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Shailaja Wasti

Country of origin: Nepal Currently in: United States, Houston General field of specialization: Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
Academic Background


2020 Master Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
2017 Master Physics
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences

My current research focuses on the investigation of Ozone and VOCs response to drought. Drought is an extreme environmental event and its role in increasing HCHO/ozone for Asian regions had been speculated. In my recent work, we used remote sensing derived HCHO measurements from the OMI satellite and model-simulated isoprene to establish that increasing drought was associated with increasing HCHO/isoprene causing increased ozone, a greenhouse gas when present in the troposphere.

Publications resulting from Research: 

1. Wasti, S., & Wang, Y. (2022). Spatial and temporal analysis of HCHO response to drought in South Korea. Science of The Total Environment, 852, 158451.

2. WASTI, S., MA, W., & MA, Y. (2020). Estimation of land surface evapotranspiration using the METRIC model in Nepal. Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters, 13(6), 509-517.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Ph.D. student at the University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Sep 2017
Belt and Road Master Fellowship
Masters Scholarship covering the entirety of tuition and living expenses for Masters studies at Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Apr 2016
Thesis grant
Government of Nepal, Ministry of Science and Technology, BKMPOSDB (https://www.planeta- granted a fellowship for my master's thesis.

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