Dr Prasanth Valayamkunnath
Assistant Professor Grade I (Earth, Environmental and Sustainability Sciences)
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After high school, I was curious about the Indian Summer Monsoon and how the land surface and atmosphere interact. I enrolled at Kerala Agricultural University to learn about land surface hydrology and the water cycle. I pursued my master's degree at IIT Kharagpur to enhance my knowledge of climate change and Hydrology. My academic journey led me to Virginia Tech (USA) for Ph.D. studies in 2014. Using regional climate models, remote sensing techniques, and in-situ datasets, I was able to investigate the impact of ecosystem-level vegetation dynamics and human-induced alterations, such as cropland and agricultural water management, on land-atmosphere interactions and climate extremes. After completing my Ph.D. in 2019, I became an associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), USA. In that role, I worked towards enhancing the predictive capabilities of the Noah-MP land surface model and the WRF-Hydro hydrology model. My efforts centered on developing and coding physics related to rainfall-runoff partitioning, agricultural water management, and groundwater-surface water interactions. Additionally, I had the honor of co-leading the development of the modern, refactored version of the Noah-MP land surface model. As of December 2022, I have taken on a new chapter in my academic journey by joining IISER TVM and establishing our research laboratory – Hydrometeorology and Climate Research Laboratory (HyCResLab).