Dinali N FernandoPACE Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences
I am a physical geographer, specializing in climatology, by training. My research interests are in applied climate science, tropical and sub-tropical climate dynamics, drought, climate predictability at the seasonal to decadal timescales, and remote sensing of land use-land cover change and land surface hydrology. I am strongly motivated by the need to apply science for the benefit of society. In my current position as a postdoctoral fellow in the UCAR-PACE (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research-Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise) program, I am able to fulfill that need by researching the predictability of drought and its persistence over Texas keeping in mind the information needs of decision makers in the water sector. I work with Dr. Rong Fu in the Department of Geological Sciences (http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/dgs/)and Dr. Bridget Scanlon at the Bureau of Economic Geology (http://www.beg.utexas.edu/), Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Robert Mace and Dr. Ruben Solis in the Water Science and Conservation Division, Texas Water Development Board (http://www.twdb.texas.gov/).
Previous work experience (listed from earliest to most recent) includes international non-profit (Intermediate Technology Development Group, now known as Practical Action, Colombo, Sri Lanka), multilateral (World Meteorological Organization, Hydrology and Water Resources Department, Geneva, Switzerland), academia (University of Colombo, Department of Geography, Colombo, Sri Lanka; International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Columbia University, Palisades, NY; and Rutgers University, Department of Geography, Piscataway, NJ), and industry (Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Computational Modelling Center, Allentown, PA).
Areas of Expertise
Drought diagnostics, seasonal climate forecasting, tropical and sub-tropical climate variability, climate impacts assessment, climate change attribution, societal applications of climate research, statistical climatology, remote sensing, GIS.