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Multi-scale Operational Application of High Resolution Numerical Weather Prediction Models in Food-Water-Energy Sectors

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many meteorological agencies run operational numerical weather prediction (NWP) models globally and make weather forecasts available in near real-time. These publicly available forecast of atmospheric conditions can be considered a low-hanging fruit for improving decision making by agencies with a mandate to improve security in food, energy and water (FEW) for their stakeholders. One of the key challenges for sustainable use of global NWP in many operational environments is the lack of adequate computational resources and internet bandwidth to process high resolution weather forecasts in real-time. This talk will overview two case studies of real-world operational application of NWP forecasts in the FEW sectors of Asia and the USA. The talk will address some key challenges and suggest a way forward for improving decision making with global NWP model data.


About the Speaker: Faisal Hossain (Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington)

Faisal Hossain is a professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 2004, his M.S (1999) and B.S (1996) in Civil Engineering from The National University of Singapore and Indian Institute of Technology, respectively. His research interests are hydrologic remote sensing, sustainable and transboundary water resources engineering, and engineering education. He is the recipient of awards such as NASA New Investigator Award (2008), US Fulbright Faculty Award (2012), American Geophysical Union (AGU) Charles Falkenberg Award (2012) and ASCE Walter Huber Award (2015).

Faisal Hossain has published over 135 peer-reviewed journal articles, authored an undergraduate textbook, edited four books and contributed nine book chapters. His capacity building and education initiatives involving satellite remote sensing and numerical weather prediction has resulted in several independently-owned management system for Governments of several Asian nations for improved water, food and energy security. Currently he serves as Editor for Journal of Hydrometeorology and Applications lead for Science Team of Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) Satellite Mission that is scheduled for launch in in 2022. He was most recently the chair for ASCE Task Committee on “Water Infrastructure, Weather and Climate.”

Host: Ali Douraghy


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