Dr. Wasana Isuri Jayawardena (Senior Lecturer in Physics)
Department of Physics
The Open University of Sri Lanka
P.O. Box 21, Nawala,
Room: 3rd floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : 209
Work Phone: +94 11 011 2881267
Senior Lecturer, Department of physics, Open university of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, 2014-todate
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2013-2014
Senior Lecturer, Department of physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012-2013
Researcher, Department of physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2000-2012
B.Sc. (Hons.) , University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 1999.
M.Phill.( Physics), University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2004
Ph.D. ( Atmospheric Physics),University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2012.
Membership of professional bodies and groups:
Life Member of the Sri Lanka Association of Advancement of Science (SLAAS)
Graduate Member of the Institute of Physics, Sri Lanka (IPSL)
Member of the Atmospheric & Lightning Research Group, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
Numerical methods for atmospheric modeling, Operational meteorology, Mountain meteorology, Aviation meteorology, Extreme weather events, Dispersion of atmospheric pollutants, Wind pattern and wind energy over Sri Lanka and surrounding region, Climate change and related topics, Environmental Physics.
Areas of Specialization:
Weather forecasting, Mountain meteorology, Extreme weather events, Dispersion of atmospheric pollutants, Aviation meteorology, Climate change, Wind pattern and wind energy over Sri Lanka and surrounding region
Atmospheric Physics, Renewable energy sources
H.K.W.I. Perera and D.U.J. Sonnadara, Preliminary results of short term and long term rainfall forecasting, IPSL, Proc. 16th Technical Session, Sri Lanka (2000)
H.K.W.I. Perera, D.U.J. Sonnadara and D.R. Jayewardene, Preliminary results of Markov model approach in forecasting wet/dry condition over short periods, SLAAS, Proc. 56th Annual Session, Sri Lanka (2000).
H.K.W.I. Perera, D.U.J. Sonnadara and D.R. Jayewardene, Forecasting the occurrence of rainfall in selected weather stations in the wet and dry zones of Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan J. of Physics, 3 (2002) 39-53
H.K.W.I. Jayawardene, D.U.J. Sonnadara and D. R. Jayewardene, Spatial interpolation of weekly rainfall depth in the Dry zone of Sri Lanka, Climate Research, 29 (2005) 223-231
H.K.W.I Jayawardene, D.U.J. Sonnadara and D.R. Jayewardene, Trends of Rainfall in Sri Lanka over the last century, Sri Lankan J. of Physics, 6 (2005) 7-17
L.Enger, W. Jayawardene, A dynamic model for simulating air pollution and wind field in Sri Lanka, The 28th international conference on Alpine Meteorology, Croatian meteorological Journal, 40 (2005) 685
H.K.W. Jayawardene, L.Enger, The effect of Mountain Wake Vorticity on Lightning Occurence in Sri Lanka, International Symposium on Lightning Protection, Kathmandu, Nepal, 12-14 October 2011. Expect to publish on ” Lightning protection” publication by NAM S&T Center, New Delhi, India.
H.K.W.I Jayawardene, L.Enger, Preliminary work of climatic variation of lightning pattern and The effect of Mountain Wake Vorticity on Lightning Occurence in Sri Lanka, International Workshop on ‘Climate Change and Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Asia-Pacific Region’, November 22-24, 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Matthias Mohr, Wasana Jayawardena, Johan Arnqvist and Hans Bergström Wind energy estimation over forest canopies using WRF mesoscale model, Poster presentation, EWEA 2014 , 10-13 March 2014, Barcelona, Spain (2014).
W. Jayawardene, M. Fernando, U. Sonnadara, Satellite observation of lightning activities over Sri Lanka, IPSL, Proc. 30th Technical Session, Sri Lanka (2014).
H.K.W.I. Jayawardene, D.R. Jayewardene and D.U.J. Sonnadara, Interannual variability of rainfall in Sri Lanka, J. Natn. Sci. Foundation Sri Lanka 43 (1) 75-82 (2015).
H.K.W.I Jayawardene, L.Enger, Numerical simulation of air pollution dispersion in a lee side wake: A case study at south western part of Sri Lanka, Poster presentation, 15th AeroCom and 4th AeroSAT workshops and 15th CTWF international symposium on atmospheric aerosol, 19-27 September, Beijing, China, (2016).
H. K. W. I. Jayawardena, Understanding Connections between Climate, Extreme Weather, Air Quality, and Health with a Glance at Sri Lanka, International Roundtable on the Impact of Extreme Natural Events: Science and Technology for Mitigation. 13-15 December 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka (2017).
Rupasinghe, K. K. D. L. Ruvinda, H. K. W. I. Jayawardena (2018)Monte Carlo simulation of 6mv photon beam characteristics with dosimetric functions for medical linear accelerator applications. Open University International Research Sessions 2018 (iOURS 2018), 29-30 November 2018, The Open University of Sri Lanka.
Upul Sonnadara, Wasana Jayawardena, Mahendra Fernando (2019) Climatology of lightning flash activities over Sri Lanka. Theoretical and Applied Climatology (2019) 137:3173–3182 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00704-019-02808-w).
Contributions to Books:
The Effect of Mountain Wake Vorticity on Lightning Occurrence in Sri Lanka (H. K. W. I. Jayawardena, Sri Lanka), Lightning Protection, edited by Dr. Shriram Sharma, NAM S&T Centre, 2013: ,ISBN-978-81-7035-835-0