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Climate Change Downscaling Approaches and Applications - Course 1 (2015)

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Sri Lanka

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Srikantha Herath

Dr. Srikantha Herath engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modelling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS.

Krishna Kishore Osuri

 Dr. Krishna Osuri is a senior project scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India. He has been working on predicting extreme weather events with high resolution mesoscale models such as WRF and HWRF models as a professional. One of his current research interests is numerical weather prediction of extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones, severe thunderstorms and monsoon depressions. He obtained his PhD in Meteorology and Oceanography as well as M.Tech and M.Sc from Andhra University, India.

UC Mohanty

Prof. U. C. Mohanty has made outstanding contribution in the field of tropical meteorology, in particular, Asian summer monsoon dynamics, tropical cyclone, numerical weather prediction and regional climate modeling.

Shoji Kusunoki

Dr. Shoji Kusunoki is the Head of First Research Laboratory (Climate modeling), Climate Research Department, Meteorological Research Institute (MRI) in Japan. He is engaged in the improvement of numerical weather prediction and seasonal prediction in the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). His current research activity is on climate variability using global climate models including global warming projection. Dr. Kusunoki obtained his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Science from The University of Tokyo.

Graziano Giuliani

Graziano Giuliani has obtained a Laurea in Physics from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1997. He has worked after the Laurea for two years for a private company in developing software for the European Space Agency ENVISAT satellite program. For seven years he has worked in Regional Weather Forecast Centres in Italy with NWP models, ending with a research position in the Italian National Research Council.

Murali M. Nageswara Rao

 M.M. Nageswara Rao is currently a project associate at the School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, India. His professional career started with a lecturer at the Andhra University in 2006  and senior research research fellow at IIT Delhi, 2009 -2012 . He obtained M.Sc. in Physical Oceanography from Andhra University. 

Toshio Koike

Dr. Toshio Koike serves as Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo. His research interest includes water cycle and climate sciences and their applications to water resources management, which can be classified into the following three components: establishment of satellite remote sensing; development of the data integration and information fusion system; and development of the hydrological downscaling methods including satellite-based data assimilation.

Shigeru Nakamura

Mr. Shigeru Nakamura has been working on hydrologi- cal cycle analysis, watershed management, groundwater development and flood forecasting in Japan as well as in other Asian countries since 1989. He has been involved in research and development of a grid-based hydrological model and the SHER model. Currently, he is the in charge of the NK-GIAS development project in Nippon Koei co., ltd. He is also a board member of the Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources (JSHWR). 

Lal Samarakoon

Dr. Lal Samarakoon currently works as the Director of Geoinformatics Center of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. He has extensive working experience in Asia, Japan with AIT. His research focuses in the application of spatial analytic techniques using GIS, remote sensing, GPS in resource management for sustainable development through teaching, research, training, and real-world application.