MONSOONS PANEL


REGIONAL WORKING GROUP ON ASIAN-AUSTRALIAN MONSOONS: MEMBERS

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Hariharasubramanian Annamalai, Co-Chair

International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA

Dr Annamalai is a Research Professor of Oceanography at IPRC. His research interests include diagnostic and modeling aspects of the Asian summer monsoon system, prediction and predictability of the Asian summer monsoon system, dynamical and physical link between Monsoon and ENSO, Asian summer monsoon system and tropospheric biennial oscillation,and predictability of the tropical climate system. Read more...

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Gill Martin, Co-Chair

Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter, UK

Dr Martin is the Scientific Manager of the Water Cycle Processes and Feedbacks group, aiming to understand and improve the representation of hydrological cycle processes in models across all timescales. Her areas of expertise include climate model development and evaluation, representation of Asian summer monsoon in general circulation models, influence of vertical and horizontal resolution in models, sensitivity of modelled climate processes and phenomena to physical parametrizations and stratocumulus and cumulus cloud microphysics. Read more...

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Suryachandra Rao Anguluri

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India

Dr Suryachandra A. Rao is a senior scientist at IITM, and leads the "Monsoon Mission" program of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India, which involves researchers from across the world to work on operational dynamical models in India. He also leads the high-performance computing program of MoES. His research interests include dynamical model developments and diagnosis for improved Indian monsoon simulation and prediction. Climate applications is one of the areas he is actively pursuing in recent times by employing Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning (AI/ML) techniques. Dr Rao had earlier worked at the Frontier Research System for Global Change, Tokyo, Japan, from 1999 to 2007. Read more...

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Tieh Yong Koh

Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Dr Koh is an Associate Professor at the School of Science and Technology, Singapore University of Social Sciences. He obtained his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His research interests include weather and climate of Southeast Asia, multi-scale interactions in the tropical atmosphere, predictability and complexity in atmospheric science, mixing and transport of tracers and geophysical fluid dynamics. Read more...

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Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, India

Dr Mukhopadhyay is a Senior Scientist at IITM. His area of expertise includes high resolution GCM and mesoscale modelling of monsoon, heavy precipitation events and thunderstorms. His research interests include cloud microphysics and its influence on monsoon, predictability of weather in high resolution models and convective parameterization in numerical models. Read more...

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Raghavendra Ashrit

National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Dr Ashrit is a senior scientist at the NCMRWF working in the area of model based medium range forecasting and evaluation of over India with special emphasis on the heavy rains. He has special interest in application of advance spatial verification methods for evaluation of high resolution model forecasts. His current area of work includes use of ensemble based forecast products for predicting the severe and extreme weather and development of bias correction methods for ensemble forecasts with focus on predicting extremes. Read more...

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Wei-Ting Chen

National Taiwan University (NTU), Chinese Taipei

Dr Chen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences of the NTU. Her expertise includes application of satellite-retrieved cloud and precipitation products and a hierarchy of atmospheric numerical models to investigate the multi-scale convections over Asian monsoon regions and their interactions with the large-scale environment including thermodynamics, dynamics, anthropogenic aerosols, and climate change. Specific topics include diurnal cycle and convection organization, the occurrence of extreme rainfall systems, the relationships between aerosol transport, local circulation and synoptic weather, and the effects of anthropogenic aerosols on convection over coastal areas or complex topography. Read more...

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Hatsuki Fujinami

Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research (ISEE), Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan

Dr Fujinami is a Lecturer at ISEE. His research interests include understanding the processes responsible for precipitation variations in monsoon Asia over a broad range of time scales from diurnal cycle to climate change. He has worked extensively in diurnal precipitation cycle, low pressure systems and intraseasonal oscillations and the interplay among them around South Asia, helping to improve understanding of these process that provide water resources and to contribute S2S prediction. He uses in-situ observational data, atmospheric reanalysis and satellite remote sensing data to uncover important processes. He has recently studied the mechanism of nocturnal precipitation in the Meghalaya Plateau and the Himalayas including glacierized area. Read more...

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Kieran Hunt

University of Reading, Reading, UK

Dr Hunt is a Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading. His doctoral work focused on monsoon depressions over India. This involved developing a tracking algorithm to produce a catalogue of events, analysing their structure in reanalysis and satellite data, and using models to explore their interaction with the land surface and orography. Since then, He has continued working on monsoon low-pressure systems (LPSs) and variability with a particular interest in extreme rainfall events, such as those caused by the interactions between LPSs and extratropical storms, involving developing novel computational techniques or dynamical analysis. Read more...

