Hayley Fowler is Professor of Climate Change Impacts in the Water Resource Systems Engineering Group in the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences.
Hayley Fowler is a hydroclimatologist with >10 years of experience in analysing the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological systems and has published more than 50 ISI-cited articles since 2000. She held a NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2006-10) examining the links between atmospheric circulation patterns, extreme rainfall and flooding and was recently awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2011). She specialises in the analysis of the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological and water resource systems, examining recent trends in extremes and future projections and their impacts on flood and drought risks. She has been instrumental in the analysis of climate model outputs and development of new downscaling techniques to bridge the gap between modellers and users of climate information (e.g. UKCP09 Weather Generator). She led the HYDRO sub-project of the AquaTerra FP6 Integrated Project from 2004-09 with a budget of €1M. She leads other funded research on extremes e.g. CONVEX (NERC CWC, 2011-14, PI) is developing high-resolution regional climate models to understand convective rainfall processes; SWERVE (EPSRC, 2008-11, PI) examined change to extreme weather events in SE London. She collaborates widely, particularly with NCAR, US, where she has held a number of visiting scientist positions.
Hayley did a BA in Geography at Cambridge University (1996) before moving to Newcastle University for an MSc in Water Resource Systems Engineering (1997) and PhD in climate change impacts on water resources (2000), staying at Newcastle for her post-doctoral training.
She led the group's contribution to the British Science Festival which was held in Newcastle in Sep 2013. She sits on School Executive Committee and sat one of the REF impact case-study panels. She acts as a Career Pathways Review Adviser for Research Staff in SAgE.
She is on the International Advisory Board of WIRES Water.
Associate Editor of Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Climate Studies (2013-).
Associate Editor of PLOS ONE (2014-)
Elected Member of British Hydrological Society main committee, 2004-2007
Honorary Secretary of the British Hydrological Society, 2006-2008
Member of British Hydrological Society (1997-)
Member of American Geophysical Union (2005-)
Member of European Geosciences Union (2014-)
NERC Peer Review College (2010–), Core panel member of NERC Panel C (2013-)
Hayley has experience of working with industry through consultancy contracts over the past 10 years covering climate change impact assessments, flood and drought risks, water resource modelling etc for: Royal Haskoning, WRc, Northumbrian Water Ltd, Willis Re., Environment Agency, CH2MHill.
She has also been involved in the development of the UKCP09 Weather Generator for DEFRA.
Hayley has been involved in many outreach activities including media interviews (print, radio and TV), public lectures, school's events, 6th form debates, cafe scientifique talks and has been consulted on the development of TV programmes on extreme weather and climate change. She gave the Joseph Lister Award lecture at last year's British Science Festival in Newcastle on Wed 11th Sep - What is happening to our weather? See this at: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/events/sciencefest/video/hayley-fowler.php
Hayley has more than 10 years experience analysing the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological systems and has published more than 55 ISI-cited articles since 2000.
She specialises in the analysis of the impacts of climate change and variability on hydrological and water resources systems, in particular examining recent trends in extremes and future projections and their impacts on flood and drought risks. She has also been instrumental in the analysis of climate model outputs and the development of new downscaling techniques, in particular the use of probabilistic methods and weather or rainfall generators, to bridge the gap between climate modellers and users of climate information.
Her current funded research includes four main themes:
i) improving projections of extreme rainfall change by developing high-resolution regional climate models to understand convective processes;
ii) examining climatic changes in the Karakoram Himalaya and their impacts on hydrology and water resources;
iii) producing new downscaling methods to enable improved climate information services for Europe; and
iv) developing web-based tools to allow downscaling methods to be used for climate change impact assessments outside academia.
Fowler H.J. 2014. Challenges for RCM evaluation and application when moving to high resolutions. Invited Keynote at: 21st Century Challenges in Regional Climate Modelling, Lund, Sweden, 16-19 June 2014.
Fowler H.J., 2013. What is happening to our weather? The Joseph Lister Award Lecture 2013, British Science Festival, 11th September 2013, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Fowler, H.J. Quantifying robust changes to extreme rainfall under global warming. Invited seminar at RMS-BHS meeting “Impacts of changes in the hydrological cycle”. Reading University, 19th June 2013.
Fowler, H.J. Quantifying robust changes to extreme rainfall under global warming. Invited seminar at GFZ, Potsdam, Germany, 21st May 2013.
NERC Postdoctoral fellowship, 2006-10
Philip Leverhulme Prize 2011
ERC Consolidators Award, 2014-2019
2004-2009: Andrew Smith: A national scale rainfall analysis and event-based model of extremes for the UK
2007-2011: Jamie Ledingham: The estimation of flood frequency curves by mapping from rainfall frequency curves
2008-2012: Mari Jones: Characterising and modelling time-varying rainfall extremes and their climatic drivers.
2008-2013: Nathan Forsythe: Investigating the impact of climate change on hydro-climatological variability and water resources in the Upper Indus Basin.
2007-2014: Vesna Tripkovic: Quantifying and upscaling surface and subsurface runoff and nutrient flows under climate variability.
2009-2014: Selma De Brito Guerreiro: Water Resources and Drought in International Iberian River Basins Under Future Climates
2012-2013: (MPhil) Sam Cawthorne-Kitching: Understanding weather patterns, climate variation and change across Northumberland National Park
2007: Alex Leathard: A Water Grid for the UK
2011: Elizabeth Lewis: Developing UK wide hydrological models for climate change impacts and analysis of floods and droughts
2011: Blanca Garcia Navarrete: Broad scale urban flood risk analysis for climate impacts and adaptation
2014: Fikiri Mhenga: Using remotely sensed products for improved hydrological models in high mountain hydrological regimes
2014: Motasem Darwish: Classification of UK extreme rainfall regions using hourly precipitation events and trends
2014: Doug Richardson: Probabilistic drought forecasting using statistical models
2015: David Pritchard: Developing new hydrological modelling approaches to evaluate climate change impacts on infrastructure systems in high mountain catchments
Reviewer for: NSF, CFCAS, NERC, EPSRC, Irish EPA, IPCC AR4 (WGI and WGII), Swiss National Science Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, LWEC.
Reviewer for >30 journals.
IMAGe Theme of the Year 2012, NCAR - Uncertainty in Climate Change Research: An Integrated Approach (budget $125K); 31 participants in summer school/workshop.
ASP Summer Colloquium 2014, NCAR, Boulder, US: Uncertainty in Climate Research: An Integrated Approach; 38 participants in summer school/workshop.
CEG8505: Climate Change: Earth Systems, Future Scenarios and Threats
CEG2001: Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2
CEG8514: Climate Change: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation