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Professor Paul Bates

Professor Paul Bates

Professor Paul Bates
CBE, B.Sc.(Soton), Ph.D.(Bristol)

Professor of Hydrology
Associate Director - Impact and Innovation

Area of research

Flood risk and uncertainty

Office 1.3S
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 928 9108

Research summary

Paul is a hydrologist by background, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He has widespread research interests in risk, resilience, uncertainty, governance and decision-making in relation to natural hazards and global water issues. He is a double recipient of the Lloyd's of London Science of Risk prize and in 2015 he was awarded a 50th Anivversary Prize for Economic Impact by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council.  He has published over 200 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and these were cited over 1700 times in 2018 according to ...

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Paul obtained a BSc in Geography from Southampton University in 1989, and a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1992 working with Professor Malcolm Anderson.  His PhD research analysed finite element methods for modeling flood flows, a theme he continued during postdoctoral research funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the Laboratoire Saint Venant in Paris where he worked with Jean-Michel Hervouet.  In 1995 he was appointed to a Lectureship in Physical Geography at the University of Bristol. He was promoted to Reader in 2000, and full Professor in ...

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