Wouter Buytaert is a reader in hydrology and water resources in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is an expert on the impact of environmental change on the water cycle and its consequences for water supply and flood and drought risk. His work ranges from hydrological process understanding, to computer simulation, decision-support, the science policy interface, and sustainable development. He is working extensively in tropical and subtropical areas, 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 the Grantham Institute for Climate Change, UK and a member of the NERC peer review college. He is Editor of the EGU journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, and Associate Editor of Computers & Geosciences and 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 College in 2009 after positions at Lancaster University and the University of Bristol.
More information on research projects can be found on the group website.
et al., 2019, Potential contributions of pre-Inca infiltration infrastructure to Andean water security, Nature Sustainability, Vol:2, ISSN:2398-9629, Pages:584-593
et al., 2019, Improving water resources management using participatory monitoring in a remote mountainous region of Nepal, Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies, Vol:23, ISSN:2214-5818
et al., Learning to cope with water variability through participatory monitoring: the case study of the Mountainous region, Nepal, Meteorology Hydrology and Water Management, Vol:7, ISSN:2299-3835, Pages:49-61
et al., Effects of winter and summer-time irrigation over Gangetic Plain on the mean and intra-seasonal variability of Indian summer monsoon, Climate Dynamics, ISSN:0930-7575
et al., 2019, The development and intersection of highland-coastal scale frames: a case study of water governance in central Peru, Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning, ISSN:1522-7200