PhD title: Global fluvial flooding risks under climate change using a global regionalised hydrological model
Every year, floods cause significant social, economic and environmental damage and there is an increasing need for risk assessments of extreme hydro-meteorological hazards as well as sustainable water resources management. To date, only a handful of global hydrological models to simulate long-term water balance, forecast streamflow and assess impacts of environmental changes on flood risks have been developed. Often, these models suffer from a lack of regionalised model parameters and their streamflow simulations can thus be unreliable.
The aim of my project is to develop a regionalised global hydrological model to assess impacts of climate change on flood risks. The focus is on the development of a regionalised model parameterisation method to improve model performance in some parts of the world. I will then use the improved model to model global flood hazards under climate change using the most recent climate reanalysis and global climate model outputs.
This PhD project is jointly funded by the Faculty of Science of UEA and The Amar-Franses and Foster-Jenkins Trust.
Warren, R., Price, J., Graham, E., Forstenhaeusler, N. and Vanderwal, J. (2018) The projected effect on insects, vertebrates, and plants of limiting global warming to 1.5°C rather than 2°C. Science, 360 (6390). pp. 791-795.
Warren, R., Alfieri, L., Burke, S., Feyen, L., Forstenhaeusler, N., Koutroulis, A., Nikoloulopoulos, A., Papadimitriou, L., Price, J., South, A., Tsanis, A. & Wallace, C. (2017). Report on different degrees of adaptation measures applied in the impact models (No. Deliverable 4.4, High End Climate Impacts and Extremes (HELIX), Project 603864). European Commission 7th Framework Programme.
Awards and Prizes
Hubert H. Lamb Memorial Prize for the best dissertation on Climate Change in 2016