I had less difficulty in the discovery of motion of heavenly bodies in spite of their astonishing distances than in the investigation of movement of water before our very eyes.
– Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642)
Dr. Ramesh Teegavarapu (Dr. T.) is currently a professor and graduate program director & coordinator in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics department at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Boca Raton, Florida and founder and leader of the Hydrosystems Research Laboratory (HRL) in the department. He is a Fulbright Scholar and also a Fulbright Specialist. He has over 15 years of experience in hydrological modeling and water resources systems area. Prior to his tenure at FAU, he has worked as Assistant Director of Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI) and Assistant Professor (visiting and adjunct) at University of Kentucky, and also as Research Engineer at University of California, Davis. Dr. Teegavarapu is a recipient of several national and international awards/recognitions and the major ones include: 2016-2018 Fulbright Scholar Award and Fulbright Specialist Recognition (by United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), member of Open Panel of Commission for Hydrology Experts (OPACHE) of World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Scholar of the Year (2017) at FAU, ASCE-EWRI Task Committee Excellence Award, Outstanding Service as a Technical Program Co-Chair, EWRI, ASCE, two university level Excellence and Innovation in teaching Awards (2009, 2018) at FAU, one of eight finalists selected to Distinguished Teacher of the Year award at FAU and College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) faculty teaching Award 2019, College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS) Faculty Research Award 2020, Frontiers in Assessment Methods for the Environment Grant, AEESP and special award to speak at a Workshop on International Framework on Water Dynamics at Kyoto University, Japan and invited researcher under Brain Korea 21 (BK21) Program, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) fellow, Canada, Canadian Water Resources Association Scholarship/Award and British Hydrological Society Fellowship. He has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for a period of three years (2019-2022). He has been invited to give invited and keynote lectures in Chengdu, China and Prague recently and several other conference venues in the past 10 years. Dr. T. has presented talks and organized technical sessions in Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, China, Canada, Czech Republic, South Korea, Italy, India, Panama and the Netherlands. He has served as grant proposal reviewer for The National Fund for Scientific and Technological Research (FONDECYT), Chile, USGS (104G grants) NIWR, USA and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), United Kingdom, Canada Foundation for Innovation, NASA EPSCoR, NSERC Discovery Grant, Canada, The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek –[NOW]) and currently serves as a member of international leadership team on climate change with IAHR. He has served as independent and expert reviewer for several projects and agencies and served on NSF-GRF panels for the past three years. He is currently a member of Climate Change Working (CWG) Group, International Association of Hydro-environmental Research (IAHR). Dr. Teegavarapu has recently completed a visiting research professor appointment at Kobe University, Japan for two months (2015-2016, 2019-2020). Dr. T. recently has recently spent one and half month in Italy on two visiting professor appointments (Politecnico Di Torino and Universita Degli Studi Di Brescia). He has taught a graduate course (didattica di eccellenza) on Spatial Analysis for Water Resource Modeling and Management at Politecnico Di Torino. Dr. T. has recently completed his Fulbright Scholar assignment at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, from December 2016 and and also three months in Summer of 2017.
Dr. T.’s major research focus area is Precipitation Analysis and Estimation
Dr. Teegavarapu has published over 110 technical articles in high impact journals and conference proceedings and also authored twenty (20; 17 of them as a sole author) book chapters, five(5) mini-Chapters and book. He is currently writing seven book chapters in two books. He is the sole and co-editor of three books including lead on two of them. He is sole author or co-author of more than 45 technical reports. He has served as a reviewer for over 80 international technical journals and 45 international conferences. He has been recognized for excellent reviews by four editors of the journals. He received national and international honors for his work and his works have been cited in hundreds of (Google Scholar citations: more than 1800, H-index: 21 and i10-index: 34) international research journals and publications. His works have been used for classroom instruction and his methods were used in several research studies throughout the world. He currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE, European Water and Journal of Hydroinformatics and served as a Guest editor for a special issue on Radar-based precipitation for Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, ASCE. One of the research projects recently completed by him for USGS is selected as one of the best research projects at the national level. He has presented over 110 talks and 45 research posters including several invited and session keynote lectures. He has chaired, convened and moderated over 70 technical sessions at national and international conferences and served on advisory committees of conferences and as general and technical co-chair of two international conferences. Dr. Teegavarapu’s research is funded by several state and national agencies including: NSF, FEMA, USGS, USDOT, USACE, FDEP, SFWMD, SWFWMD, NSERC, PRIDE/NOAA and several others. Total research funding at FAU from August 2006 to August 2018 is over 4.6 million.
Dr. T.’s current research interests focus on climate variability and change, precipitation processes, water and environmental systems modeling extreme precipitation events, spatial interpolation and geo-statistical methods, radar meteorology, rain-radar (NEXRAD) relationships. He is the author several software including RAIN (Rainfall Analysis and INterpolation) software for interpolation and estimation of missing precipitation data and co-author of a Bias Analysis Tool (BAT) software for assessment of radar-based precipitation data. He has served as a vice-chair for the “Radar (NEXRAD/NWS WSR88-D) Rainfall Datasets” and the “Uncertainty Analysis Approaches in Hydrologic Modeling” task committees with Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee (SWHTC), ASCE and member of AGU Hydrology Group. He is also member of International Leadership Team on Climate Change of International Association of Hydro-Environmental Research and served as a general co-chair of Weather Radar and Hydrology (WRaH) International conference held in April, 2014. He is currently vice-chair of Surface Water Hydrology Technical Committee of ASCE. He is also a member of three sections: (1) Water Resources Assessment; (2) Hydrology and Data Operations and Management and (3) Hydrological Forecasting and Prediction of OPACHE [Open Panel of Commission of Hydrology Experts] of WMO (World Meteorological Organization).
He has recently authored a book on “Floods in a Changing Climate: Extreme Precipitation” published by Cambridge University Press, U.K. He has co-authored a book chapter on precipitation to be published by ASCE. He co-edited a book on Radar Rainfall Estimation in which he authored four chapters. He is also currently author of two chapters one on: “Climate Variability and Precipitation Extremes” and another one on “Sustainable management of water resources under climate change” and co-editor of the book published by Springer this year and and author of one chapter in Handbook of Applied Hydrology published by McGraw Hill. He is recently edited book on “Trends and Variations in Hydroclimatic Variables: Links to Climate Variability and Change” was published by Elsevier this year. He has authored three chapters in this book. He is also the lead editor of the monograph and author of one chapter on precipitation in “Statistical Analysis of Hydrologic Variables: Methods and Applications” published by ASCE in May 2019. He is currently editing one book and co-authoring another with Taylor and Frances and CRC Press.