Dr Tufa Dinku
Research Scientist , International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) , The Earth Institute
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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).
- Assessing Sustainability and Effectiveness of Climate Information Services in Africa (CIS)
- Building Mail-Meteo's capacity to deliver improved climate services
- Climate Services for Agriculture-Rwanda
- Enhancing Climate Information Services for Agriculture and Disaster Risk Reduction in Rwanda
- Implementation of ENACTS (Enhancing National Climate Services) in Senegal
- Implementing Enhanced National Climate Services (ENACTS) in Rwanda and Gambia
- Improving Availability of Climate Information in Madagascar
- Predicting Climatic/Hydrologic Extremes inthe Greater Horn of Africa Under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies
- Strengthening ENACTS activities in Madagascar and Tanzania
- Strengthening the MAPROOM Climate Information Service in Madagascar to Meet the Needs of Key Development Sectors
- Technical Support to the Africa Regional Hydromet Program
- The Implementation and Training for Enhancing National Climate Services (ENACTS) in Guyana
- WISER Support to Enhance Delivery of Coproduced Weather and Climate Products and Services for Priority Sectors in Somalia and South Sudan
10 PUBLICATIONS ON COLUMBIA | ACADEMIC COMMONS
- Temperature suitability for malaria climbing the Ethiopian Highlands
- Bridging critical gaps in climate services and applications in Africa
- Climate Services to Improve Public Health
- Use of Climate Information in Malaria Stratification/Early Warning Systems/Impact Assessment for Malaria Interventions
- Introduction to Remote Sensing for Monitoring Rainfall, Temperature, Vegetation and Water Bodies
- Designing Index-Based Weather Insurance for Farmers in Adi Ha, Ethiopia: Report to OXFAM America, July 2009
- Comparison of global gridded precipitation products over a mountainous region of Africa
- Use of Remote Sensing for Monitoring Climate Variability for Integrated Early Warning Systems: Applications for Human Diseases and Desert Locust Management
- Using climate information for improved health in Africa: relevance, constraints and opportunities
- Web-based climate information resources for malaria control in Africa
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.