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    Biography

    Acknowledging that research on climate change impacts often lacks integration across disciplines, I have aligned my research at the interface between climate, hydrological, and environmental sciences since the early stages of my academic career. In 2015, following two years of post-doctoral experience at the University of Cape Town (South Africa), I moved to CAWR as an Assistant Professor in water and climate change. I have published 41 peer-reviewed articles in high-quality journals alongside world-leading experts. These publications have been presented at over 70 international conferences, and have received great attention, and growing interest, from the scientific community (Google Scholar H-index [i10] = 21 [26], including 8 citations in the IPCC-AR6). My research strongly focuses on Africa, where I have developed a strong network, reflecting my deepest aspirations and passion, over the years. Notably, my research has: i) furthered the understanding of large-scale climate mechanisms that enhance the predictability of multi-year hydro-agro-climatic risks; ii) challenged existing strategies in modelling climate change impacts on the environment (surface- and ground-water, flood, drought, fire weather, vegetation, forest and crop) and led to refashioning practices in climate model evaluation. My paper on the climate mechanisms driving decadal rainfall variability in southern Africa was awarded the 2016 Stanley Jackson Award (Best Contribution in Climate Sciences for Southern Africa). Recognizing my qualities, I have been invited to take an active role within the UNESCO Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP). I am the European lead coordinator of the UNESCO IHP FRIEND-Water Initiative (EURO-FRIEND). I am also part of the UK National Committee for International Hydrology, which coordinates the UK input to the UNESCO IHP and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). I have also led and co-developed several research grants and PhD projects (totalling over £1.5M).

    Research Interests

    -  Decadal variability and predictability of regional hydro-agroclimatic trends and extremes (including compound events).

    -  Understanding of the relative contribution of climate change and internal climate modes of variability (ENSO, NAO, AMO) on hydrological and environmental impacts and their predictability.

    - Understanding of human-land-water-climate interactions, their impacts on hydro-agroclimatic extremes (including compound events), and their predictability

    - Climate, Hydrological, and Environmental Modelling (Statistical and Physics-based)

    - Multi-model Evaluation frameworks for climate, hydrological and environmental modelling

    - Climate Change Adaptation, Hydrological Services, Flood and Drought management

    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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    External positions

    European Coordinator IHP FRIEND-Water programme (Euro-FRIEND), UNESCO

    1 Mar 2024 → …

    Honorary Research Associate, University of Birmingham

    9 Sept 20179 Sept 2018

    Honorary research Associate, University of Cape Town

    1 Feb 201531 Dec 2019

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