Archana Shrestha

Nepal | Fulbright S&T awardee 2009 | University of Wisconsin, Madison | Atmospheric Sciences

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Archana Shrestha is a Ph.D. candidate from Nepal in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is investigating extreme event dynamics in the Nepalese Himalayas during the monsoon season and its change due to global warming.

The Himalayas are one of the mountainous regions of the world that are least understood meteorologically. Although in the recent years, more and more research is being carried out on the South Asian monsoon, little attention has been given to monsoon in Himalayas. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has indicated a future increase in extreme events in South Asia, including in the Himalayas, during monsoons.

Archana’s research will help in understanding the dynamics of extreme events and future changes in Nepalese Himalayas. Although her focus is geographically limited to Nepal, her research will also be useful in understanding extreme events in other South Asian countries that share the Himalayas, including Pakistan, India, and Bhutan that share the Himalayas. Her research will also contribute to monsoon research, mountain meteorology, and improving our understanding of climate change.

Prior to her selection as an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, Archana completed her Bachelor’s degree in Nepal and a Master’s degree in Nepal and Canada. She is affiliated with the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (National Meteorological Service) of Nepal. She has also been involved in number of projects on Regional Climate Modeling and Climate Change adaptation in Nepal. Her ultimate goal is to provide climate and weather related information and services that could make difference in lives of people.