Associate Professor Rory Nathan

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 412A
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • engineering hydrology (modelling, environmental, risk, yield, land-use change, climate change)

Biography

Rory Nathan has over 35 years’ experience in engineering and environmental hydrology. He has spent the majority of his career in private industry, and now focuses his time on research and teaching in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering. He has made a substantial contribution to industry best practice in a range of engineering and environmental fields, particularly in the use of stochastic methods of flood estimation, the characterisation of hydrologic risk, regional estimation techniques in catchment hydrology, and the assessment of sustainable limits on water resources. He is a co-editor and contributing author of the current national guidelines on flood estimation, and for many years he was Australia’s representative on the International Committee of Large Dams floods committee and a member of the hydrology sub-committee of the NSW Dams Safety Council. He has published around 200 research papers on engineering and environmental hydrology in journals, books, and refereed conference proceedings. His research publications have won several national and international awards, including four medals awarded by Engineers Australia for the best annual paper in civil engineering. In 2000 he was awarded national "Civil Engineer of the Year" by Engineers Australia, and in 2009 he was recognised as one of Australia’s “Most Influential Engineers”.

Recent publications

  1. Parker, D.; Lowe, L.; Rave, D.; Nathan, R.; Stacey, M. A changing flow regime in southern Victoria. 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2018: Water and Communities. 2018, pp. 626-634.
  2. Horne, AC.; Kaur, S.; Szemis, JM.; Costa, AM.; Nathan, R.; Webb, JA.; Stewardson, MJ.; Boland, N. Active Management of Environmental Water to Improve Ecological Outcomes. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000991
  3. O Shea, D.; Nathan, R.; Hill, P. Another step on the difficult journey to regionalise a probability-based loss model. 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2018: Water and Communities. 2018, pp. 600-613.
  4. Wang, J.; Nathan, R.; Horne, A. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Environmental Outcomes in the Context of Natural Climate Variability. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management. ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0001008
  5. Scorah, M.; Stephens, D.; Nathan, R. Benchmarking the selection of probability neutral hydrologic design floods for use in 2D hydraulic models. 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2018: Water and Communities. 2018, pp. 749-761.
  6. Lang, S.; Zhang, J.; Scorah, M.; Nathan, R.; Pearse, M. Characterising the location and rarity of annual maxima rainfall in the GTSM-R coastal zone. 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2018: Water and Communities. 2018, pp. 485-496.
  7. Horne, AC.; Szemis, JM.; Webb, JA.; Kaur, S.; Stewardson, MJ.; Bond, N.; Nathan, R. Informing Environmental Water Management Decisions: Using Conditional Probability Networks to Address the Information Needs of Planning and Implementation Cycles. Environmental Management. SPRINGER. 2018, Vol. 61, Issue 3, pp. 347-357. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-017-0874-8
  8. Nathan, R. Lessons from my failures. Australian Journal of Water Resources. TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS. 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 2, pp. 101-112. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2018.1553414
  9. Nathan, RJ.; Mcmahon, TA. Reply to discussion by R French and M Jones on 'recommended practice for hydrologic investigations and reporting'. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS. 2018, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 91-92. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2018.1478244
  10. Jordan, P.; Race, G.; Morden, R.; Shepherd, D.; Lang, S.; Nathan, R. Trends in farm dam development over time in Victoria, 2000-2015. 2018 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, HWRS 2018: Water and Communities. 2018, pp. 380-392.
  11. 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
  12. Kaur, S.; Horne, A.; Stewardson, M.; Nathan, R.; Costa, A.; Szemis, J.; Webb, J. Challenges in determining frequency of high flow spells for varying thresholds in environmental flows programs. Journal of Ecohydraulics. Taylor & Francis Ltd. 2017, Vol. 2, Issue 1, pp. 28-37. DOI: 10.1080/24705357.2016.1276418
  13. 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
  14. Nathan, RJ.; Mcmahon, TA. Recommended practice for hydrologic investigations and reporting. Australasian Journal of Water Resources. TAYLOR & FRANCIS AS. 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 3-19. DOI: 10.1080/13241583.2017.1362136
  15. Horne, A.; Kaur, S.; Szemis, J.; Costa, A.; Webb, JA.; Nathan, R.; Stewardson, M.; Lowe, L.; Boland, N. Using optimization to develop a "designer" environmental flow regime. Environmental Modelling & Software. ELSEVIER SCI LTD. 2017, Vol. 88, pp. 188-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.11.020
  16. Scorah, M.; Hill, P.; Lang, S.; Nathan, R. Addressing embedded bursts in design storms for flood hydrology. 37th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2016: Water, Infrastructure and the Environment, HWRS 2016. Engineers Australia. 2016, Vol. 2016-November, pp. 507-516.
  17. Hill, P.; Nathan, R.; Zhang, J. Application of AWRA-L gridded soil moisture data for flood estimation. 37th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium 2016: Water, Infrastructure and the Environment, HWRS 2016. Engineers Australia. 2016, Vol. 2016-November, pp. 179-186.
  18. Nathan, R.; Ball, J. Approaches to Flood Estimation. . Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia). 2016.
  19. Jordan, P.; Nathan, R.; Podger, S.; Babister, M.; Stensmyr, P.; Green, J. Areal Reduction Factors. . Commonwealth of Australia (Geosciences Australia). 2016.
  20. Ball, J.; Babister, M.; Nathan, R.; Weeks, W.; Weinmann, PE.; Retallick, M.; Testoni, I. Australian Rainfall and Runoff: A Guide to Flood Estimation. . Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia). 2016.

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