Jayantha Obeysekera


University: Florida Atlantic University


Department/Title: Florida Center for Environmental Studies / Research Affiliate
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Jayantha Obeysekera is the Director of the Hydrologic & Environmental Systems Modeling Department at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), a regional governmental agency in South Florida, United States. Dr. Obeysekera holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from University of Sri Lanka, M. Eng. from University of Roorkee, India, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University with specialization in water resources. Prior to joining SFWMD in 1987, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Colorado State University. He also has taught courses in the water resources area at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. He has also held the position of Courtesy Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of South Florida in Tampa. During his career, Dr. Obeysekera has published nearly 40 research articles in refereed journals and over 50 others in the field of water resources. Dr. Obeysekera has over 25 years of experience practicing water resources engineering with an emphasis on computer modeling with emphasis on implications of climate variability on planning and operations of complex water resources systems. He has taught short courses on modeling in the countries of Dominican Republic, Colombia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and U.S. Recently he was appointed as a member of National Research Council committees to review hydrologic studies of the Klamath River Basin in Oregon and California, and the Sustainability of California Bay-Delta, and as an external advisory member to review the computer modeling of the New Orleans area in the aftermath of the hurricane Katrina. He was a co-principal investigator for a US NSF funded project on the investigation of the tsunami impacts on coastal water resources in Sri Lanka. His group has been instrumental in the application of climate outlook on such indices as ENSO and AMO in planning and operations of the south Florida water resources system and has recently published chapter on this experience in a book published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Presently, he is the technical lead for climate change and climate variability investigations at SFWMD.

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