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. Kaur S, Horne, Stewardson M, Nathan R, Costa, Szemis J, Webb. Challenges in determining frequency of high flow spells for varying thresholds in environmental flows programs. Journal Ecohydraulics. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2017.
  2. Wang J, Nathan R, Horne A, Peel M, Wei Y, Langford J. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. Environmental Modelling and Software. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 96.
  3. Horne A, Szemis JM, Webb J, Kaur S, Stewardson M, Bond N, Nathan R. Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles. Environmental Management. Springer. 2017.
  4. Horne A, Kaur S, Szemis J, MacHado Costa A, Webb J, Nathan R, Stewardson M, Lowe L, Boland N. Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 88.
  5. Scorah M, Hill P, Lang S, Nathan R. Addressing embedded bursts in design storms for flood hydrology. 37th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). Engineers Australia. 2016.
  6. Hill P, Nathan R, Zhang J. Application of AWRA-L gridded soil moisture data for flood estimation. 37th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). Engineers Australia. 2016.
  7. Nathan R, Ball J. Approaches to Flood Estimation. Book 1: Scope and Philosphy, Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  8. Jordan P, Nathan R, Podger S, Babister M, Stensmyr P, Green J. Areal Reduction Factors. Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks W, Weinmann P, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  9. Ball J, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks W, Weinmann PE, Retalick M, Testoni I. Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. . 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks W, Weinmann PE, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  10. 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.
  11. Nathan R, Weinmann PE. Estimation of Very Rare to Extreme Floods. . 2016. Editors: Ball J, Babister M, Nathan R, Weeks B, Weinmann E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  12. Ladson A, 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, Nathan R, Weeks B, Weinman E, Retallick M, Testoni I.
  13. Nathan R, Stephens D, Smith M, Jordan P, Scorah M, Shepherd D, Hill P, Syme W. Impact of Natural Variability on Design Flood Flows and Levels. 37th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). Engineers Australia. 2016.
  14. Stephens D, Nathan R, Hill P, Scorah M. Incorporation of snowmelt into joint probability event based rainfall-runoff modelling. 37th Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium (HWRS). Engineers Australia. 2016.
  15. Horne A, Kaur S, Szemis J, Costa A, Stewardson M, Nathan R, Boland N, Webb J. OPTIMIZATION TO SUPPORT SEASONAL ENVIRONMENTAL WATERING DECISIONS. 11TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ECOHYDRAULICS. 2016.

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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