Chris White


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Dr White is the Head of the Centre for Water, Environment, Sustainability and Public Health, which undertakes fundamental and applied research that provides novel solutions to some of the most pressing global environmental challenges, including net zero and the circular economy, water and waste, environmental health, and climate resilience.

He leads the Engineering for Extremes research group that focuses on understanding extreme weather events and hydro-meteorological hazards such as floods and droughts, their impact on the built and natural environments in a changing climate, and the development and application of climate services for improved decision-making and climate resilience.

His research interests are cross-disciplinary, including the emerging fields of multi-hazard compound and cascading events, impact-based forecasting, and the prediction and application of predictions on extended-range weather and climatic timescales.

He leads a workpackage of the new MEDiate (‘Multi-hazard and risk-informed system for enhanced local and regional disaster risk management’) project, funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission. He is part of the Management Committee of the European COST Action CA17109 on compound events, and is co-leading a new applications sub-project of the World Meteorological Organization’s WWRP/WCRP S2S Prediction Project. Dr White is also the Secretary of the International Commission on Coupled Land-Atmosphere Systems (ICCLAS), one of the ten commissions of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS).

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in research or knowledge exchange collaborations or doing a PhD under my supervision.

*** We are hiring!! We have a fixed-term research position in multi-hazards open to applications *** We have a fixed-term research position currently advertised in multi-hazards as part of the new MEDiate (‘Multi-hazard and risk-informed system for enhanced local and regional disaster risk management’) project, which has recently been funded by the Horizon Europe programme of the European Commission: 
Research Fellow in Multi-hazards (485961) (fixed-term 18 months, with possible extension to 24 months)

To view the full position descriptions and/or apply, go to and enter the relevant reference number 485961. If you wish to discuss either of these opportunities informally before applying, please contact me on

Applications close 24 February 2023


Teaching Interests

Modules taught:

  • Hydraulics and Hydrology (CL216)
  • Water Engineering 1 (CL315)
  • Water Engineering 2 (CL420)

Research Interests

My research focuses on natural hazards (including floods, droughts and heatwaves), surface water hydrology and resources, risk management and climate change resilience. I specialise in understanding natural hazards and risk from both physical causative and impacts perspectives, centred on the understanding, modelling and prediction of extreme weather events (in particular, hydrological prediction) on both the extended-range 'subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S)' (e.g. weeks to months) and climate timescales (e.g. up to the end of the century) using regional high-resolution and global climate projections.

Much of my research involves working with end-users to make climate, weather and natural hazards science and information more usable though the exploration of improved applications, communication and promotion of appropriate risk information in support of resource management, emergency management and disaster risk reduction activities.

I am always keen to talk to potential students, collaborators and industry partners about future projects and opportunities.  

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, University of Southampton

1 Sep 200330 Nov 2007

Award Date: 30 Nov 2007

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Southampton

1 Sep 200030 Jun 2003

Award Date: 30 Jun 2003

External positions

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, University of Tasmania

1 Jul 2008 → …


  • Natural Hazards
  • Flood Risk
  • Climate Change
  • risk communication
  • Forecasting
  • Environmental Engineering


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