ALUMNI STORIES:Mesenbet Yibeltal Sebhat
Name of United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences:Tottori University
Assigned university:Tottori University
Specialized field:Water erosion/ gully erosion studies
-Analyzing the impact of soil erosion impact on environmental sustainability
-Investigating the causing factors for soil erosion in the tropical environment
Obtained (planned) degree/date:Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D (Global Arid Land Science) Obtained in March 2020
Soil erosion is a key contributor to land deterioration in many parts of the world. This is especially concerning in developing countries, where water erosion poses a severe danger to agricultural output and food security. Because of the very high erosion rates caused by severe rainfall, steep topography, and agricultural practices that remove protective soil cover, the situation is particularly serious in the Upper Blue Nile region. I have a strong academic background in hydrogeology engineering, hydrology, and erosion and sediment transport, which enables me to work in all the disciplines required in the field of environmental science. As a doctoral student in the laboratory of Tottori University, Japan, I was trained in the fundamental methodologies of research tools that aided me in investigating the role of water erosion. Throughout my studies, I became fascinated with issues concerning water resources, drought, and land resource degradation as a result of land use change, degradation, and climate change. I also have more than 11 years of teaching and research experience in hydrology and water resources as a course chair at Bahir Dar Technology Institute. Therefore, I have a passion for research and I am especially interested in further developing my skills in the application of models for understanding climate change, groundwater, and surface water processes. I have published over 15 research articles in reputable and highly indexed journals (Scopus and Web of Science). In the future, I would like to get a job or a position where I can carry out research and educational practices in a wide range of fields related to the relationship between climate change and soil erosion. As a researcher, I look into ways that will help in serving humankind by using and utilizing natural resources sustainably.
Qualification: Applied Hydrology and Research methodology instructor, soil erosion, irrigation and climate change researcher.
Laboratory homepage: https://bit.bdu.edu.et/fcwre/
Major published papers:
- Andualem, T. G., Demeke, G. G., Ahmed, I., Dar, M. A., & Yibeltal, M. 2021. Groundwater recharge estimation using empirical methods from rainfall and streamflow records. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, 37, 100917.
- Yibeltal, M., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Billi, P., Ebabu, K. and Berihun, M.L., 2020. Effect of subsurface water level on gully headcut retreat in tropical highlands of Ethiopia. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
- Ebabu, K., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Aklog, D., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Sultan, D., Fenta, A.A. and Yibeltal, M., 2019. Exploring the variability of soil properties as influenced by land use and management practices: A case study in the Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia. Soil & Tillage Research, 200, p.104614.
- Liu, Miao, Zhenchao Zhang, Jian Sun, Yi Wang, Jinniu Wang, Atsushi Tsunekawa, Mesenbet Yibeltal, Ming Xu, and Youjun Chen. “One-year grazing exclusion remarkably restores degraded alpine meadow at Zoige, eastern Tibetan Plateau.” Global Ecology and Conservation (2020): e00951.
- Berihun, M.L., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Meshesha, D.T., Adgo, E., Tsubo, M., Masunaga, T., Fenta, A.A., Sultan, D., Yibeltal, M. and Ebabu, K., 2019. Hydrological responses to land use/land cover change and climate variability in contrasting agro-ecological environments of the Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia. Science of The Total Environment, 689, pp.347-365.
- Berihun, M.L., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Meshesha, D.T., Adgo, E., Tsubo, M., Masunaga, T., Fenta, A.A., Sultan, D. and Yibeltal, M., 2019. Exploring land use/land cover changes, drivers and their implications in contrasting agro-ecological environments of Ethiopia. Land Use Policy, 87, p.104052.
- Yibeltal, M., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Billi, P., Ebabu, K., Fenta, A.A. and Berihun, M.L., 2019. Morphological characteristics and topographic thresholds of gullies in different agro-ecological environments. Geomorphology, 341, pp.15-27.
- Yibeltal, M., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Aklog, D., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Billi, P., Vanmaercke, M. and Ebabu, K., 2019. Analysis of long-term gully dynamics in different agro-ecology settings. Catena, 179, pp.160-174.
- Genet, A.T. and Yibeltal, M., 2018. Rainfall, Runoff and Soil loss, relationship on different land uses in the Upper Lake Tana Basin. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development (JAEID), 112(1), pp.3-23.
- Ebabu, K., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Aklog, D., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Sultan, D., Fenta, A.A. and Yibeltal, M., 2019. Effects of land use and sustainable land management practices on runoff and soil loss in the Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia. Science of the total environment, 648, pp.1462-1475.
- Ebabu, K., Tsunekawa, A., Haregeweyn, N., Adgo, E., Meshesha, D.T., Aklog, D., Masunaga, T., Tsubo, M., Sultan, D., Fenta, A.A. and Yibeltal, M., 2018. Analyzing the variability of sediment yield: A case study from paired watersheds in the Upper Blue Nile basin, Ethiopia. Geomorphology, 303, pp.446-455.
- Stave, K., Kopainsky, B., Anteneh, M., Mengistu, A.A., Yibeltal, M., Aynalem, S., Tefera, B., Wassie, A., Aragaw, C., Getenet, B. and Beyene, B.S., 2017. Participatory System Dynamics Mapping for Collaboration and Socioecological Integration in the Lake Tana Region. In Social and Ecological System Dynamics (pp. 615-630). Springer, Cham.
- Asrie, N.A. and Yibeltal, M., 2016. Numerical groundwater flow modeling of the northern river catchment of the Lake Tana, Upper Blue Basin, Ethiopia. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development (JAEID), 110(1), pp.5-26.
- Yibeltal, M., 2015. Assessments of water demands for the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in Somalia. Journal of agriculture and environment for international development (JAEID), 109(2), pp.165-177.
- Yibeltal, M., and Wenninger, J. (2014). Water balances of the Juba and Shabelle River basins the Horn of Africa. International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research, 2(6), 238-255.