Dr Murray Peel

  • Room: Level: 03 Room: 355
  • Building: 333 Exhibition St
  • Campus: Other

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. Henley, BJ.; Peel, MC.; Nathan, R.; King, AD.; Ukkola, AM.; Karoly, DJ.; Tan, KS. Amplification of risks to water supply at 1.5°C and 2°C in drying climates: a case study for Melbourne, Australia. Environmental Research Letters. IOP Publishing. 2019, Vol. 14, Issue 8, pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab26ef
  2. Nathan, RJ.; Mcmahon, TA.; Peel, MC.; Horne, A. Assessing the degree of hydrologic stress due to climate change. Climatic Change. Springer Science and Business Media LLC. 2019. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-019-02497-4
  3. Knoben, WJM.; Freer, JE.; Fowler, KJA.; Peel, MC.; Woods, RA. Modular Assessment of Rainfall-Runoff Models Toolbox (MARRMoT) v1.2: An open-source, extendable framework providing implementations of 46 conceptual hydrologic models as continuous state-space formulations. Geoscientific Model Development. Copernicus Publications. 2019, Vol. 12, Issue 6, pp. 2463-2480. DOI: 10.5194/gmd-12-2463-2019
  4. Mcmahon, TA.; Peel, MC. Uncertainty in stage-discharge rating curves: application to Australian Hydrologic Reference Stations data. Hydrological Sciences Journal. TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2019, Vol. 64, Issue 3, pp. 255-275. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2019.1577555
  5. Akhavan, S.; Mousabeygi, F.; Peel, MC. Assessment of eight reference evapotranspiration (ETo) methods considering Koppen climate class in Iran. Hydrological Sciences Journal. TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2018, Vol. 63, Issue 10, pp. 1468-1481. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2018.1513654
  6. Shrestha, S.; Peel, MC.; Moore, GA. Development of a Regression Model for Estimating Daily Radiative Forcing Due to Atmospheric Aerosols from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometers (MODIS) Data in the Indo Gangetic Plain (IGP). ATMOSPHERE. MDPI. 2018, Vol. 9, Issue 10. DOI: 10.3390/atmos9100405
  7. Moore, HE.; Rutherfurd, ID.; Peel, MC. Excluding stock from riverbanks for environmental restoration: The influence of social norms, drought, and off-farm income on landholder behaviour. Journal of Rural Studies. PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2018, Vol. 62, pp. 116-124. DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.07.012
  8. Fowler, K.; Peel, M.; Western, A.; Zhang, L. Improved Rainfall-Runoff Calibration for Drying Climate: Choice of Objective Function. Water Resources Research. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 5, pp. 3392-3408. DOI: 10.1029/2017WR022466
  9. Fowler, K.; Coxon, G.; Freer, J.; Peel, M.; Wagener, T.; Western, A.; Woods, R.; Zhang, L. Simulating Runoff Under Changing Climatic Conditions: A Framework for Model Improvement. Water Resources Research. American Geophysical Union. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 12, pp. 9812-9832. DOI: 10.1029/2018WR023989
  10. Barria, P.; Peel, MC.; Walsh, KJE.; Munoz, A. The first 300-year streamflow reconstruction of a high-elevation river in Chile using tree rings. International Journal of Climatology. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 436-451. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5186
  11. Liffner, JW.; Hewa, GA.; Peel, MC. The sensitivity of catchment hypsometry and hypsometric properties to DEM resolution and polynomial order. Geomorphology. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2018, Vol. 309, pp. 112-120. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.02.022
  12. Shrestha, S.; Moore, GA.; Peel, MC. Trends in winter fog events in the Terai region of Nepal. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV. 2018, Vol. 259, pp. 118-130. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.04.018
  13. Wang, J.; Horne, A.; Nathan, R.; Peel, M.; Neave, I. Vulnerability of Ecological Condition to the Sequencing of Wet and Dry Spells Prior to and during the Murray-Darling Basin Millennium Drought. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000963
  14. Barria, PA.; Peel, MC.; Walsh, KJE.; Garreaud, R. Analysis of within and between-GCM uncertainties of runoff projections in Mediterranean-like catchments. Journal of Southern Hemisphere Earth System Science. AUSTRALIAN BUREAU METEOROLOGY. 2017, Vol. 67, Issue 3, pp. 181-213. DOI: 10.22499/3.6703.003
  15. Mehran, A.; Aghakouchak, A.; Nakhjiri, N.; Stewardson, MJ.; Peel, MC.; 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
  16. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A.; Peel, MC.; Wei, Y.; Langford, J. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. Environmental Modelling & Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2017, Vol. 96, pp. 68-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  17. Stewardson, MJ.; Acreman, M.; Costelloe, JF.; Fletcher, TD.; Fowler, KJA.; Horne, AC.; Liu, G.; Mcclain, ME.; Peel, MC. UNDERSTANDING HYDROLOGICAL ALTERATION. . ACADEMIC PRESS LTD-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, pp. 37-64. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00003-6
  18. Saft, M.; Peel, MC.; Western, AW.; Perraud, J-M.; Zhang, L. Bias in streamflow projections due to climate-induced shifts in catchment response. Geophysical Research Letters. AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION. 2016, Vol. 43, Issue 4, pp. 1574-1581. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL067326
  19. Khatami, S.; Peel, MC.; Peterson, .; Western, . Equifinality: what could it mean?. . European Geophysical Society. 2016, Vol. 18.
  20. Mcmahon, TA.; Finlayson, BL.; Peel, MC. Historical developments of models for estimating evaporation using standard meteorological data. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water. WILEY. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 6, pp. 788-818. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1172

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