. Establishing management zones and assessing spatial clustering methods for variable rate irrigation. International Journal of Plant and Soil Science. (Accepted).

Boluwade, A. and C.A. Madramootoo. 2015. Determining the influence of land use change and soil heterogeneities on discharge, sediment and phosphorus. Journal of Environmental Informatics. doi:10.3808/jei.201500290

Joshi, N., A. Singh and C.A. Madramootoo. 2015. Corn yield simulation under different nitrogen loading and climate change scenarios. J. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE. (Accepted).

Joshi, N., C. S. P. Ojha, P. K. Sharma, and C. A. Madramootoo. 2014. Application of non-equilibrium fracture matrix model in simulating reactive contaminant transport through fractured porous media. Water Resources Research. 50, DOI:10.1002/2014WR016500.

Singh, A., C.A. Madramootoo and D.L. Smith. 2014. Impact of different water management scenarios on corn water use efficiency. Transactions of ASABE, 57(5):1319-1328.

Gombault, C., M-F. Sottile, F.F Ngwa, C.A. Madramootoo, A.R Michaud, I. Beading and M. Chikhaoui, 2014. Modelling climate change impacts on the hydrology of an agricultural watershed in southern Québec. Canadian Water Resources Journal. Doi.org/10.1080/07011784.2014.985509.

Goyal, M.K., C.A. Madramootoo and J. Richards. 2014. Simulation of the streamflow for the Rio Nuevo watershed of Jamaica for use in agricultural water scarcity planning. J. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000802

Aladenola, O and C.A. Madramootoo. 2014. Evaluation of solar radiation estimation methods for reference evapotranspiration estimation in Canada. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. DOI 10.1007/s00704-013-1070-2.

Ngwa, F., C.A. Madramootoo and S. Jabaji. 2014. Comparison of cyanobacterial microcystin synthetase (mcy) E gene transcript levels, mcy E gene copies, and biomass as indicators of microcystin risk under laboratory and field conditions. Microbiology Open DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.173.

Morrison, J., C.A. Madramootoo and M. Chikahoui. 2014. Modeling agricultural land drainage under spring snowmelt conditions with DRAINMOD. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 41(4):275-284.

Young-Rojanschi, C.A. and C. A. Madramootoo. 2014. Comparing the performance of biosand filters operated with multiday residence periods. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology. Available online 16 August 2014. DOI:10.2166/aqua.2014.027

Young-Rojanschi, C.A. and C. A. Madramootoo. 2014. Intermittent versus continuous operation of biosand filters. Water Research, 49(1):1-10.

Aladenola, O and C.A. Madramootoo. 2014. Response of greenhouse grown bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) to variable irrigation. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, 94(2):303-310.

Ngwa, F., C.A. Madramootoo. 2014. Development and application of a multiplex qPCR technique to detect multiple microcystin- producing cyanobacterial genera in a Canadian freshwater lake. Journal of Applied Phycology. DOI 10.1007/s10811-013-0199-9.

Rasouli, S., J.K. Whalen, and C.A. Madramootoo. 2014. Review: Reducing residual soil nitrogen losses from agroecosystems for surface water protection in Quebec and Ontario, Canada: Best management practices, policies and perspectives. Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 94(2): 109-127.

Singh, A.K., M.K. Goyal and C.A. Madramootoo. 2014. Corn yield simulation using the STICS model under varying  nitrogen management and climate change scenarios.  J. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, 140(4): http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)IR.1943-4774.0000682

Richards, J., C. A. Madramootoo and M. K. Goyal. 2014. Determining irrigation requirements  for vegetables and sugarcane in Jamaica. J. Irrigation and Drainage. 63(3):340-348.

Boluwade, A. and C. A. Madramootoo. 2013. Modeling the Impacts of Spatial Heterogeneity in the Castor Watershed on Runoff, Sediment, and Phosphorus Loss Using SWAT: I. Impacts of Spatial Variability of Soil Properties. Water, Air and Soil Pollution. 224(10): DOI 0.1007/s11270-013-1692-0

Richards, J., C. A. Madramootoo, M. K. Goyal and A. Trotman. 2013. Application of the SPI  and NDVI for evaluating irrigation demands in Jamaica. J. Irrigation and Drainage Engineering, ASCE, 139(11):922-932.

Boluwade, A. and C. A. Madramootoo. 2013. Assessment of uncertainty in soil test phosphorus   using kriging techniques and sequential Gaussian simulation: Implications for water quality  management in Southern Quebec. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, 48(4):344-357.

Dayyani, S., S. O. Prasher, A. Madani, C. A. Madramootoo, P. Enright. 2013. Evaluation of WARMF model for flow and nitrogen transport in an agricultural watershed under a cold climate.  Water Quality Research Journal of Canada, 48(4):400-413. 

Senecal, S and C.A. Madramootoo. 2013. Tools for the implementation of integrated water resources management (IWRM) in the Caribbean. Water Policy, 15(5):859-870.

Madramootoo, C.A. and J. Morrison.   2013.   Advances and challenges with micro-irrigation.  J. Irrigation and Drainage. 62 (3):255-261.

Madramootoo, C.A. 2013. Invited Editorial. J. Irrigation and Drainage. 62(3):245-246.

Bourgault, M., D. Smith, C.A. Madramootoo, H. Webber, P. Dutilleul. G. Stulina, and M.G. Horst. 2013.   Legume production and irrigation strategies in the Aral Sea basin: yield, yield components, water relations and crop development of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L) and Mungbean (Vigna radiat).  Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 199(4):241-252.

Madramootoo, C.A., J. Morrison and M. Chikahoui, 2013. Modeling the impact of tile drain spacing on phosphorus losses from two agricultural fields in southern Québec, Canada. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. 48(3): 279-293.

Jaria, F. and C.A. Madramootoo. 2013. Thresholds for irrigation management of processing tomatoes using soil moisture sensors in southwestern Ontario. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(1): 155-166.

Sheibani, S., S. Yanni, R. Wilhelm, J. Whalen, L. Whyte, C. Greer, and C.A. Madramootoo.  2013. Soil bacteria and archaea found in long-term corn (Zea mays L.) agroecosystems in Quebec, Canada. Canadian Journal of Soil Science.  93(1): 45-57.