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Shiromani Jayawardena

Department of Meteorology (DoM), Colombo, Sri Lanka

Dr Jayawardena is currently the Director of Meteorology (Weather Forecasting and decision support) at DoM, and has more than two decades of experience as an operational forecaster (including seasonal prediction), aviation forecaster and also as a researcher with international collaboration. She is involved in developing country-specific climate change projections. She has also developed multi model ensembles of changes in annual as well as seasonal rainfall in Sri Lanka. Read more...

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Indira Kadel

Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Kathmandu, Nepal

Dr Kadel is a Senior Divisional Meteorologist at DHM. She has been studying monsoon systems over South Asia focusing central Himalayas. Her recent work is focused on the teleconnection of monsoon system with global variables, and simulation of monsoon precipitation by weather and climate models. Se is mostly engaged in operational work, including seasonal outlooks and climate services. Read more...

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Donaldi Permana

Indonesia Agency for Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), Jakarta, Indonesia

Dr Permana is a Senior Researcher at the BMKG. He has been working with weather and climate data to understand the Asian-Australian monsoons over Indonesia. He has been involved in developing the statistical prediction tool for their operational division to predict rainfall timeseries including the onset of dry/wet season. He is currently involved in applying the regional climate model RegCM for seasonal prediction over Indonesia. His research interests include atmospheric phenomena associated with diurnal, subseasonal (Tropical waves, MJO), seasonal (monsoon) and interannual (ENSO) variability over Indonesia region using observations in-situ, reanalysis and remote-sensing data. His doctoral work is related to paleoclimate study based on tropical ice cores in Papua, Indonesia to reconstruct the monsoon and ENSO variability. Read more...

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Ana Liza Solis

Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA), Laguna, Philippines

Ms Solis is the Assistant Weather Services Chief at DOST-PAGASA. Her expertise includes El NiƱo Southern Oscillation (ENSO) impacts on regional climate, ASEAN climate monitoring, onset and cessation of monsoon season in the country, formulation of seasonal climate forecasts including ENSO and drought advisories for the country. She is the Focal person for ASEANCOF and the WMO South East Asia (SEA) RCC-Network (in demonstration phase) Node on climate monitoring including maintaining the SEA RCC-Network web portal for climate monitoring and issuance of climate watch bulletin for SEA. Read more...

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Usha Tune

National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR), Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Chennai, India

Dr Usha is a senior scientist at the NCCR and is involved in the development of operational Coastal Flood Warning Systems for two coastal cities of India, Chennai and Mumbai, as a collaborative project of MoES. Integrated Flood warning systems are end-to-end web GIS based decision support systems comprising of data from weather models, field data and inundation generated using a combination of numerical models and translated to GIS based ward level informations. Both the systems are being used by the State Governments for mitigation operations. Read more...

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Thea Turkington

Centre for Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), Singapore

Dr Turkington is a Senior Research Scientist and Head of the Subseasonal and Seasonal Prediction Branch at CCRS. She has been involved in many regional activities in Southeast Asia (a region affected by two monsoon seasons). In particular, she is building her expertise in developing climate services on subseasonal and seasonal timescales and regional scale. This includes work coordinating the S2S Southeast Asia Pilot Project to develop better predictions for disaster management, as well as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Climate Outlook Forum (ASEANCOF). Her current research work includes working with users to develop subseasonal and seasonal predictions for Singapore and Southeast Asia, as well as underlying research in understanding the effects and impacts of weather and climate processes. She is also a focal point for the WMO SEA RCC-Network (in demonstration phase) Node on Long-Range Forecasting. Read more...

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Lin Wang

Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

Dr Wang is a professor at the IAP. His research interest includes the variability, mechanism, and predictability of the Asian monsoon ranging from the intraseasonal to interdecadal timescales. The focus is on the East Asian winter monsoon and the role of the mid- and high-latitude processes. He heavily applies process-based diagnostics on observational, reanalysis, and model data to identify the critical processes that dominate the monsoon variability. He also seeks the potential influences of the stratospheric processes on monsoon variability and predictability. Currently, he is working on the interactions between different timescales to understand the East Asian winter monsoon variability. Read more...

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Huqiang Zhang

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), Melbourne, Australia

Dr Zhang is a Senior Research Scientist at BoM. His research interests include Asian-Australian (A-A) monsoon interactions, monsoon induced tropical-extratropical teleconnections, monsoon and climate change, moisture transport (Atmospheric Rivers) and weather and climate extremes in the A-A monsoon region. The main areas of his work include Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) and Climate Projection (NWP system development and evaluation; Climate and climate change modelling), Land-surface and hydrological modelling and the A-A monsoon (Monsoon dynamics; Monsoon and climate change). Read more...