Sole author


Gold Coast/Ghana

1955       Detailed soil survey of the Kpong Pilot Irrigation Area. Soil and Land Use Survey Memoir No 1

1967       Soils of the Accra Plains. Soil and Land Use Survey Memoir No 3


East Pakistan

1967       Reconnaissance soil survey Dhaka District , East Pakistan

1971       Soil Survey Project, Bangladesh: Agricultural Development Possibilities. FAO, Rome. AGL:SF/PAK 6, Technical Report 2. 15 maps

1971       Soil Survey Project, Bangladesh: Soil Resources. FAO, Rome. AGL:SF/PAK 6, Technical Report 3. 5 maps



1973       Soils of Zambia, 1971-1973. Soil Survey Report No 11, with 1:2.5 million soil map of Zambia. Ministry of Rural Development, Zambia

1973       Soils of Zambia. (A popular account of soil survey and the soils of Zambia), Rural Information Services, Ministry of Rural Development, Zambia



1986       Reconnaissance soil survey Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh

1996       The geography of the soils of Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

1997       Agricultural development possibilities in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

1999       Agricultural disaster management in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

2000       Agroecological aspects of agricultural research in Bangladesh

2002       Land use and land use planning in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

2002       How to help small farmers in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

2004       Can Bangladesh be protected from floods? UPL, Dhaka

2012       The physical geography of Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

2014       Climate change, sea-level rise and development in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka

2016       Landscapes, soil fertility and development in Bangladesh. UPL, Dhaka (a popular, illustrated summary of previous UPL books)

Joint author


1988  (with J. Antoine, A.H. Kassem and H.T. van Velthuizen). Land resources appraisal of Bangladesh for agricultural development. 7 Reports (in 11 volumes). FAO, Rome.

2009 (with P. Ravenscroft and K. Richards). Arsenic pollution: a global synthesis. Wiley-Blackwell.

Sole author in edited book

1962       'Soils' and 'Soil erosion and conservation' chapters in Agriculture and land use in Ghana. (Ed. J.B.Wills). OUP, with 1:1 million soil map of Ghana

1991      Agroclimate: risks due to natural disasters. In Evaluation for Sustainable Land Management in the Developing World. IBSRAM Proceedings No 12, Vol. II. IBSRAM, Bangkok.

1992      Floods in Bangladesh: vulnerability and mitigation related to human settlement. In Aysan Y. and Davis I.(Eds): Disasters and the small dwelling. James & James Science Publishers, London.

1993      Geographical complexities of detailed impact assessment for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna delta in Bangladesh. In Warrick, R.A. and T.M. Wigley (Eds): Climate and sea-level change: observations, projections and implications. Cambridge University Press.

2000      'Controversies surrounding the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan’ and ‘Flood hazard vulnerability and flood disasters in Bangladesh’. In D.J. Parker (Ed.) Floods. 2 vols. Routledge, London.

Joint author of chapter in edited book

1990 (with R. Brinkman). Changes in soil resources in response to a gradually rising sea level. In Scharpenseel, H.W., M. Schomaker and A. Ayoub (Eds): Soils on a warmer earth. Elsevier, Amsterdam.

1991 (with H.R. Khan). Bangladesh country study. In Disaster Mitigation in Asia and the Pacific. Asian Development Bank, Manila.

1993 (with Steve Jones) Protecting Bangladeshi communities against floods and cyclones. In Merriman, P.A. and C.W.A. Browitt (Eds): Natural disasters: protecting vulnerable communities. Thomas Telford, London.

1994 (with M. Asaduzzaman and P. Sultana) Effects of climate and sea-level changes on the natural resources of Bangladesh. Briefing Document 3 (of 7). In Bangladesh: Greenhouse effect and climate change. Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Dhaka.

1996 (with M. Asaduzzaman and P. Sultana) Effects of climate and sea-level changes on the natural resources of Bangladesh. Chapter 4. In Warrick, R.A. & Q.K.Ahmad  The implications of climate and sea-level change for Bangladesh. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht.


(Sole author)

Gold Coast/Ghana

1956       A note on former pediment remnants in Haute Volta. Geog. J. CXXII. 4. 526−527

1956       C.F.Charter's interim scheme for the classification of tropical soils. Trans. 6th Int. Cong. Soil Sci.

East Pakistan

1964       An outline of the geology and geomorphology of East Pakistan in relation to soil development. Pak. J. Soil Sci. I.1: 1

1965       Soil correlation boxes: a technique to simplify soil correlation. Pak. J. Soil Sci. I.2: 21

1966       The soils of East Pakistan in relation to agricultural development. Pak. J. Soil Sci. II.1

1966       FAO/UNSF Soil Survey Project of Pakistan: progress of work in East Pakistan 1961-65. Pak. J. Soil Sci. II.37

1967       Soil Survey in Pakistan: how and why. Pak. J. Soil Sci. III.2: 1

1968       Possible influences of flood protection, drainage and irrigation on the soils of East Pakistan. Pak. J. Soil Sci. IV.1: 8

1968       Decalcification of soils developed in calcareous Gangetic alluvium in East Pakistan. Pak. J. Soil Sci. IV.2: 8

