Carlos Velasco-Forero

Research Scientist

Current work and responsibilities

Carlos carries out research on estimation and forecast of rainfall in real-time. His research has particular focus on statistical structure of rainfall and rainfall forecast errors, and developing operational systems to downscale and generate large ensembles of rainfall forecasts.

Carlos is an operational flood forecaster and is also contributing to research the efficient use of rainfall estimations and forecasts to support flood forecasting operations. Carlos was born in Colombia, one of the rainiest countries on earth.

Career background

Education
  • 1999: National University of Colombia, Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering
  • 2002: National University of Colombia, Master in Water Resoruces Management
  • 2009: Technical University of Catalonia, Ph. D. in Civil Engineering (Hydrology)
Professional positions
  • 2000–2002: Mathematics Professor. Engineering Faculty (Konrad Lorenz University, Bogotá, Colombia).
  • 2002–2009: Reseacher, Centre of Applied Research on Hydrometeorology (CRAHI-UPC) (www.crahi.upc.edu),Technical University of Catalonia (Barcelona).
  • 2009–2012: Hydrologist. Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, Tasmania Regional Office, Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart, Australia.
  • 2012–2016: Regional Hydrology Manager. Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, Tasmania Regional Office, Bureau of Meteorology, Hobart, Australia.
  • 2016–present: Research Scientist, Bureau of Meteorology, Melbourne, Australia.

Selected publications

  • Carlos A Velasco-Forero, Daniel Sempere-Torres, Eduardo F Cassiraga, and J Jaime Gómez-Hernández: A non-parametric automatic blending methodology to estimate rainfall fields from rain gauge and radar data. Advances in Water Resources 32 (7), 986-1002: DOI 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.10.004
  • Kai Schrötera, Xavier Llort, Carlos Velasco-Forero, Manfred Ostrowski and Daniel Sempere-Torres: Implications of radar rainfall estimates uncertainty on distributed hydrological model predictions. Atmospheric Research Volume 100, Issues 2–3, May 2011, Pages 237–245 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.08.014
  • Carlos Velasco-Forero and Catherine Jolly: Operational flood forecasting in Tasmania: A series of case studies. In: 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia, 2015: 783-790. ISBN: 9781922107497
  • Catherine Jolly and Carlos Velasco-Forero: Changes to the Intensity-Frequency-Duration (IFD) design rainfalls across Tasmania. In: 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium: The art and science of water. Barton, ACT: Engineers Australia, 2015: 1107-1114. ISBN: 9781922107497
Carlos-Velasco-photo

Carlos Velasco Forero

Expertise
  • Quantitative Precipitation estimation and forecast
  • Rainfall ensembles
  • Operational Flood Forecasting
  • Hydrology
Publications
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