Dr Christopher White

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

Dr White is the Head of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health, which undertakes fundamental and applied research that provides novel solutions to some of the most pressing global environmental challenges, including net zero and the circular economy, water and waste, environmental health, and climate resilience.

He leads the Engineering for Extremes research group that focuses on understanding extreme weather events and hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods and droughts, their impact on the built and natural environments in a changing climate, and the development and application of climate services for improved decision-making and climate resilience.

His research interests are cross-disciplinary, including the emerging fields of multi-hazard compound and cascading events, impact-based forecasting, and the prediction and application of predictions on extended-range weather and climatic timescales. He is part of the Management Committee of the European COST Action CA17109 on compound events, and is co-leading a new applications sub-project of the World Meteorological Organization’s WWRP/WCRP S2S Prediction Project.

Internationally, Dr White is the Secretary of the International Commission on Coupled Land-Atmosphere Systems (ICCLAS), one of the ten commissions of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

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


Measuring Recovery from Extreme Weather Events
Orr Paula, Morse-Jones Sian, Jones Rebecca, White Christopher, Mannix Nicholas
How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather
White Christopher J
How summer 2021 has changed our understanding of extreme weather
White Christopher J
Tidal storm surge residuals and extreme still-water return periods at Greenock and Renfrew, River Clyde
White Chris, MacDonald Euan, Mannix Nicholas
BARRA v1.0 : kilometre-scale downscaling of an Australian regional atmospheric reanalysis over four midlatitude domains
Su Chun-Hsu, Eizenberg Nathan, Jakob Dörte, Fox-Hughes Paul, Steinle Peter, White Christopher J, Franklin Charmaine
Geoscientific Model Development Vol 14, pp. 4357-4378 (2021)
Ambulance dispatches and heatwaves in Tasmania, Australia : a case-crossover analysis
Campbell Sharon L, Remenyi Tomas, Williamson Grant J, Rollins Dean, White Christopher J, Johnston Fay H
Environmental Research Vol 202 (2021)

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Modules taught:

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CL216)
  • Water Engineering 1 (CL315)
  • Water Engineering 2 (CL420)

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 'subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S)' (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.  

Professional activities

Developing a Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecasting System for Hydropower Reservoirs in Scotland

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Brett, Louise
White, Chris (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Brett, Louise (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
EMERGE: Multi-hazards and emergent risks in Northern Europe’s remote and vulnerable regions
White, Chris (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | MacDonald, Anna
White, Chris (Principal Investigator) Allen, Deonie (Co-investigator) Phoenix, Vernon (Co-investigator) MacDonald, Anna (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Johnson, Karl
Patelli, Edoardo (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Walls, Lesley (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Johnson, Karl (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Tidal Storm Surge and Extreme Still-water Return Levels at Greenock and Renfrew, River Clyde - Phases 1 & 2
White, Chris (Principal Investigator)
This study provides up-to-date estimations of extreme still-water return level boundary conditions for return periods from 1:2 to 1:1000 years at two tidal gauges along the lower River Clyde: Greenock and Renfrew.

This report serves as an update to analysis previously undertaken in Blackman (2002), incorporating additional data and an investigation into the use of new statistical analysis methods that were not available at the time of the previous study.
20-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020
Prosperity Partnership Call 2 Strategic Students-Weir Group and University of Strathclyde | Drais, Sara
Phoenix, Vernon (Principal Investigator) Dempster, William (Co-investigator) McConnell, Gail (Co-investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) White, Chris (Co-investigator) Drais, Sara (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2024

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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