Water and energy systems are routinely engineered and managed separately, yet share an increasingly scarce water resource. New water supplies require more energy and many new energy supplies require more water. These interconnections are just two examples of the feedback cycle existing with regard to water and energy system management that I examine.
coupled socio-hydrological energy modelling
Water and energy system management and planning frequently draws on physical constructs to represent and conceptualize water system processes using physical modelling sciences. However in both water and energy systems that supply water and energy for human use, human systems interact with and modify hydrological cycles, create demand on energy systems, while hydrological systems influence the development and formation of human systems.
My research interests in socio-hydrological energy modelling focus on coupling behavioural models with management and planning models to highlight the dynamic relationships between human and water-energy systems.
decision support for climate change adaptation
My third area of research interest relates to my overall interest in decision support for climate change adaptation. This includes quantifying preferences for climate adaptation policies, communicating climate change, developing adaptive management frameworks, defining key decisions for managing extreme weather events, and more.