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Dr Christopher White

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr White is the Director of Postgraduate Research and part of the Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health (WESP) research centre in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr White joined the Department as a Senior Lecturer in 2017 having previously been at the University of Tasmania and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre in Australia for over 8 years. 

His research focuses on natural hazards (including floods, droughts and heatwaves), surface water hydrology and resources, risk management and climate change resilience. He specialises in understanding natural hazards and risk from both physical causative and impacts perspectives, centred on the understanding, modelling and prediction of extreme weather events on both the extended-range (e.g. weeks to months) and climate timescales (e.g. up to the end of the century) using regional high-resolution and global climate projections.

Internationally, Dr White is the Australian National Correspondent for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), one of the eight associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), and is a Vice President of the International Commission on Coupled Land-Atmosphere Systems (ICCLAS), one of the ten commissions of the IAHS

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in research or knowledge exchange collaborations or doing a PhD under my supervision.

Publications

The relationship between irrigation-induced electrical loads and antecedent weather conditions in Tasmania, Australia
Latham Tom, White Christopher J., Remenyi Tomas A.
Irrigation Science, pp. 1-12, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00271-018-0573-0
Can your community cope with rising tides?
Ramm Timothy D, White Christopher J, Watson Christopher S, Graham Sonia
Australian Journal of Emergency Management Vol 33, pp. 5-6, (2018)
Describing adaptation tipping points in coastal flood risk management
Ramm Timothy David, Watson Christopher Stephen, White Christopher John
Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2018.01.002
Advancing values-based approaches to climate change adaptation : a case study from Australia
Ramm Timothy David, Graham Sonia, White Christopher John, Watson Christopher Stephen
Environmental Science and Policy Vol 76, pp. 113-123, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2017.06.014
Simulating sub-daily intensity-frequency-duration curves in Australia using a dynamical high-resolution regional climate model
Mantegna Gabriel A., White Christopher J., Remenyi Tomas A., Corney Stuart P., Fox-Hughes Paul
Journal of Hydrology Vol 554, pp. 277-291, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.09.025
Natural hazards in Australia : heatwaves
Perkins-Kirkpatrick S. E., White C. J., Alexander L. V., Argüeso D., Boschat G., Cowan T., Evans J. P., Ekström M., Oliver E. C. J., Phatak A., Purich A.
Climatic Change Vol 139, pp. 101-114, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-016-1650-0

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Teaching

Modules taught:

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CL216)
  • Water Engineering 1 (CL315)

Research interests

My research focuses on natural hazards (including floods, droughts and heatwaves), surface water hydrology and resources, risk management and climate change resilience. I specialise in understanding natural hazards and risk from both physical causative and impacts perspectives, centred on the understanding, modelling and prediction of extreme weather events (in particular, hydrological prediction) on both the extended-range (e.g. weeks to months) and climate timescales (e.g. up to the end of the century) using regional high-resolution and global climate projections.

Much of my research involves working with end-users to make climate, weather and natural hazards science and information more usable though the exploration of improved applications, communication and promotion of appropriate risk information in support of resource management, emergency management and disaster risk reduction activities.

I am always keen to talk to potential students, collaborators and industry partners about future projects and opportunities.  

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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