Hari Prasad Dasari, PhD

Research Scientist

Research Scientist


Research Interests

​Dr. Dasari is currently working with mesoscale weather forecast models and Regional Climate Models to understand the atmospheric/climate variability over Arabian Peninsula. An advanced assimilative Weather Research Forecasting (WRF) model is used to generate a high-resolution Red Sea regional reanalysis for the period 1980-2018 is currently being used in many projects, including the assessment of atmospheric and wave trends in the Red Sea, studying the weather extreme events in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for air-quality dispersion modeling studies, developing maps for potential wind and solar energy harvesting in the region, force Red Sea ocean models, studying extreme waves along King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) coast, analyzing weather variability in the NEOM and Alwajeh regions, etc.

Selected Publications

  • ​Surface air temperature variability over the Arabian Peninsula and its links to circulation patterns
    A. Raju, D. Hari Prasad, J. S. Chowdary, Ramesh Kumar, Y, O. Knio, and I. Hoteit
    International Journal of Climatology, doi:10.1002/joc.5821, 2018
  • Role of Indian summer Monsoon variability on Arabian Peninsula summer climate
    A. Raju, D. Hari Prasad, P. Anant, J. S. Chowdary, L. Sabique, O. Knio, and I. Hoteit
    Climate Dynamics, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4333-, 2018
  • ENSO influence on the Red Sea convergence zone and associated rainfall
    D. Hari Prasad, L. Sabique, V. Yesubabu, VB Rao, Vassilis P. Papadopoulos, and I. Hoteit
    International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.5208, 2017
  • Analysis of a severe weather event over Mecca, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia using observations and high-resolution modeling
    D. Hari Prasad, A. Raju, O. Knio, and I. Hotiet
    Meteorological Applications, doi: 10.1002/met.1662, 2017
  • Climatic features of the Red Sea from a regional assimilative model
    V. Yesubabu, D. Hari Prasad, S. Langodan, C.V. Srinivas, and I. Hoteit
    International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.4865, 2016

Professional Profile

  • ​2015-current: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2014: Auxiliary professor/Investigator, University of Evora, Portugal 
  • 2008-2009: Post Doctoral Research Associate, Jackson State University, USA
  • 2007-2008: Post Doctoral Research Associate, University of Lodz, Poland

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​American Meteorological Society
  • European Meteorological Society
  • Indian Meteorological Society
  • Portugal Meteorological Society


  • ​EMMA-WEST 2013 Staff mobility recipient
  • Young Scientist Award, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India 
  • Senior Research Fellow, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Govt. of India

Research Interests Keywords

Atmospheric modeling Atmospheric dynamics Air pollution dispersion Renewable energy