Chandra Madramootoo

James McGill Professor

T: 514-398-7759  |  chandra.madramootoo [at] (Email)  |  Macdonald-Stewart Building, MS1-029a  |  Water Innovation Lab


BSc(AgrEng), MSc, PhD (McGill)

Awards and Recognitions

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

Short Bio

BSc, MSc and PhD in agricultural engineering at McGill University. Joined the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1984, and was named to a James McGill Professorship in 2000. Created the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management in 1999, and was its Founding Director. In this role, he garnered funding for large scale, multidisciplinary, national and international water, environmental, and climate change projects. Areas of expertise include water management, irrigation, drainage, agricultural research, international agriculture development, hydrology and water quality of surface and subsurface drained fields, development of innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and impacts of water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions. Has supervised over 80 graduate students, authored or co-authored over 200 refereed journal papers, and invited to deliver some 100 presentations at national and international conferences. 

Appointed Dean of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2005, and over a 10 year period, led a major transformation of the Faculty’s teaching and research programs. Introduced programs in global food security, food safety, integrated water resources management, entrepreneurship and innovation. Led the academic renewal of the faculty, and over 50% growth in the undergraduate and graduate student population.  Teaching and research infrastructure were also upgraded.

Active Affiliations

Chair, Governing Board, ICRISAT
Vice Chair, Board of Governors, IDRC
Member, International High Level Advisory Panel on Adaptation for Africa’s Agriculture

Research Interests

With growing water scarcity and concerns about climate change, new technologies are being developed to conserve limited freshwater supplies and increase crop water productivity. Irrigation systems and techniques are being developed, which can apply precise amounts of water, taking spatial field properties, and crop type and growth stage into account. Innovative technologies to predict crop water requirements, and the impacts of various water management practices on greenhouse gas emissions are being investigated. Water table management systems are being designed and field tested to reduce non-point source pollution, and algal blooms and cyanobacterial contamination of rivers and lakes. 

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


AGRI 493 International Project Mgmt 3 Credits
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BREE 341 Mechanics of Materials 3 Credits
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FMT4 020 Conservation of Soil and Water 2 Credits
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BREE 533 Water Quality Management 3 Credits
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View a list of current publications

Additional seclect publications

Gupta, D. and C. A. Madramootoo. 2016. Fate and Transport of Escherichia coli in Tomato Production. Exposure and Health, DOI: 10.1007/s12403-016-0217-7

Joshi, N., D. Gupta, S. Suryavanshi, J. Adamowski, and C.A, Madramootoo. 2016. Analysis of Trends and Dominant Periodicities in Drought Variables in India: A Wavelet Transform Based Approach. Atmospheric Research. (Accepted).

Yari, A., C.A. Madramootoo, S. A. Woods, and V. I. Adamchuk. 2016. Performance Evaluation of Constant Versus Variable Rate Irrigation Technologies. Irrigation and Drainage. (Accepted).

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.

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):

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.


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