Dr Murray Peel

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 413
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Hydroclimatology (Hydrology, Global Hydrology, Hydroclimatic Variability)

Personal webpage



Dr Murray Peel is a Senior Lecturer and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD (Geography) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. His research interests include catchment hydrology, hydroclimatology, hydrologic impacts of climate change and land use change, improving techniques for hydrologic prediction under changing conditions and understanding global differences in the inter-annual variability of annual runoff. His research and consulting activities have produced over 100 publications, including 44 articles in international journals and 8 book chapters.

My personal web page can be found at http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/mpeel/.

Recent publications

  1. Barria P, Peel M, Walsh K, Munoz A. The first 300-year streamflow reconstruction of a high-elevation river in Chile using tree rings. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY. John Wiley & Sons. 2018, Vol. 38, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5186
  2. Mehran A, Aghakouchak A, Nakhjiri N, Stewardson M, Peel M, Phillips TJ, Wada Y, Ravalico JK. Compounding Impacts of Human-Induced Water Stress and Climate Change on Water Availability. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-06765-0
  3. Wang J, Nathan R, Horne A, Peel M, Wei Y, Langford K. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 96. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  4. Stewardson M, Acreman M, Costelloe J, Fletcher T, Fowler K, Horne A, Liu G, McClain ME, Peel M. UNDERSTANDING HYDROLOGICAL ALTERATION. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00003-6
  5. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Perraud J-M, Zhang L. Bias in streamflow projections due to climate-induced shifts in catchment response. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 43, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL067326
  6. McMahon T, Finlayson B, Peel M. Historical developments of models for estimating evaporation using standard meteorological data. WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-WATER. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1172
  7. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L. Predicting shifts in rainfall-runoff partitioning during multiyear drought: Roles of dry period and catchment characteristics. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019525
  8. Fowler K, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L, Peterson T. Simulating runoff under changing climatic conditions: Revisiting an apparent deficiency of conceptual rainfall-runoff models. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018068
  9. Peel M, Srikanthan R, McMahon T, Karoly D. Approximating uncertainty of annual runoff and reservoir yield using stochastic replicates of global climate model data. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 4. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-1615-2015
  10. McMahon T, Peel M, Karoly D. Assessment of precipitation and temperature data from CMIP3 global climate models for hydrologic simulation. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 1. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-361-2015
  11. Tesemma Z, Wei Y, Peel M, Western A. Including the dynamic relationship between climatic variables and leaf area index in a hydrological model to improve streamflow prediction under a changing climate. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 6. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-2821-2015
  12. Kidson R, Taylor N, Haddad BM, Langford K, Peel M, Western A, McMahon T, Kuss AJM. Long-run persistence in reservoir inflows: Empirical Mode Decomposition in Sydney and Melbourne. OzWater’15. 2015.
  13. Tesemma Z, Wei Y, Peel M, Western A. The effect of year-to-year variability of leaf area index on Variable Infiltration Capacity model performance and simulation of runoff. ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES. Pergamon. 2015, Vol. 83. DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.07.002
  14. Saft M, Western A, Zhang L, Peel M, Potter NJ. The influence of multiyear drought on the annual rainfall-runoff relationship: An Australian perspective. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2015, Vol. 51, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015348
  15. Barria P, Walsh K, Peel M, Karoly D. Uncertainties in runoff projections in southwestern Australian catchments using a global climate model with perturbed physics. JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 529. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.07.040

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