Yagmur Derin, Ph.D.
Precipitation, Hydrological Hazards, & Data Science

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oklahoma. My research interests lie at the intersection of hydrometeorology, climate change, remote sensing, modeling, and data analytics. I aim to provide answers and help to enhance local communities’ preparedness to natural disasters over mountainous regions. I have been working on accurate quantification of orographic precipitation based on data-driven analysis of the combination of remote sensing and numerical weather modeling with the help of machine learning. In the last three years as a Postdoctoral Fellow, I have been co-PI on 5 different proposals funded by NASA, NSF, and NOAA.

I received my Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Connecticut in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
I received my M.Sc. in 2014 from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Department of Geological Engineering.
I received my B. Sc. in 2011 from the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Department of Geological Engineering.

Honors and Awards
• First Prize for Outstanding Presentation, Early Career Scientist Award, International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) (2022)
• The Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships (OVPRP) Match Program in Support of Postdoctoral Researchers Award, University of Oklahoma (2022)
• Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut (2016)
Hydrological Sciences Outstanding Student Poster Award (OSP), European Geosciences Union (EGU) (2013)

Training/ Workshops/Field Work
2022/08 Co-chair, Workshop on Student-led Weather Radar Experiment in Florida University of Oklahoma and University of Florida
2021/04 Co-chair, Workshop on Enhancing Communities Preparedness and Resilience to Post-Wildfire Hydrology University of Oklahoma
2013/05 BOOST H20: Hydrogeology Workshop University of Georgia
Advisors: Prof Adam Milewski and Prof Alan Fryar
Principles and Applications of GIS, Remote Sensing and Hydrological Modeling
2013/06 BOOST H2O: Field training activities in hydrologic science, Iznik Lake, Turkey
Advisors: Prof Adam Milewski and Prof Alan Fryar

2022 04-06 Mentor, Precipitation Measurement Mission (PMM), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mentorship Program, Mentored a PhD student.
2021-2022 Volunteer coach of Science Olympiad Remote Sensing Team at Casady Highschool, Oklahoma City, OK.
2022/01 Test Administrator, Science Olympiad, Pembroke Hill Division C Invitational Tournament, Remote Sensing Test Administrator, Kansas City, January 08, 2022.

2022 – present Co-chair, International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) Orographic Precipitation Focus Group
2020 – 2021 Deputy Chair, American Geophysical Union (AGU), Precipitation Technical Committee of Award sub-committee

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