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Francina Dominguez

Associate Head, Director of Graduate Studies


As a hydroclimatologist, my work is focused on the interactions between the land and the atmosphere, and more specifically, on changes in hydrology and climate due to human modification of the land surface and greenhouse gas emissions. The two primary lines of research in my group look at land-atmosphere interaction from two perspectives: 1) the effect of climate variability and change, primarily extreme events, on surface hydrology and 2) the effect of changes in surface hydrology on climate. 


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Head, Climate, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Climate, Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies

Recent Publications

Chen, C. C., & Dominguez, F. (2024). The Location of Large-Scale Soil Moisture Anomalies Affects Moisture Transport and Precipitation Over Southeastern South America. Geophysical Research Letters, 51(7), Article e2023GL106777.

Dominguez, F., Rasmussen, R., Liu, C., Ikeda, K., Prein, A., Varble, A., Arias, P. A., Bacmeister, J., Bettolli, M. L., Callaghan, P., Carvalho, L. M. V., Castro, C. L., Chen, F., Chug, D., Chun, K. P. S., Dai, A., Danaila, L., da Rocha, R. P., de Lima Nascimento, E., ... Schneider, T. (2024). Advancing South American Water and Climate Science through Multidecadal Convection-Permitting Modeling. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 105(1), E32-E44.

Chug, D., Dominguez, F., Taylor, C. M., Klein, C., & Nesbitt, S. W. (2023). Dry-to-Wet Soil Gradients Enhance Convection and Rainfall over Subtropical South America. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 24(9), 1563-1581.

Kim, S. U., & Dominguez, F. (2023). Warm Season Extreme Flood Events in the Midwestern US—Sources of Moisture and Physical Mechanisms. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 128(14), Article e2022JD038208.

Leyba, I. M., Solman, S. A., Saraceno, M., Martinez, J. A., & Dominguez, F. (2023). The South Atlantic Ocean as a moisture source region and its relation with precipitation in South America. Climate Dynamics, 61(3-4), 1741-1756.

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