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Research published by Lareef Zubair over the last 15 years has been in the areas of bio-physical environment, societal influences of the environment, and societal responses. The biophysical work includes climate (modeling, diagnostics, predictions), climate impacts, hydrology (diagnostics, modeling), environment. He has conducted research on climate impacts on agriculture, water resources, drought, floods, public health, and river basin management broadly. He has ongoing programs on coastal and fisheries impacts of climate.

He also works on environmental education particularly at higher education institutions. He has undertaken most of his work in Sri Lanka but has ongoing work in Maldives, Comoros and Botswana as well. He has been a reviewer for a dozen journals and been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Energy Engineering where he oversaw publications related to climate and environment.

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Associate Editor: ASCE Journal of Energy Engineering – 2007 to 2012


Environmental Science and Technology
Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science
Geophysical Research Letters
Hydrological Processes
Climatic Research
International Journal of Climatology

Journal of Climate
Journal of Geophysical Research
Journal of Hydrology
Journal of Hydrometeorology
Water Resources Research
Pure and Applied Geophysics


He has a total of 35 peer reviewed publications in other journals such as the Journal of Climate, Journal of Hydro-meteorology, Journal of Applied Climatology and Meteorology, Monthly Weather Review, Advances in Water Resources, International Journal of Climatology, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and Physics of Fluids and in books from publishers such as Springer, World Scientific.

Some examples from the 35 research papers published in the peer-reviewed scientific are listed.

Gadgil, S., M. Rajeevan, L. Zubair and P. Yadav (2011), South Asian Monsoon: Inter annual variability, In Eds, Ding et al., Global Monsoon System, Research and Forecast, World Scientific Publications and World Meteorological Organization.

Zubair, L. (2002), El Nino Influences on rice production in Sri Lanka, International Journal of Climatology, 22 (2):249-260

Zubair, L. (2005), Modernization of Sri Lanka’s traditional irrigation system and sustainability, Science, Technology and Society, 10 (20): 161-195.

Zubair, L. (2009), Engendering Multi-disciplinarity and Quality: Environmental education at the University of Peradeniya, Chapter 2, In Ed. N. Hennanayake et al. Traversing No Mans Land, University of Peradeniya, 2009, ISBN 978-955-30-1526-6.

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