Dr Rory Nathan

Research Interests

  • engineering hydrology (modelling, environmental, risk, yield, land-use change, climate change)

Biography

Rory Nathan has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He has made a substantial contribution to industry best practice in a range of engineering and environmental fields, particularly in the use of stochastic methods of flood estimation, the characterisation of hydrologic risk, regional estimation techniques in catchment hydrology, and the assessment of sustainable limits on water resources. He is a co-editor and contributing author of the current national guidelines on flood estimation, and for many years he was Australia’s representative on the International Committee of Large Dams floods committee and a member of the hydrology sub-committee of the NSW Dams Safety Council. He has published around 200 research papers on engineering and environmental hydrology in journals, books, and refereed conference proceedings. His research publications have won several national and international awards, including four medals awarded by Engineers Australia for the best annual paper in civil engineering. In 2000 he was awarded national "Civil Engineer of the Year" by Engineers Australia, and in 2009 he was recognised as one of Australia’s “Most Influential Engineers”.

Recent Publications

  1. Horne A, Kaur S, Szemis J, MacHado Costa A, Webb J, Nathan R, Lowe L, Boland N. Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 88.
  2. Nathan R, Ball J, Nathan R. Approaches to Flood Estimation. Book 1: Scope and Philosphy, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  3. Nathan R. Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. . 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks W, Weinmann PE, Retalick M, Testoni I.
  4. Nathan R, Jordan P, Scorah M, Lang S, Kuczera G, Schaefer M, Weinmann E. Estimating the exceedance probability of extreme rainfalls up to the probable maximum precipitation. JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2016, Vol. 543.
  5. Ball J, Nathan R, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I. Estimation of Very Rare to Extreme Floods. . 2016.
  6. Ladson A, Nathan R, Nathan R. Hydrologic Processes Contributing to Floods. Book 4: Catchment Simulation for Design Flood Estimation, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks B, Weinman E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  7. Horne A, Webb J, Costelloe J, Kaur S, Casas-Mulet R, Szemis J, Costa A, Stewardson M, Nathan R, Boland N, Webb J. Optimization to Support Seasonal Environmental Watering Decisions. 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics (ISE). The University of Melbourne. 2016. Editors: Lyon JP.
  8. Nathan R, Weinmann PE, Nathan R. Treatment of Joint Probability. Book 4: Catchment Simulation for Design Flood Estimation, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  9. Nathan R, Ling F, Nathan R. Types of Simulation Approaches. Book 4: Catchment Simulation for Design Flood Estimation, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  10. Nathan R, Weinmann PE, Nathan R. Uncertainty Determination. Book 7: Application of Catchment Modelling Systems, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  11. Nathan R, Scorah M, Jordan P, Lang S, Kuczera G, Schaefer M, Weinmann PE. A tail of two models: Estimating the annual exceedance probability of probable maximum precipitation. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). 2015.
  12. Fowler K, Morden R, Lowe L, Nathan R. Advances in assessing the impact of hillside farm dams on streamflow. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES. Institution of Engineers Australia. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 2.
  13. Hill P, Graszkiewicz S, Loveridge M, Nathan R, Scorah M. Analysis of loss values for Australian rural catchments to underpin ARR guidance. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). 2015.
  14. Jordan P, Nathan R, Seed A. Application of spatial and space-time patterns of design rainfall to design flood estimation. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). 2015.
  15. Jordan P, Nathan R, Weeks B, Waskiw P, Herron A, Cetin L, Rogencamp G, Stephens C, Russell C. Estimation of flood risk for linear transport infrastructure using continuous simulation modelling. 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). 2015.

Rory Nathan

Level: 04 Room: 412A
Engineering Block D, Parkville
University of Melbourne
3010 Australia

T: +61 3 03 8344 3090
E: rory.nathan@unimelb.edu.au


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