1971       Coatings in seasonally flooded soils. Geoderma 6: 5−16



1973       Podzols in Zambia. Short communication. Geoderma 10: 249−250.



1980       Some innovations don't wait for experts. CERES, FAO, Rome.

1982       Crop intensification: why and how. CERES, FAO, Rome.

1982       Disaster preparedness for farmers: a methodology. Disasters, vol. 6, No 2: 140−144.



1987       Drought in Bangladesh: lessons for planners and administrators. Disasters, vol. 11, No 1: pp 21−29.

1989       Monitoring the evidence of the greenhouse effect and its impact on Bangladesh. Presented at International Conference on the                        Greenhouse Effect and Coastal Area of Bangladesh. Coastal Area Resource Development Management Association (CARDMA),                          Dhaka, March 1989. (Proceedings published)

1989       Floods in the agroecology of Bangladesh. Presented at International Seminar on Bangladesh Floods: Regional and Global                                  Environmental Perspectives, Dhaka, March 1989. (Proceedings published)

1990       Floods in Bangladesh. Part 1: Geographical background to the 1987 and 1988 floods; Part 2: Flood mitigation and environmental                       aspects. Geog.J., vol.156, March and July, 1990.

1993       Protecting Bangladesh. Tiempo, April 1993: 7-−10.

1994       The agroecology of Bangladesh's floodplains. Asia Pacific J. of Environment and Development, Vol 1, No 2: 1−20.

1995       Floods, flood mitigation and soil fertility in Bangladesh. Asia Pacific J. of Environment and Development, Vol. 2, No 1: 13−24.

1995       Environmental aspects of flood protection in Bangladesh. Asia Pacific J. of Environment and Development, Vol. 2, No 2: 30−42.

1996       Can Bangladesh be protected from floods? Geog. Rev., vol.9, No 4, March 1996: 21−27.

1996       Bangladesh's braided Brahmaputra. Geog. Rev., vol. 10, No 2, November 1996: 2−7.

1996       The agroecology of Bangladesh's terrace areas. Part 1: physiography and soils. Part 2: soil complexity, climate and land use.                              Asia Pacific J. of Environment and Development, Vol. 3, No 1: 1−14 and No 2: 1−9

1997        The agroecology of Bangladesh's hill areas. Asia Pacific J. of Environment and Development, Vol. 4, No 1: 1−10

2008        Threat of arsenic to agriculture in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. Economic & Political Weekly, (India) XLIII No 47: 79−84

2009        Climate refugees: a rejoinder. Economic & Political Weekly, (India) XLIV No 29: 87

2009        Mitigation of arsenic contamination in irrigated paddy soils in South and South-east Asia. Environment International 35: 856-−863

2010        After the Bangladesh Flood Action Plan: Looking to the future. Environmental Hazards 9: 118−130

2010        Climate change and development in Bangladesh. Agriculture for Development 10: 7−12

2011        Harnessing farmers’ local knowledge to promote precision agriculture. Agriculture for Development 14: 11−16

2012        Farming complexity in Bangladesh. Agriculture for Development 16: 8−9

2012        Soil complexity and arsenic mitigation Agriculture for Development 17:31−35

2013        Cadmium in rice. Agriculture for Development 18: 17

2013        Lead in rice. Agriculture for Development 20: 20

2014        Bangladesh’s dynamic coastal regions and sea-level rise. Climate Risk Management 1.1: 51-62

2014        Geographical studies in Bangladesh: geomorphology, soils and climate change. Geographical Review of India 76.1: 1-81 (Several                           figures were omitted from the publication.)

2016        Floods, cyclones, drought and climate change in Bangladesh: a reality check. Int. J. Environmental Studies 73.6: 865-886

2017        Bangladesh's diverse and complex physical geography: implications for agricultural development. Int. J. Environmental Studies 74.1:                  1-27

Joint author

1954 (with Endredy). The tropical black earths of the Gold Coast and their associated vlei soils. Trans. 5th Int. Cong. Soil Sci. 4: 70−76

1967 (with R. Brinkman). Land capability classification for use in East Pakistan. Pak. J. Soil Sci. III.1: 10

1970 (with P.R. Hesse). Some unsolved problems of soil science in East Pakistan. Pak J. Soil Sci. VI.1: 31

1977 (with R. Brinkman). Surface-water gley soils in Bangladesh: environment, landforms and morphology. Geoderma 17: 91−109

1990 (with R. Brinkman). The influence of a changing climate on soil properties. Proc. Commission V, Int. Soil Sci. Congress, Kyoto, Japan.

1992 (with J.I.M. Dempster) Flood Action Plan - Bangladesh. Outlook on Agriculture, Vol. 21, No 4: pp 301−305.

2009 (with P. Ravenscroft) Arsenic in groundwater: a threat to sustainable agriculture in South and South-east Asia. Environment International 35: 647−654

2012 (with M.R. Islam and six others).  Arsenic in rice grown in low-arsenic environments in Bangladesh. Water Qual Exposure & Health 4.4: 197-208

2013 (with A.H. Kassam) Combining sustainable agricultural production with economic and environmental benefits. Geog. J. 179.1: 11-18 (with subsequent response to comments: Geog. J. 179.2: 183−185)

2015 (with F. Nachtergaele) Implications of soil complexity for environmental monitoring. Int. J. Environmental Studies 72.1: 56-73

2016 (with A.H. Kassam) Environmental implications of three modern agricultural practices: Conservation Agriculture, the System of Rice Intensification and Precision Agriculture: Int. J. of Environmental Studies 73.5: 702-718

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