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Atmospheric Modelling Analyst,
Water and Air
As an Atmospheric Modelling Analyst withing the Water and Air theme, I look into air pollution and related issues including determination of pollution status, understanding pollutant transport and dispersion, analysis of underlying physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere, source apportionment of pollutants, emission inventory building and analysis, air pollution impact analysis and mitigation strategies. At present, I am looking into various aspects of the winter fog problem across the HKH region and am compiling an emission inventory for the region. In my current position, I simulate chemical transport models (WRF-Chem) to understand physical and chemical processes, source contribution and scenario analysis and analyze observations from ground-based monitoring, satellite data and other re-analysis datasets.
Abhishek Kumar Upadhyay
How do you protect the pulse of the planet?
I protect the pulse of the planet through my work in air pollution mitigation, which is very crucial for overall environmental protection since air pollution is severely effecting human health, climate, agriculture and entire ecosystems.
What is your favorite part of the work you do at ICIMOD?
I strongly believe in ICIMOD’s vision which motivates me to work here. I enjoy all of the opportunities to work in line with my expertise and interest and I like the ease provided for interdisciplinary work through the internal matrix system which organizes all of our work across the institution. This provides me opportunities to expand my work horizons and learning. Working in a friendly environment with talented and motivated colleague is very encouraging and I enjoy the location and weather in the foothills of the Himalaya.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my work towards generating a clean and healthy environment for all. To pursue this passion, I spend time learning about atmospheric models, data analysis techniques and climate and air pollution data analysis. Besides this, I also like to explore the cultural heterogeneity of the world, trying to understand the evolution of cultures and their linkages with other cultures. I also to like to read books, play sports and watch movies in my spare time.
I am about to finish my PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. During my PhD studies, I have worked on air pollution problems in India specifically ambient PM2.5 over India in present and future climate scenarios. Earlier I completed a Bachelors of Engineering degree in biotechnology from AVIT, Chennai, India and then a Master’s in Technology in environmental science and engineering from BIT Mesra, India.