Philip Ward

Prof. dr.

  • Room C-548, W&N-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1087

    1081 HV Amsterdam

20062019
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Personal information

Prof. Philip Ward is Head of the Global Water and Climate Risk section of the the Department of Water and Climate Risk. He is Professor of Global Water Risk Dynamics at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). Since 2012 he has been a guest researcher at Deltares, and in 2013-2014 he was a visiting scientist at Columbia University in New York.

His current research focuses on flood and drought risk assessment at the global and continental scale. In the last few years, Philip has developed models to assess these risks today and in the future, as well as methods to assess the effectiveness and feasibility of disaster risk reduction strategies. His research fuses high-level scientific impact with key societal questions, and searches for solutions to global environmental challenges. He has authored more than 90 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including more than 10 in Nature journals and PNAS. In 2019, he was awarded the European Geosciences Union Plinius Medal, for his outstanding contribution to natural hazards research. He is convener of several major sessions on large scale flood and natural hazard risk, including those at the European Geosciences Union, the American Geophysical Union, and the World Bank GFDRR’s Understanding Risk forum. 

Prof. Ward has been awarded prestigious VIDI and VENI grants from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct research on global scale flood and drought risk. Through these projects, he has developed the state-of-the-art global flood risk assessment model GLOFRIS, which is used by a large range of stakeholders and decision makers, including the World Bank, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, OECD, UN-HABITAT, and several reinsurance companies. He also developed the online web-tool Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer with the World Resources Institute and Deltares. Currently, he leads work packages or tasks in several EU-funded international research projects: IMPREX, eartH2Observe, and RISES-AM. He has been awarded grants/projects from agencies including NWO, European Commission, World Bank, FAO, Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, KNAW, Knowledge for Climate, Climate changes Spatial Planning, and Deltares.

Prof. Ward coordinates, or teaches in, courses at Masters and Bachelors level on: Integrated Modelling in Hydrology; Tools in Environmental Resource Management; Risk Assessment; Water Policy; and Thesis Writing. He is currently adviser to 8 PhD students.

Expertise

Flood risk, water resources management, drought risk, hydrology, global modelling, storm surge modelling, GIS, climate change impacts; climate variability impacts, climate-water interaction.

Education

2005-2008: PhD Simulating discharge and sediment yield characteristics in the Meuse basin during the late Holocene and 21st Century (defence: 23 January 2009).

2004-2005: MSc Environment and Resource Management (cum laude). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1996-1999: BSc Geography (First Class Honours). The University of Manchester, U.K.

 

Ancillary activities

  • Deltares | Delft | Gastonderzoeker | 2012-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2006 2019

Open Access

Bending the trend: Towards sustainable flood and drought risk solutions through understanding global disaster risk

Ward, P., 8 Nov 2019, 26 p.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechProfessional

File

Brief communication: Rethinking the 1998 China floods to prepare for a nonstationary future

Du, S., Cheng, X., Huang, Q., Chen, R., Ward, P. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 2 Apr 2019, In : Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 19, 3, p. 715-719 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
communication
global trade
urban planning
urbanization
climate change

Commentary: The need for a high-accuracy, open-access global DEM

Winsemius, H. C., Ward, P. J., Gayton, I., ten Veldhuis, M. C., Meijer, D. H. & Iliffe, M., Mar 2019, In : Frontiers in Earth Science. 7, p. 1-4 4 p., 33.

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic

Open Access
rural area
vulnerability
risk assessment
urban area
damage

Activities 2007 2015

  • 60 Lecture / Presentation
  • 3 Membership
  • 2 Editorial work
  • 1 Conference

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Climate Change (Journal)

P.J. Ward (Member of editorial board)
2015

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Global flood risk assessment

P.J. Ward (Speaker)
13 Sep 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

American Geophysical Union (External organisation)

P.J. Ward (Member)
2013

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Nuclear safety and trends in global river flood risk

J.C.J.H. Aerts (Speaker), B. Jongman (Speaker), P.J. Ward (Speaker), J.C.J. Kwadijk (Speaker), B. Wetzelaar (Speaker)
12 Apr 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Dissecting risk: what explains patterns in global flood losses?

B. Jongman (Speaker), H. Winsemius (Speaker), J.C.J.H. Aerts (Speaker), W. Kron (Speaker), P.J. Ward (Speaker)
12 Apr 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic