Webinar on Climate Change and its impact on Sri Lanka – 20th May
The Department of Geography organized a webinar on Climate Change and Its Impact on 20th May 2021.
Mr. Sarath Premalal, – former Director General, Meteorological Department, Sri Lanka, Dr. Senaka Basnayake – Director, Climate Resilience Unit, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardhane – former Director, Meteorology Division, Natural Resource Management Centre, Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, Dr. (Ms) Savithri Ranasinghe – Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka and Dr. Gamini Jayathissa – Director, Landslide Research and Risk Management Division, National Building Research Organisation., Sri Lanka participated as main resource persons at this event.
Mr. Sarath Premalal who was the first speaker of the webinar spoke about the ’Climate Change and its Extremes’ and Dr. Senaka Basnayake delivered his lecture on ‘Regional Perspective on Floods and Drought’. The third speaker, Dr. B. V. R. Punyawardhane focused his talk on ‘Climate Change and its impact on Sri Lankan Agriculture while Dr. (Ms) Savithri Ranasinghe, conducted her lecture on ‘Relationship between ENSO phenomenon and Seasonal Rainfall’. The last speaker of the webinar, Dr. Gamini Jayathissa explained about the ‘Climate Change and Landslide Disaster in Sri Lanka’. Each lecture was limited to 20-30 minutes followed by a Question-and-Answer session.
There were more than 60 participants including professionals, students and other interested parties for this webinar. The post webinar comments revealed that the webinar was an interesting and innovative one giving opportunity for many to use the lectures as study materials.