Christina Bandaragoda

Water Resources Researcher in Seattle, Washington

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I study watershed processes - how time and space are integrated over the landscape, andhow individual processes impact the system.

I joined the University of Washington in 2014. I received my PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Master’s of Business Administration, and Master’s in Biological & Agricultural Engineering from Utah State University, and BS from Wheaton College. Prior to obtaining my graduate degrees, I worked in the National Park Service and studied International Development with extensive travel in Asia and the Caribbean. After my graduate degrees, before joining UW and in current projects, I provide hydrologic modeling services to multi-institutional watershed groups, and maintains professional relationships through sponsored projects with both agricultural and tribal science communities in the Pacific Northwest.

My research specializations are in the linkage between water resource management and theoretical physical hydrology -- using numerical modeling and software development to communicate about flood, drought, and future water scenarios. My current projects include flood model integration for Prediction and Resilience Against Extreme Events (PREEVENTS), the Landlab open-source Python modeling toolkit, and HydroShare, an online collaborative platform for sharing water data and models. I am privileged to currently be leading a NSF RAPID team that has recently proposed to build software infrastructure to prevent disasters, with a pilot to address the current humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. I'm interested in developing software innovations for sustained innovations in freshwater science and management.

To learn more about my area of work and collaborators, visit Freshwater and UW CEE Watershed Dynamics. You can also Discover data and models I have shared on HydroShare - including HydroPoetry.

  • Work
    • University of Washington
  • Education
    • Utah State University