Dr. Witold F. Krajewski is the Rose and Joseph Summers Chair of Water Resources Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Research Engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. Since 2009, he has served as Director of the Iowa Flood Center.
Dr. Krajewski received an M.S. (1976) and a Ph.D. (1980) from Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, in environmental engineering and water resources systems. He was a Research Hydrologist at the Office of Hydrology of the National Weather Service until 1987, when he joined the University of Iowa.
Dr. Krajewski’s scientific interests concern measuring, modeling, and forecasting precipitation using radar and satellite remote sensing. His current research focuses on understanding the genesis of floods through field experimentation and modeling, and the quantification of uncertainty in hydrologic prediction at a range of temporal and spatial scales. Dr. Krajewski has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals.
He is Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He has served on numerous committees and panels of these and other professional organizations, and on the editorial boards of several journals. He was Editor of Advances in Water Resources. In 2012 he was Chair of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc.
Prof. Eiichi Nakakita is vice director of Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University since 2015 and professor of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Disasters Division, DPRI since 2004. He received Bachelor, Masters, and Ph.D, Eng. degrees from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1983, 1985 and 1990 respectively. He started his career at Water Resources Research Center at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University from 1985 first as research associate and later promoted to Associate Professor. In 1992 he spent about one sabbatical year at Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research at The University of Iowa. He has been holding visiting researcher/professor position at various national and international institution, e.g. National Research Institute for Erath Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), Japan, Tropical Marine Science Institute at National University of Singapore, and University Technology MARA, MALAYSIA. His research fields are Hydrometeorology and Radar Hydrology, Rainfall and flood predictions, Climate change impact assessment and adaptation. He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals in radar hydrology, meteorology, urban hydrology, civil engineering, water resources engineering. He received research awards such as ”Prize for Encouragement from Japan Society of Civil Engineers” in 1993, “Science Award from Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources” in 2012 and “Gambo Awards from Meteorological Society of Japan” in 2016. He is leading big collaborative research projects with other universities and institutes such as “Integrated Research on State-of-the-art Multi-sensors In-situ Observation of Storm Genesis, and Reduction of Serious Disaster due to Heavy Rainfall” and Team D of “Program for Risk Information on Climate Change”, supported by the Ministry of Education Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
He is a member of the River Council of Japan, Committee on Utilizing Weather Radar into River Management in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, and Committees on Climate change and Adaptation in MLIT, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and MEXT. He is also a member of Leadership Team, Climate Change Working Group, Technical Divisions of Innovation and Professional Development (IPD), IAHR.
Dr. Dong-Jun (DJ) Seo is the Robert S. Gooch Professor of Water Resources Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He received MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from Utah State University. Dr. Seo has over 25 years of experience in hydrology, hydrometeorology and water resources engineering. Before joining UTA, he led the Hydrometeorology Group and Hydrologic Ensemble Prediction Group of the National Weather Service’s Office of Hydrologic Development (now the National Water Center) over a 15-year period. His research areas include rainfall estimation and short-term prediction, hydrologic modeling, data assimilation, ensemble prediction, optimal estimation and control. Dr. Seo has published over 80 papers and served as associated editors of the Journal of Hydrometeorology and the Journal of Hydrology, and the lead guest editors for the Journal of Hydrology Special Issues on Hydrologic Applications of Weather Radar, and Ensemble Prediction and Data Assimilation for Operational Hydrology.
Dr. Alan Seed is Manager of Science and Engineering in the Bureau's Observations and Infrastructure Branch, and manages the scientists and engineers who are responsible for building the Bureau's observation infrastructure. He is also a Principal Research Scientist in the Research and Development Branch and leads the development of operational radar rainfall estimation and nowcasting systems for the Bureau. His research interests include stochastic modelling of rainfall in space and time, radar rainfall estimation, and using radar data for very short-term (0-6 hours, called nowcasts) rainfall forecasts.
Dr. Jian Zhang is the lead scientist for the research and development of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor hydromet system. She received a BS degree in atmospheric physics from Beijing University (1984) and a PhD degree in meteorology from University of Oklahoma, USA (1999). Her research interests include radar data quality control, radar mosaic, radar and multi-sensor rainfall estimation and forecast. Dr. Zhang has published more than 50 journal articles. She received an Excellence in Aviation award from the US Federal Aviation Administration in 2002 for the development of a national radar mosaic system and a Silver Medal Award from the US Department of Commerce in 2015 for the successful transition of the Multi-Radar Multi-Sensor system into operations.
Dr. Alexis Berne is heading the Environmental Remote Sensing Laboratory at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland since 2006. He is currently Associate Professor in the Environmental Engineering Institute. Dr. Berne received a MSc (1998) in Water Resources from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble, France, and a PhD (2002) from the University Joseph Fourier, also in Grenoble. His research activities focus on radar hydrometeorology, precipitation microstructure and microphysics, as well as stochastic simulation of rainfall fields, with a particular interest in mountainous regions. He is (co-)author of about 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and he has served as associate editor for Water Resources Research from 2009 to 2015.
Prof. Remko Uijlenhoet received both the MSc degree (Hydrology and Water Resources, 1990) and the PhD degree (Hydrometeorology, 1999) from Wageningen University. From 1997 to 1999 he was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Laboratoire d’Etude des Transferts en Hydrologie et Environnement (LTHE) in Grenoble, France. From 2000 to 2001 he was a Research Associate in the Water Resources Program at Princeton University, USA. In 2001 he received a 5-year grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to set up a research team in Hydrometeorology, within the Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management Group at Wageningen University. In 2006 he became an Associate Professor and in 2007 he was appointed Full Professor and Chair Holder of Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management at Wageningen University.
Prof. Chandrasekar (Chandra) is currently a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), Fort Collins. He has been actively involved with research and development of weather radar systems for over 30 years. He has played a key role in developing the CSU-CHILL National Radar Facility as one of the most advanced meteorological radar systems available for research and education and serves as the Engineering Director of the Facility. He has also served as the Research Director of the NSF-ERC, Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. He is an avid experimentalist designing experiments to collect in situ observations to verify the new techniques and technologies. He is a co-author of two text books and five general books, and 200 journal articles. He has served as academic advisor for over 60 graduate students.
Dr. Chandrasekar served as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic technology, and the General Chair of IGARSS 2006. He has been a visiting professor of National Research Council of Italy; Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA (GSFC), and currently serves as the Visiting Professor at University of Helsinki and Finnish Meteorological Institute, and Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, and CUIT. He has received numerous awards including, Knighted by the Government of Finland, NOAA/ NWS Director’s Medal of Excellence, CSU Outstanding Researcher Award, NASA Technical Contribution Award, IEEE Education Award, He is an Elected Fellow of the, American Meteorological Society and NOAA/ CIRA and the IEEE.
Dr. Kuolin Hsu served as associate director of Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) and Professor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California-Irvine (UCI). Dr. Hsu received a M.S. (1986) from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. (1996) from University of Arizona. His research interests cover multi-sensor quantitative precipitation estimation (QPE), hydrologic process modeling, and water resources system management. His recent research focuses are on developing multi-sensors QPE, uncertainty analysis of multi-sensor precipitation estimation, and reconstruction of historical precipitation dataset for hydroclimate extreme events analysis. Dr. Hsu has published more than 90 journal articles and 10 book chapters in his research areas.