Hydrology and water resources

A research group led by Wouter Buytaert

We are a research group based at Imperial College London, focusing on sustainable water resources management. We deal with the entire toolchain from data collection, process understanding, simulation and prediction, to decision-support. Some applications include assessing and predicting the impact of climate change and land-use changes on water resources, quantifying ecosystem services, developing integrated hydro-ecological simulation systems, and uncertainty analysis.

We work predominantly in tropical regions such as the South-American Andes (Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile), the African rift (Ethiopia), and south Asia (India and Nepal), but we are also involved in projects in the UK and Europe. We work extensively with universities in all continents (well, except Antarctica), as well as policy institutes, governments, NGO's and local stakeholders.


28/06/2016: Simon Moulds's lulcc software gaining traction

The GIS group at Clark University posted a video tutorial on Youtube in which they use Simon's lullcc R package to compute components of pattern validation at multiple spatial resolutions. Check it out.

24/02/2016: Zed's paper highlighted in Nature Climate Change

Zed Zulkafli's paper on the annual flood pulses of the Amazon, which was published last month in ERL, was featured in the research highlights section of this month's Nature Climate Change issue! Earlier this month, the paper was also the topic of a blog post on Mongabay: Peruvian Amazon will get wetter and experience more severe floods, threatening wildlife.

09/02/2016: A flurry of new publications

Last month was quite productive in terms of publications. Of course they can also be found (with links) on our publications page. All are open access, while Bastian's is our first attempt to deposit the data too.

  • Manz, B., Buytaert, W., Zulkafli, Z., Lavado, W., Willems, B., Robles, L. A., Rodríguez-Sánchez J.-P., 2016. High-resolution Satellite-Gauge Merged Precipitation Climatologies of the Tropical Andes. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres. In press.
  • Blair, P. Buytaert, W., 2016. Socio-hydrological Modelling: A Review Asking ‘Why, What and How?’. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20, 443-478, doi:10.5194/hess-20-443-2016.
  • Zulkafli, Z., Buytaert, W., Manz, B., Véliz Rosas, C., Willems, P., Lavado-Casimiro, W., Guyot, J.-L., Santini, W., 2016. Projected increases in the annual flood pulse of the western Amazon. Environmental Research Letters, 11, 1.