Professor Paul D Bates

CBE, B.Sc.(Soton), Ph.D.(Bristol)

  • BS8 1SS

1992 …2020

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Personal profile

Research interests

Paul is a hydrologist by background, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He has widespread research interests in risk, resilience, uncertainty, governance and decision-making in relation to natural hazards and global water issues. He is a double recipient of the Lloyd's of London Science of Risk prize and in 2015 he was awarded a 50th Anivversary Prize for Economic Impact by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council.  He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and these were cited over 1700 times in 2018 according to the ISI Web of Knowledge. He currently has an ISI H-index of 61. For a full publication list see here.

Paul's main science contribution has been to improve the prediction of flood inundation through the development of new computer models, the use of data from new airborne, satellite and ground sensors and through the better characterization of risk and uncertainty.  For videos of Paul talking about his research see here and here.

He has held Visiting Scientist positions at Princeton University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Laboratoire National d'Hydraulique, Paris, the EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

He also undertakes significant International collaboration, including work with the French National Space Agency (CNES), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Brazil, as well as numerous universities in the US and Europe.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research
  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Projects

Research Output

A simple inertial formulation of the shallow water equations for efficient two dimensional flood inundation modelling

Bates, PD., Horritt, MS. & Fewtrell, TJ., 2010, In : Journal of Hydrology. 387, 1-2, p. 33 - 45

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

403 Citations (Scopus)

A subgrid channel model for simulating river hydraulics and floodplain inundation over large and data sparse areas

Neal, J., Schumann, G. & Bates, P., 7 Nov 2012, In : Water Resources Research. 48, 11, 16 p., W11506.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

183 Citations (Scopus)

Amazon flood wave hydraulics

Trigg, MA., Wilson, MD., Bates, PD., Horritt, MS., Alsdorf, DE., Forsberg, BR. & Vega, MC., 2009, In : Journal of Hydrology. 374, p. 92 - 105

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • 93 Citations (Scopus)

    Datasets

    ICESat derived inland water surface spot heights (IWSH)

    Yamazaki, D. (Creator), O'Loughlin, F. (Creator), Bates, P. (Creator), Neal, J. (Creator) & Bates, P. D. (Data Manager), University of Bristol, 1 Oct 2015

    Dataset

    Bare-Earth SRTM

    Paiva, R. (Creator), O'Loughlin, F. (Creator), Durand, M. (Contributor), Alsdorf, D. (Contributor), Bates, P. D. (Contributor) & Bates, P. D. (Data Manager), University of Bristol, 19 Mar 2015

    Dataset

    Prizes

    LLoyd's of London Science of Risk Prize for Climate Change

    Bates, Paul D (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Lloyd's of London Science of Risk Prize for Natural Hazards

    Bates, Paul D (Recipient), 29 Nov 2012

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • NERC Impact Awards

    Bates, Paul D (Recipient), 27 Jan 2015

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    Mapping global water stress from GRACE satellite data​

    Bramha Dutt Vishwakarma (Speaker), , Paul Bates (Contributor), , Nico Sneeuw (Contributor), & Jonathan Bamber (Contributor)

    20 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Global land ice, hydrology and ocean mass trends: an ERC project to solve the sea level budget, GIA and land ice mass trends

    Jonathan L Bamber (Speaker), , Alba Martin Espanol (Contributor), , Andrew Zammit Mangion (Contributor), , Paul Bates (Contributor), , Rory Bingham (Contributor), & Jonathan Rougier (Contributor)

    19 Sep 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion

    Research seminar

    Paul D Bates (Speaker)

    29 Jan 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    Supervised Work

    Amazon River and floodplain hydrodynamics

    Author: Trigg, M. A., 2010

    Supervisor: Bates, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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    Amazon River and floodplain hydrodynamics

    Author: Trigg, M. A., 2010

    Supervisor: Bates, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Bayesian calibration of flood inundation simulators using an observation of flood extent

    Author: Woodhead, S. P. B., 2007

    Supervisor: Bates, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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