Jose carries out climate research at the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Molina has a broad professional and research experience as hydroclimatologist and data scientist in domestic and international settings and has a solid background in statistical/stochastic analysis, machine learning and programming languages. His applied research work has focused primarily in the geophysical sciences developing innovative algorithms used in climate change projection, hydraulic modeling, hydroclimatic prediction, hydrologic simulation, water systems design and environmental studies. Under the guidance of Dr. Ben Zaitchik at JHU, in collaboration with scientists from other institutions, Jose has been leading the development of statistically based climate models and software tools intended as a decision support system for both public health and water and food security studies in Latin America and the Middle East and North Africa region. In addition to his work in hydrology and climate issues, Jose also supports fog projects that provide clean and safe drinking water to vulnerable communities in developing countries. His research interests include, but not limited to, environmental time series analysis and forecasting, data mining techniques, physical and stochastic hydrology, climate downscaling, ocean-atmosphere oscillations as drivers of hydroclimate variability, agricultural meteorology, land-atmosphere interactions, global climate models, regional water balance, remote sensing, irrigation and drainage, water engineering for international development, water-climate-health nexus and climate change impacts assessment.
M.A. (2015), Earth & Planetary Sciences (Climate Sciences). Research: Climate Modeling & Climate Change Projections based on Statistical Downscaling – Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
M.Sc. (2010), Civil and Environmental Engineering (Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering). Thesis: Stepwise Nonparametric Disaggregation for Daily Streamflow Generation Conditional on Hydrologic and Large-scale Climatic Signals – Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
M.Sc. (2001), Civil Engineering (Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering). Thesis: Probabilistic Water Balance Modeling for Irrigation Systems in Chile [Modelación y Estudio de los Recursos Hídricos Superficiales en un Sistema de Riego de la Zona Central de Chile] – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
B.Sc. (1995), Agricultural Engineering (Irrigation and Water Resources). Thesis: Design of a Field Laboratory of High-Frequency Localized Irrigation [Diseño Técnico de un Laboratorio de Campo de Riego Localizado de Alta Frecuencia] – Universidad Nacional de Colombia – Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia.
201 . Introduction to Using the VIC Hydrologic Model with NASA Earth Observations, ARSET-NASA’s Earth Sciences Division (USA)
2016. Software Carpentry Workshop: Programming in Python, Johns Hopkins University (USA)
2014. Capstone Course on Water & Food Security under Climate Change (Blue Nile Basin), Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia) – Johns Hopkins University (USA) – Debre Markos Univ. (Ethiopia)
2007. Course on Introduction to Spatial Statistics using R, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (USA)
2004. International Seminar on Modeling and Analysis of Extreme Minimum Flows, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Medellín (Colombia)
2003. International Course on Water Distribution Systems, Haestad Methods, Bogotá (Colombia)
2002. Geographical Information Systems using ArcGis, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Palmira (Colombia)
1995. International Course on Microirrigation Systems, Universidad del Valle, Cali (Colombia) – University of Florida (USA)
2013-2015. National Science Foundation (NSF) IGERT Fellowship – Johns Hopkins University
2007-2008. Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) Fellowship
2006-2007. Borland Hydrology Fellowship – Colorado State University
2006-2008. NSF-Fast Track Fellowship Colorado State University
2003. Outstanding Faculty Performance Award – Universidad Nacional de Colombia
2001. Maximum Distinction in the M.Sc. Thesis – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
1998-2000. Joint Japan – World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP)
1991-1993. Honor Tuition Awards – Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
MEMBERSHIP IN SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES
International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection and Dew:
7th Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, July, 2016. University of Wroclaw (website).
6th Conference, Yokohama, Japan, May, 2013. Kanagawa University & University of Tokyo (website).
5th Conference, Münster, Germany, July 2010. University of Münster (website).
4th Conference, La Serena – Chile, July 2007. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile – Atacama Desert Center.
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