Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor in Hydrology and Water Resources



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Wouter Buytaert is an expert on the impact of environmental change on the water cycle and its consequences for managing water resources and flood and drought risk. His work includes advancing hydrological process understanding and computer simulation, decision-support and the science - policy interface of water resources, and the link between water and sustainable development. He is working extensively in developing regions, with a particular interest in the Andes and the Himalayas.

His work is funded by a large variety of sources, including but not limited to the UK Research Councils, UK DFID, the European Commission, the European Institute of Technology, UNESCO, Interamerican Development Bank, World Bank, the Belgian Development Cooperation, companies and private donors.

Wouter is also a fellow of Imperial's Grantham Institute for Climate Change, editor of the EGU journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, and associate editor of Frontiers in Earth Science. He receives frequent invitations to speak in international conferences and meetings, both in an academic and a policy context.

Wouter graduated with an Meng/MSc in Environmental Engineering from the University of Leuven, Belgium in 2000 and obtained a PhD from the same university in 2004. He joined Imperial in 2009 after positions at Lancaster University and the University of Bristol.

More information on research projects can be found on the group website.



Moulds S, Chan ACH, Tetteh JD, et al., 2022, Sachet water in Ghana: a spatiotemporal analysis of the recent upward trend in consumption and its relationship with changing household characteristics, 2010-2017, Plos One, ISSN:1932-6203

Vanacker V, Molina A, Rosas-Barturen M, et al., 2022, The effect of natural infrastructure on water erosion mitigation in the Andes, Soil, Vol:8, ISSN:2199-3971, Pages:133-147

Astagneau PC, Thirel G, Delaigue O, et al., 2021, Technical note: Hydrology modelling R packages - a unified analysis of models and practicalities from a user perspective, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Vol:25, ISSN:1027-5606, Pages:3937-3973

Pandeya B, Buytaert W, Potter C, 2021, Designing citizen science for water and ecosystem services management in data-poor regions: Challenges and opportunities, Current Research in Environmental Sustainability, Vol:3, ISSN:2666-0490, Pages:1-11

Wagener T, Dadson SJ, Hannah DM, et al., 2021, Knowledge gaps in our perceptual model of Great Britain's hydrology, Hydrological Processes, Vol:35, ISSN:0885-6087

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