Dr Murray Peel

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 413
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

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. Fowler K, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L. Improved Rainfall-Runoff Calibration for Drying Climate: Choice of Objective Function. Water Resources Research. American Geophysical Union. 2018, Vol. 54, Issue 5. DOI: 10.1029/2017WR022466
  2. Barria P, Peel M, Walsh K, Munoz A. The first 300-year streamflow reconstruction of a high-elevation river in Chile using tree rings. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLIMATOLOGY. John Wiley & Sons. 2018, Vol. 38, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1002/joc.5186
  3. Liffner JW, Hewa GA, Peel M. The sensitivity of catchment hypsometry and hypsometric properties to DEM resolution and polynomial order. GEOMORPHOLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 309. DOI: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2018.02.022
  4. Shrestha S, Moore G, Peel M. Trends in winter fog events in the Terai region of Nepal. AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2018, Vol. 259. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2018.04.018
  5. 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. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2018, Vol. 144, Issue 8. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000963
  6. Barria P, Peel M, Walsh K, Garreaud R. Analysis of within and between-GCM uncertainties of runoff projections in Mediterranean-like catchments. JOURNAL OF SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE. Bureau of Meteorology. 2017, Vol. 67, Issue 3. DOI: 10.22499/3.6703.003
  7. Mehran A, Aghakouchak A, Nakhjiri N, Stewardson M, Peel M, 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
  8. Wang J, Nathan R, Horne A, Peel M, Wei Y, Langford K. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 96. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2017.06.016
  9. Stewardson M, Acreman M, Costelloe J, Fletcher T, Fowler K, Horne A, Liu G, McClain ME, Peel M. UNDERSTANDING HYDROLOGICAL ALTERATION. WATER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: FROM POLICY AND SCIENCE TO IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT. Academic Press. 2017. Editors: Horne AC, Webb JA, Stewardson MJ, Richter B, Acreman M. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803907-6.00003-6
  10. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Perraud J-M, Zhang L. Bias in streamflow projections due to climate-induced shifts in catchment response. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 43, Issue 4. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL067326
  11. McMahon T, Finlayson B, Peel M. Historical developments of models for estimating evaporation using standard meteorological data. WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-WATER. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1172
  12. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L. Predicting shifts in rainfall-runoff partitioning during multiyear drought: Roles of dry period and catchment characteristics. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 12. DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019525
  13. Fowler K, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L, Peterson T. Simulating runoff under changing climatic conditions: Revisiting an apparent deficiency of conceptual rainfall-runoff models. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1002/2015WR018068
  14. Peel M, Srikanthan R, McMahon T, Karoly D. Approximating uncertainty of annual runoff and reservoir yield using stochastic replicates of global climate model data. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 4. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-1615-2015
  15. McMahon T, Peel M, Karoly D. Assessment of precipitation and temperature data from CMIP3 global climate models for hydrologic simulation. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 1. DOI: 10.5194/hess-19-361-2015

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