Understanding climate change and how it affects our planet is at the heart of HR Wallingford’s work.
Whether its flooding, renewable energy, water security, extreme weather, working with nature or using the latest space technology, we’re finding ways to help communities across the world to live with our changing world.
And we always have someone to talk about it. Contact our press office to discuss your story.
Flooding and flood management
Emma has well over 20 years’ experience in flood engineering. She has helped design innovative flood forecasting systems all over the world, using the very latest in technology to protect vulnerable communities and push the boundaries of flood engineering.
Please be aware that Emma lip reads, so no phone interviews please (but she can always go digital).
Steven is a specialist in coastal flooding caused by cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons. He uses the latest science (often developed by Steve himself) to warn governments, NGOs and other authorities where and when they will face disruption from flooding, and at what scale. Steve works as part of a team assembled by the Foreign Office to develop this expertise around the world.
What David doesn’t know about flooding probably isn’t worth knowing! His knowledgeable and thoughtful style, gained over 40 years in the industry, mean he explains difficult concepts in a really accessible way. David is particularly interested in working with nature to solve to world’s flooding problems.
Climate change risk
Helen is a tour de force when it comes to climate change risk. She managed the government’s first ever climate change risk assessment for the Climate Change Committee over ten years ago and has been involved in each one since. She can simply explain why climate change is a risk and what individuals and organisations can do to manage it.
Andy Ball helps secure water supplies across the UK. He is always at the cutting edge of the industry and a leading light in metering, leakage and water efficiency, as well as how water abstraction affects the natural environment. Before joining HR Wallingford, Andy worked for a number of UK water companies and major environmental consultancies.
George helps ensure that the taps stay running for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. At the moment he is helping a number of developing nations to become more climate resilient, especially in the face of hurricanes and drought.
Craig is one of the world’s most preeminent expert on dams, their uses and management. He has also just helped develop DAMSAT, a satellite monitoring service for dams and the first technology of its kind.
Offshore wind, tidal and wave power
Mike Case has worked across the renewables industry for many years and can really bring the subject to life. He is particularly knowledgeable about how the challenges of building in water, set to become a major issue as we move towards a zero carbon future.
Ports and harbour
Tom is an expert on how climate change is affecting the world’s marine infrastructure. He recently produced a report for the British Ports Authority explaining just this.
Gina specialises in using the very latest space technology to prevent vector-borne diseases like dengue fever. Dengue affects over half the world’s population and this number is due to grow as the disease spreads across the world due to climate change.
Coastal management and engineering
Ridha can tell you all about how coastal defences like sea walls and breakwaters are being affected by climate change, and what we can do about it.