GoCAS public lecture in programme Advanced Prediction of Earth and Climate

​Professor Soroosh Sorooshian, University of California Irvine: Climate Variability and The Global Hydrologic Cycle: Monitoring, Modeling, and Change Prediction

The need for more efficient use and effective management of water resources is a critical global issue facing the 21st century. To address hydrologic hazards and manage water resources systems, scientists and engineers have become more reliant on the use of predictive models and stochastic methods. The hydrometeorological information needed may range from hourly forecasts (i.e., in the case of flash floods) to seasonal to inter-annual (i.e., in the case of reservoirs and other water resources system operations), and to decadal to century (i.e., in the case of long-range water supply planning and structural designs). Utility of various numerical models for practical applications will depend on the success of testing and validation against historical observations. The availability of in-situ observational data of sufficient spatial and temporal resolutions, especially at the global scale, poses a major challenge. An alternative to ground-based observations is the use of Satellite remote sensing to estimate key hydrometeorological variables such as precipitation. This presentation introduces new data products based on the PERSIANN system, developed at CHRS at UC Irvine. It is available near real-time high-resolution (4km, 30 min.) dataset iRain and the 34 years+ (Daily, 25 km) precipitation Climate Data Record known as PERSIANN-CDR, which is becoming a widely used dataset, will be presented.

Short biography of the speaker:
Dr. Sorooshian is a distinguished professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California Irvine and Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and the International Academy of Astronautics. He is also a fellow of the AAAS, AGU, and the IWRA among others. He has served as the chairman for the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment of the World Climate Research Programme. Among many honors, Dr. Sorooshian was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the American Meteorological Society’s Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship award, the UNESCO’s Great Man-made River Water Prize, the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water, the Ven Te chow award from the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Environmental and Water Resources Institute in recognition of his lifetime achievements in the field of hydrology and hydrometeorology.

Coffee and snacks will be served after the lecture.

​Last day to sign up is September 10, registration
Category Public lecture
Location: Euler, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Skeppsgränd 3
Starts: 17 September, 2018, 17:15
Ends: 17 September, 2018, 19:00

Published: Tue 04 Sep 2018. Modified: Wed 05 Sep 2018