Dr. U. G. D. Maduranga

Lecturer (Probationary)

B.Sc. (Hons) (1st class) (UoR), Ph.D. (CMB), M.I.P.(SL)

Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Open University of Sri Lanka, Matara Regional Centre, , Nupe, Matara.

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I graduated from the University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka with a B.Sc. Special Degree in Physics, with a First Class (Honours). I have successfully completed my Ph.D. in the field of Lightning Physics at the Department of Physics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. My research interests are mainly oriented towards the Lightning Physics, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Disaster management.

Areas of Specialization:

Lightning Physics

Research interests:

GIS, Remote Sensing, Climate Physics, Risk Analysis, Hazard mapping and Disaster management.

  • Member of Institute of Physics (IPSL), Sri Lanka.
  • Member of Sri Lanka Academy of Young Scientist (SLAYS), Sri Lanka

Peer-Reviewed Publications in Recognized Indexed Journals

Edirisinghe, U.G.D. Maduranga, “Distribution of Lightning Accidents in Sri Lanka from 1974 to 2019 Using the DesInventar Database”, ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 2021, 10, pp 117, https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10030117.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Climatology of Lightning Activities over Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka”, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, 2021, 16(6), pp 1027-1038, https://doi.org/10.18280/ijsdp.160604.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Lightning Climatology and Human Vulnerability to Lightning Hazards in a School Community: A Case Study in Sri Lanka using LIS Data from TRMM Satellite”, International Journal of Disaster Management, 2021, 4(3), pp 29-50, https://doi.org/10.24815/ijdm.v4i3.22068.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, L.V. Gamage, “Spatiotemporal Variability of Lightning Flash Distribution over Sri Lanka”, International Letters of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, 2019, 82, pp 1-13, https://doi.org/10.18052/www.scipress.com/ILCPA.82.1.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, L.V. Gamage, “Annual Variation Trend of Lightning Flash Activities over Sri Lanka”, World Scientific News, 2018, 114, 256-264.

Peer-Reviewed Publications at International/National Conferences

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Impact of Land Surface Temperature on Lightning flash density in Colombo District, Sri Lanka” 26th International Conference of International Academy of Physical Sciences (CONIAPS XXVI) Advances in Applied Physics & Earth Sciences, Paper No. 50, December 2020.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Exploration of the Lightning Climatology over the University of Colombo and Surrounded Area,” 12th Annual Research Symposium of the University of Colombo, December 2020, pp 30.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Spatial Variation of Lightning Activities Associated with the Elevation Profile of Sri Lanka”, Annual Research Symposium 2019, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 2019, pp 225.

U.G.D. Maduranga, M. Edirisinghe, “Variation of Recent Lightning Activities over Sri Lanka Based on Satellite Data of Lightning Imaging Sensor instrument on International Space Station”, Proceedings of Annual Research Symposium 2019, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 2019, pp 224.

U.G.D. Maduranga, S.S. Abeywickrama, E.M. Ranatunga, W.G.D. Dharmarathna, “An automated device to measure a fixed volume of a liquid”, Proceedings of 4thRuhuna International Science and Technology Conference, 2017, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka, January 2017, pp 67.

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