Dr. Senaka Basnayake
Senaka works as department head for the Climate Change and Climate Risk Management unit. He is experienced in conducting research on severe weather events, executing numerical models to simulate them, and analyzing observed meteorological and climatological data for understanding climate change, variability, and extreme weather events.
Before joining ADPC in 2010, Senaka served as scientist at the theoretical division of SAARC Meteorological Research Centre (SMRC) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Previously he has worked as meteorologist at the Department of Meteorology in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and as senior meteorologist and meteorologist-in-charge at Centre for Climate Change Studies (CCCS). In 2005 - 2006, he has also served as thematic consultant of climate change for the UNDP funded National Capacity Self Assessment (NCSA) of Sri Lanka. Before his current position, he worked as urban climate risk management specialist under the Urban Disaster Risk Management unit at ADPC.
Senaka holds B.Sc. (special) degree in physics, and a postgraduate diploma and Ph.D. Degree in meteorology