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Dr Tufa Dinku

Research Scientist , International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) , The Earth Institute

61 Route 9W
102 Monell Building
Palisades, NY 10964
USA

BIOGRAPHY: Tufa Dinku has over 25 years of operational and research experience in the field of climate science and its applications. This includes 12years of operational meteorology at the National Meteorology Agency of Ethiopia and 14 years of research and applications at the IRI. He received a BSc in physics from Addis Ababa University, a post-graduate diploma in meteorology from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, and MSc and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering/hydrometeorology from the University of Connecticut in the United States. Dr. Dinku leads IRI's ENACTS (Enhancing National Climate Services) program, which is a unique multi-faceted initiative designed to improve climate services and to bring climate knowledge into national decision-making for different sectors. Dr. Dinku also leads the development of IRI's Climate Data Tools (CDT).

OTHER PUBLICATIONS:

Dinku, T. (2020): Remote Sensing of African Rainfall. Oxford Research Encyclopedia (in press).

Dinku, T. (2020): The Value of Satellite Rainfall Estimates in Agriculture and Food Security. In Levizzani V, Kidd C, Kirschbaum DB, Kummerow CD, Nakamura K, Turk J(ed.) Satellite Precipitation Measurement. Springer book (in press).

Dinku, T.(2019): Challenges with Availability and Quality of Climate Data in Africa. In A. M. Mellese, W. Abtew and G. Senay(ed.) Extreme Hydrology and Climate Variability, Springer book.
Siebert A., Dinku T., Vuguziga F., Twahirwa A., Kagabo D.M., delCorral J., and Robertson AW(2019): Evaluation of ENACTS-Rwanda: A new multi-decade, high-resolution rainfall and temperature data set—Climatology. International Journal of Climatology, 39:3104–3120. DOI: 10.1002/joc.6010.

Hansen J.W., Vaughan C., Kagabo D.M., Dinku T., Car E.R., Körner J., and Zougmoré R.B. (2019): Climate Services Can Support African Farmers’ Context-Specific Adaptation Needs at Scale. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 3:21. doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2019.00021.

Dinku, T., C. Funk, P. Peterson P, R. Maidment, T. Tadesse, H. Gadain, and P. Ceccato, (2018): Validation of the CHIRPS satellite rainfall estimates over eastern Africa. Q J R Meteorol Soc., 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.3244

Dinku, T., Thomson, M.C., Cousin, R., del Corral, J., Ceccato, P., Hansen, J., Connor, S.J. (2017): Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS) for Development in Africa. Climate and Development. DOI:10.1080/17565529.2017.1405784

Dinku, T., Alessandrini, S., Evangelist, M., and Rojas, O. (2015): A description and evaluation of FAO satellite rainfall estimation algorithm. Atmospheric Research, 163, 48-60.

Dinku, T., Block, P., Sharoff, J., Thmoson, M., (2014): Bridging Critical Gaps in Climate Services and Applications in Africa. Earth Perspectives. 1(15).

Dinku, T., A. Kanemba, B. Platzer and M. C. Thomson (2014): Leveraging the Climate for Improved Malaria Control in Tanzania." Earthzine.http://www.earthzine.org/2014/02/15/.

Dinku, T., Hailemariam, K., Maidement, R.,Tarnavsky, E. and Connor, S.J., (2013): Combined Use of Satellite Estimates and Raingauge Observations to Produce High-Quality Historical Rainfall Time Series Over Ethiopia. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.3855.

Dinku, T., Asefa, K., Hailemariam, K., Grimes, D., and Connor, S.J. (2011): Improving Availability, Access and Use of Climate Information. WMO Bulletin, 60 (2), 80-86.

Dinku, T., P. Ceccato, and S.J. Connor(2011): Challenges to Satellite Rainfall Estimation over Mountainous and Arid Parts of East Africa. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32(21), 5965-5979.

Dinku, T., Ceccato, P., and Connor, S.J. (2010): Comparison of CMORPH and TRMM-3B42 over Mountainous Regions of Africa and South America. In M. Gebremichael and F. Hossaim (eds.) Satellite Rainfall Applications for Surface Hydrology, Springer, 193-204.

Dinku, T., F. Ruiz, S.J. Connor and P. Ceccato(2010): Validation of satellite rainfall products over Colombia. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 49, 1004-1014, doi: 10.1175/2009JAMC2260.1

Dinku, T., P. Ceccato, K. Cressman and S.J. Connor(2010): Evaluation of daily satellite rainfall products over desert locust recession regions. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 1322-1332, doi: 10.1175/2010JAMC2281.1.

Dinku, T(2010): The Need for National Centers for Climate and Development in Africa. Climate and Development, 2,9-13.

Vancutsem, C., P. Ceccato, T. Dinku, S. J. Connor (2010): Evaluation of MODIS Land surface temperature data to estimate air temperature in different ecosystems over Africa. Remote Sensing of Environment, 114: 449-465.

Dinku, T, Connor SJ and P. Ceccato (2010): Evaluation of Satellite Rainfall Estimates and Gridded Gauge Products over the Upper Blue Nile Region. In A. Mellese (ed.) Nile River Basin: Hydrology, Climate and Land Use, Springer book.

Dinku, T., P. Ceccato, and S.J. Connor(2010): Comparison of CMORPH and TRMM-3B42 over Mountainous Regions of Africa and South America. In M. Gebremichael and F. Hossaim (eds.) Satellite Rainfall Applications for Surface Hydrology, Springer, 193-204.

Dinku, T., S.J. Connor, P. Ceccato, and C.F. Ropelewski (2008): Intercomparison of global gridded rainfall products over complex terrain in Africa, International Journal of Climatology ,28, 1627-1638.

Dinku, T., S. Chidzambwa P. Ceccato, S.J. Connor and C.F. Ropelewski(2008): Validation of high-resolution satellite rainfall products over complex terrain in Africa . International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29 (14), 4097–4110.

Dinku, T. and E. N. Anagnostou(2007): Investigating Seasonal PR-TMI Calibration Differences. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Technology, 25 (7), 1228–1237.

Dinku, T., P. Ceccato, E. Grover-Kopec, M. Lemma, S.J. Connor and C.F. Ropelewski (2007): Validation of satellite rainfall products over East Africa’s complex topography. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 28(7), 1503–1526.

Connor, S. J., P. Ceccato, T. Dinku, J. Omumbo, E. K. Grover-Kopec, M. C. Thomson(2006): Using climate information for improved health in Africa: relevance, constraints and opportunities. Geospatial Health,1: 17-31.

Dinku, T. and E. N. Anagnostou(2006): TRMM Calibration of SSM/I Algorithm for Overland Rainfall Estimation. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 45(6), 875–886.

Grover-Kopec, E. K., B. M. Blumenthal, P. N. Ceccato, T. Dinku, J. Omumbo, and S. J Connor (2006): Web-based climate information resources for malaria control in Africa. Malaria Journal, 5(38).

Dinku, T. and E. N. Anagnostou(2005): Regional Differences in Overland Rainfall Estimation from PR Calibrated TMI Algorithm. Journal of Applied Meteorology,44(2),189-205.

Dinku, T., E. N. Anagnostou, M. Borga, 2002: Improving Radar-Based Estimation of Rainfall over Complex Terrain. Journal of Applied Meteorology:41(12),1163–1178.

Anagnostou, E. N., Carlos A. Morales, Tufa Dinku (2001): The Use of TRMM Precipitation Radar Observations in Determining Ground Radar Calibration Biases. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology: 18(4), 616–628.