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Prof. Philip Ward is Deputy Head of the Department of Water and Climate Risk at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM). He is Professor of Global Water Risk Dynamics, and leads his own research programme 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.

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

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2006 2019

Financing agricultural drought risk through ex-ante cash transfers

Guimarães Nobre, G., Davenport, F., Bischiniotis, K., Veldkamp, T., Jongman, B., Funk, C. C., Husak, G., Ward, P. J. & Aerts, J. C. J. H., 25 Feb 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 653, p. 523-535 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Drought
drought
cost
maize
Costs

A first collective validation of global fluvial flood models for major floods in Nigeria and Mozambique

Bernhofen, M. V., Whyman, C., Trigg, M. A., Sleigh, P. A., Smith, A. M., Sampson, C. C., Yamazaki, D., Ward, P. J., Rudari, R., Pappenberger, F., Dottori, F., Salamon, P. & Winsemius, H. C., 1 Oct 2018, In : Environmental Research Letters. 13, 10, p. 1-11 11 p., 104007

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Mozambique
Nigeria
Risk Management
Disasters
Hydrodynamics

An interdisciplinary research agenda to explore the unintended consequences of structural flood protection

Di Baldassarre, G., Kreibich, H., Vorogushyn, S., Aerts, J. C. J. H., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Barendrecht, M., Bates, P., Borga, M., Botzen, W. J. W., Bubeck, P., B, D. M., Carmen Llasat, M., Mazzoleni, M., Molinari, D., E, M., Mård, J., Petrucci, O., Scolobig, A., Viglione, A. & Ward, P. J., 2018, In : Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences. 22, p. 5629-5637 doi:10.5194/hess-22-5629-2018

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

File

Assessing coastal flood risk at the global scale

Muis, S., 2018, 209 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access
File

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 proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

climate change
flooding
damage
floodplain
population growth

Activities 2007 2015

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

Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Climate Change (Journal)

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

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

European Geosciences Union (External organisation)

Ward, P. J. (Member)
2013

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Global flood risks under changing climate and socioeconomic conditions

F. Sperna Weiland (Speaker), Ward, P. J. (Speaker), A. Bouwman (Speaker), W. Ligtvoet (Speaker), R. Van Beek (Speaker), H. Winsemius (Speaker)
12 Apr 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Dissecting risk: what explains patterns in global flood losses?

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

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The influence of El Niño Southern Oscillation on global scale flood risk

Ward, P. J. (Speaker)
12 Oct 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic