ONC Staff Profile

Dilumie Abeysirigunawardena

Scientific Data Specialist, User Services

Dilumie obtained her PhD from the University of Victoria in May, 2010 with expertise on Climate Variability and Change Impact assessments on Coasts and Oceans. In her role as a scientific data specialist, she is responsible for maintaining data quality standards for our data products. She also facilitates efficient acquisition, interpretation and analysis of our observatory data for external research communities. She believes that accurate data with relevant background information is crucial for the success of any research project and considers her role in NEPTUNE Canada as the best way to contribute to that effort.

Dilumie obtained her B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Hon.) from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. She earned a MSc. in Hydraulic Engineering (with Distinction) from the International Institute for Infrastructure and Hydraulic Engineering (IHE), Delft, the Netherlands. She possesses over 10-years experience in quantitative analysis of coastal and ocean data, including verification and quality control of data and statistical data analysis. Her expertise also expands to Physical Oceanography, Physical and Mathematical modeling of hydrodynamics, waves and sediment transport modeling, statistical modeling of extremes, and assessment of climate variability and change impacts on coastal environmental drivers with special emphasis on the Pacific Ocean and South East Asian coastal margins. Her professional career includes working for 7-years as a professional coastal engineer cum coastal and ocean modeling expert in Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. She also served for over 2 years as a coastal climate impacts analyst for the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.

Dilumie is fascinated by the natural beauty of amazing Vancouver Island and considers her job with NEPTUNE Canada in Victoria as a dream come true.



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