CW3E Welcomes Dr. Sagar Parajuli

March 1, 2023

Sagar Parajuli joined CW3E on February 21, 2023, and experienced the historical winter storm of late February in California with a lot of rain and cold winds. Sagar is a researcher with expertise in regional and global climate modeling as well as climate data analysis. He has extensively worked on identifying the various sources of natural and anthropogenic aerosols and in understanding their impact on air quality and climate including rainfall processes. Besides, he is also interested in climate and environmental policies, public health, and sustainable development.

Sagar originally comes from the Himalayan country of Nepal but has lived and worked in diverse work environments – from UAE and Saudi Arabia to USA. He brings a unique inter-disciplinary expertise to the CW3E team. Before joining CW3E, Sagar worked at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia for more than 5 years, where he looked at the vertical distribution of aerosols and their interaction with sea breezes and quantified the direct and indirect effects of dust on coastal rainfall. Before joining KAUST Sagar worked at The University of California, Irvine as a postdoctoral researcher after his PhD in Geosciences (2016) from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA. He did his master’s degree in Water and Environmental Engineering from Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Institute of Engineering, Lalitpur, Nepal.

At CW3E, Sagar will be working on improving the rainfall simulations over the western coast of the US using WRF/WRF-Chem. With his diverse experience in aerosol modeling, land surface processes and satellite/ground-based data analysis, he will also be working on understanding the various physical processes that contribute to the spatiotemporal variability of atmospheric rivers and associated rainfall patterns over this region.