My PhD research is about the monsoon in Bangladesh. More specifically, I look at how the people in Bangladesh perceive the monsoon onset, and how science defines it. Should science adapt to the people’s perceptions or vice versa?
It turns out that heavy early season rainfall in northeast Bangladesh
causes the discrepancies we see between perception and science. I look at the mechanisms that cause this rainfall using model and reanalysis data. We have also developed a statistical technique to compare scientific monsoon definitions to the perceptions of the people. We use this technique to indicate which definition may be best suited to decision making applications.
I also work with science communication and started ClimateSnack.com in 2012. ClimateSnack is an international community where young and early career climate scientists work together to improve their writing and communication skills.