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

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Dr Philip Ward is Deputy Head of the Department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). He is an Assistant Professor, and leads his own research program on Global Water and Climate Risk. 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 flood 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 45 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including 4 in Nature Climate Change and 2 in PNAS. 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.

In 2011, Philip was awarded a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to conduct research on El Niño Southern Oscillation’s influence on flood risk worldwide. Through this project, he 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.

Dr 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 7 PhD students.


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


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

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Research Output 2006 2018

Assessment and Adaptation to Climate Change-Related Floods Risks

Jongman, B., Winsemius, H. C., Fraser, S., Muis, S. & Ward, P. J. 2018 Oxford Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, p. 1-29 29 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

climate change
population growth

Attribution of Large-Scale Climate Patterns to Seasonal Peak-Flow and Prospects for Prediction Globally

Lee, D., Ward, P. & Block, P. Feb 2018 In : Water Resources Research. 54, 2, p. 916-938 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
peak flow
Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation
risk assessment
Climate Change
natural disaster
climate change

Future climate risk from compound events

Zscheischler, J., Westra, S., Van Den Hurk, B. J. J. M., Seneviratne, S. I., Ward, P. J., Pitman, A., Aghakouchak, A., Bresch, D. N., Leonard, M., Wahl, T. & Zhang, X. Jun 2018 In : Nature Climate Change. 8, 6, p. 469-477 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

social impact
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