PROF. ERANDATHIE (ERANDI) LOKUPITIYA
Professor in Environmental science,
Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences,
Director, Center for Environmental Initiatives,
University of Colombo,
Prof. Erandathie (Erandi) Lokupitiya has a Ph.D. in Ecology, focusing on climate change, greenhouse gas inventorying and regional and national scale carbon budgeting in agroecosystems. She obtained her Ph.D. from Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL) of Colorado State University (CSU), USA, and served as a Research Scientist at the Department of Atmospheric Science of the same university for about four years, until she returned to Sri Lanka in 2011. Her research interests are mostly in climate change and carbon cycle research, and while working at the CSU, she developed a fine resolution land surface model (i.e. SiBcrop) for predicting half hourly land-atmosphere carbon and energy exchanges in agroecosystems. She has served as a Co-Investigator and participating scientist in the North American Carbon Program (NACP) and led the agricultural model-data comparison under the NACP site-interim synthesis. She prepared the national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for the Agriculture, and Land use, Land use change, & Forestry (LULUCF) sectors which were included in the Second National Communication. She has served as the national expert for preparation of the GHG inventory under the ‘Sri Lanka’s Third National Communication on climate change’ to be submitted by the Ministry of Environment of Sri Lanka to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. She has also worked as a national expert for the ‘Technology Needs Assessment on Climate Change’ conducted by the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka. Prof. Lokupitiya has been working as a Professor in Environmental science at the Department of Zoology and Environment Sciences of University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and she is involved in teaching and awareness creation on Climate change as an important national and global environmental issue. She has also served as the Director of the Center for Environmental Initiatives of the University of Colombo. Currently she is the principal investigator of several national and regional scale projects concerning climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation. She has published research articles in reputed international journals, and served as a Reviewer for a large number of international journals.
PROF. FREDOLIN TANGANG
Chairman & Professor
Centre for Earth Sciences and Environment
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia,
Professor Fredolin Tangang is a professor of climatology at the Centre of Earth Sciences and Environment, Faculty of Science and Technology, the National University of Malaysia. He is an Expert on climate change and climate variability. Prof Tangang obtained his PhD in 1997 from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, where he researched and developed a model to forecast the El Nino –Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. Prof Tangang was the Vice-Chair of the Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for the Fifth Assessment Cycle (AR5; 2008 – 2015). Prof. Fredolin has a H-index of 22.
Currently he is also a fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia and also a Visiting Professor at the Ramkhamhaeng University Center for Regional Climate Change and Renewable Energy (RU-CORE), Bangkok, Thailand. Prof Tangang also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Team (SAT) of the CORDEX, a programme under the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). At the university level, he is currently the Chairman of the Centre of Earth Sciences and Environment. Prof Tangang current research focuses include climate change and climate variability over the Southeast Asia region. He is he leader of CORDEX Southeast Asia. Prof Tangang has published more than 70 publications in high impact international journals.
The Scientific Committee consists of the experts in the field from many different countries in the world. The Committee Members are involved in the review and evaluation process to ensure high academic quality of the conference.
Scientific Committee Members
Prof. Keith Paustian
Colorado State University,
Dr. Atreyee Bhattacharya
University of Colorado Boulder, United States.
Dr. Sushil Kumar Dash
Indian Institute of Technology,
Dr. Prabir Patra
Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
Dr. Sreekanth. K. J.
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research,
Dr. Tapas Bhattacharyya
Vice-Chancellor (former) of DBSKKV,
Dr. Derrick Yuk Fo LAI
The Chinese University of Hong Kong,