Herath, Srikantha

Senior Academic Programme Officer

  • Srikantha Herath
    UNU Center, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
    +81 (0)3-5467-1290
    Sri Lanka

    Research Interests

    • Disaster risk reduction
    • Environmental modeling
    • Hydrology and water resources


    • Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo
    • Master of Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology
    • Bachelor of Science and Engineering, University of Peradeniya


    • Member, International Steering Committee for Global Mapping Project, Institute of Geophysical Survey, Japan
    • Advisor, International Program on Landslides
    • Member, International Flood Initiative, Management Committee
    • Co Chair, Capacity Development, Global Earth Observation System of Systems, Asian Water Cycle Initiative (with Japan Aerospace Agency)
    • Member, Steering Group on Water and Climate, Asia Pacific Water Forum and Asian Development Bank
    • Editor for Landslides Journal (Springer), Mountain Science Journal (Elsevier) and Sustainability Science (Springer)

    Biographical Statement

    Dr. Herath is Senior Academic Programme Officer at the UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP). He engages in research and education in water security, climate change and natural disaster risk reduction. His postgraduate teaching and research currently focuses on global change impacts on environmental processes, especially related to hydrological and atmospheric process with applications in urban hydrology, flood forecasting, damage estimation, sediment transport and water cycle change assessment using physically based distributed hydrological modeling aided by Remote Sensing and GIS.

    He has developed specialized training modules on applying rainfall downscaling and flood risk assessment that are being used for training professionals and academics, especially in the developing countries. His current professional contributions include, Member of International Steering Committee for Global Mapping Project, Advisor, International Program on Landslides, International Consortium on Landslides, Member of International Flood Initiative Advisory Committee, Member of Capacity Development Expert Panel, Asia Pacific Network and Member of the Steering Committee on Water and Climate, Asian Development Bank and Asia Pacific Water Forum.

    He also serves as Editor for Landslide Journal (Springer), Mountain Science Journal (CAS), Sustainable Science Journal (Springer) and Environment and Hydrology Journal. He has published over 150 scientific papers, authored numerous book chapters and edited publications on climate change, water and disaster risk reduction. Recent publications include, contributions to book chapters “Challenges for delta areas in coping with urban floods (2008, in Urban Water Francis and Taylor), Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings, and Urban Flood Risk Assessment (2010, in Urban Flood management, Francis and Taylor) and editing the series on Climate Change Adaptation (vol. 1-4, University Network on Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research, 2009-2010).

    His previous positions include Associate Professor and Guest Foreign Professor at University of Tokyo (1991-2002), senior research engineer in industry, Tokyo (1988-1991), Research Associate in Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, (1983-1984) and civil and irrigation engineer in Sri Lanka (1980-1981). Dr. Herath holds Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

  • Peer-reviewed Books

    • Herath S: (2010) Contribution to Chapter 4. Climate Change: Key Uncertainties and Robust Findings In: C. Zevenbergen, A. Cashman, N. Evelpidou, E. Pasche, S. Garvin and R. Ashley, Urban Flood Management, CRC Press/Balkema – Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2010. ISBN: 9780415559447.
    • Herath S(2010) Contribution to Chapter 6. Urban Flood Risk Assessment In: C. Zevenbergen, A. Cashman, N. Evelpidou, E. Pasche, S. Garvin and R. Ashley, Urban Flood Management, CRC Press/Balkema – Taylor & Francis Group, London, 2010. ISBN: 9780415559447.
    • Herath, S., D. Dutta, U. Weesakul and A. D. Gupta (Ed.)(2005) Role of water sciences in transboundary river basin management, RNUS, School of Civil Engineering, AIT, ISBN 974-8202-94-1

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Herath S and Wang Y, 2009. Incorporating Wind Damage in Potential Flood Loss Estimation. Global Environmental Research, 2010(13), 95-103
    • Wang Y, Herath S. (2009) Landslide risk analysis and reduction for sustainable disaster management: Components and requests. Earth Science Frontiers. 2009 (16) 47-48.
    • Dillip Kumar Swain, Srikantha Herath, Burla Chandra Bhaskar, Prameela Krishnan, Kurkuri Srinivasa Rao, Sangram Keshari Nayak, and Rabindra Nath Dash (2007)
    • Developing ORYZA 1N for Medium- and Long-Duration Rice: Variety Selection under Nonwaterstress Conditions, Agron. J. 99:428–440
    • P. B. Hunukumbura, S.B. Weerakoon and Srikantha Herath (2007) Development of a cell-based model to derive direct runoff hydrographs for ungauged mountainous basins, Journal of Mountain Science. (accepted to be published in 2007)
    • Pathirana A., S. Herath, T. Yamada and D. Swain (2007), Impacts of absorbing aerosols on South Asian rainfall – A modeling study, Climatic Change, vol 85, No. 1-2, Springer, 103-11
    • Dutta, D., Herath S., Musiake K., (2006) “An Application of a Flood Risk Analysis System for Impact Analysis of a Flood Control Plan in a River Basin”, J. Hydrological Processes, 20(6), pp. 1365–1384
    • Habib-ur-Rehman M., Srikantha Herath, Katumi Musiake (2006), “Sensitivity Analysis of a Regional Scale Soil Erosion and Sediment Transport Model to its Calibrating Parameters”, International Journal of Geoinformatics, vol. 14, No.1
    • Herath, S. and D. Dutta (2005) Floods and Urbanization, Know Risk, United Nations, Tudor Rose, ISBN 92-1-132024-0, pp. 294-296
    • Dutta, D., F. Khatun and S. Herath (2005). Analysis of Flood Vulnerability of Urban Building and Population in Hanoi, Vietnam, Seisan-Kenkyu, Journal of Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo, Vol. 57, No. 4, pp. 150-154.
    • Hans van Ginkel, S. Herath and J. Bogardi (2005) Facing the onslaught on human security, Know Risk, United Nations, Tudor Rose, ISBN 92-1-132024-0, pp. 87-89
    • Herath, S. (2005) Transboundary Cooperation for scientific understanding of Mekong Basin Water Cycle, in “Role of water sciences in transboundary river basin management”, RNUS, School of Civil Engineering, ed. Herath et. al, AIT, ISBN 974-8202-94-1, pp 231-238