FIU bridges cooperation between global modeling professionals

Jayantha Obeysekera, director of Sea Level Solutions in the FIU Institute of Environment, recently led a virtual week-long international workshop on hydrologic, hydraulic and groundwater modeling.

Zoom screenshot of presentation

At the request of the Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science (SLAAS), Water Forum of the Institution of Engineers in Sri Lanka (IESEL) and the Sri Lanka Association of the Institution of Civil Engineers (SLAICE), Obeysekera organized and presented the remote workshop for engineers and other modeling professionals in Sri Lanka.

The workshop consisted of presentations by experts on relevant topics, including flood and rainfall frequency analysis, floodplain management and modeling in scarce data environments. Fellow Institute of Environment researchers Tiffany Troxler and Michael Sukop provided lectures for the event as did postdoctoral associate Khandker Ishtiaq.

External modeling experts who joined the team of presenters included:

The 10.5-hour time difference required the workshop to be held 2-3 hours a day from 8:30 p.m. EST to 11:30 p.m. EST over a 7-day period from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24, 2020.

Exceeding expectations of the organizing committee, over 150 engineers and other professionals participated in the event. The workshop allowed FIU to bolster capacity-building efforts in Sri Lanka by covering state-of-the-art, affordable open-source software.

For more information or to access to the webinar presentations, please contact Obeysekera.