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Keywords: Hydrology, water resources, hazards, hydroclimatology

I'm a hydrologist who is interested in quantifying all aspects of water cycle, always with an eye for the implications for infrastructure. For example, I'm interested in floods, droughts, seasonal availability of water, changes in the long term average amount of water available. 

These hydrological responses are controlled by many interacting factors, including climate, topography, soils, land cover and geology. Different factors are more important in different situations. Untangling these so we understand how the hydrological cycle works is a grand challenge for hydrology.

Currently, my main research methods are large-sample analyses of hydrological data, covering countries, regions and continents. I supplement the data analysis with simple models which help quantify the relative importance of different controlling factors.
A few of my specific research themes:

  1. How to improve estimation of flood magnitude for ungauged catchments, by learning from the wealth of high resolution data for many flood events
  2. How does a shift in precipitation from snow towards rain influence the hydrological cycle
  3. How to understand the huge diversity of hydrological responses around the world by using scientific classification and similarity variables

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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