Professor Roger Falconer DSc(Eng), FREng, FLSW, CEng, CEnv, FICE, FCIWEM

Professor Roger Falconer

DSc(Eng), FREng, FLSW, CEng, CEnv, FICE, FCIWEM

Professor

School of Engineering

Email:
falconerra@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4280
Location:
S/2.42, Queen's Buildings, 5 The Parade, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 3AA
Media commentator

Career Overview

Roger graduated as a civil engineer, and has since spent over 40 years in academia, specialising in water engineering and management and acquiring extensive research experience in developing and applying computational hydro-environmental models for environmental impact assessment studies and engineering design. At Cardiff he founded the Hydro-environmental Research Centre and managed the Department of Civil Engineering at his previous university (Bradford).  He was a member of the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) and Chair of the Civil and Construction Engineering Sub-Panel for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014). He was elected President and Honorary Member (2017) of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research – IAHR (2011-15) and is currently a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (2016-date). He has published extensively in the field of computational hydro-environmental modelling and has delivered numerous keynote and external lectures world-wide. He has worked extensively on providing specialist advice, to industry and government departments, on a wide range of water environmental impact assessment (EIA) projects, both in the UK and overseas; for example, he was involved in an international high profile court case (Malaysia v. Singapore, 2003) and in the follow up EIA study.  He has also interacted extensively with consulting engineering companies and regulatory agencies, through the provision of his hydro-environmental computer models. He has also participated extensively in TV and Press interviews, on a wide range of topics, most notably: the Severn Barrage, flooding, and global water security etc..

Education and Qualifications

1994  DSc(Eng)  Computational Hydraulics and Environmental Modelling, University of London

1992  DEng  Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamic, Water Quality and Sediment Transport     Processes in Rivers, Estuaries and Coastal Basins, University of Birmingham

1976  PhD, DIC Mathematical Modelling of Jet-Forced Circulation in Reservoirs and Harbours, Imperial College, London

1974  MSCE in Hydraulic Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

1973  BSc(Eng) in Civil Engineering, King's College, University of London

Career Overview

  • 1997-date: Professor of Water Management (Part-time since 2016) - sponsored by Hyder ( 1997-00) and CH2M and Halcrow (2000-15), School of Engineering, Cardiff University; Founding Director, Hydro-environmental Research Centre HRC (1997-14) - Responsible for strategic planning, leading research projects and co-ordinating research activities of centre, typically including 30 research associates and research students; Leader, Institute of Environment and Sustainability (2003-12).
  • 2011-15: President, International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and     Research (IAHR)
  • 1987-97: Professor of Water Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental             Engineering, University of Bradford; Deputy (1987-93) and Head of Department                       (1993-97), and Director of Environmental Hydraulics Research Centre (1987-97).
  • 1977-86: Lecturer in Hydraulics, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Birmingham.
  • 1976-77: Assistant Engineer, Mott MacDonald, Consulting Engineers, Cambridge

Honours and awards

  • Honorary Member of te International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, 2017 (Awarded for " outstanding contriution in promoting the development of computational modelling in hydro-environmental engineering and research and for his devoted service to IAHR, including as president 2011-15")    
  • Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal, 1997 (Awarded for “Outstanding and demonstrated personal contributions to British engineering leading to market exploitation”)
  • International Association for Hydraulic Research Ippen Award, 1991 (Awarded for `Outstanding contributions in area of computational flow modelling of coastal and estuarine waters and environmental problems`)
  • Tianjin Municipal People’s Government (China) Hai He Award of Honour, 2007 (Awarded in “Support for Development of Tianjin Municipality”)
  • Institution of Civil Engineers Robert Alfred Carr Prize, 2002 and 2006
  • Institution of Civil Engineers Telford Premium, 1993
  • Cardiff School of Engineering Teacher of the Year Awards (Large Class Teaching),2005-06, 2007-08 and 2014-15

Professional memberships

Main Academic and Learned Society Appointments

  • Vice-President, International Association for Coastal Reservoir Research (2017-)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Water (2017-)
  • Member, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Search Committee (2015-17)
  • Member, Inst. of Civil Engineers, State of the Nation Water Panel (2011-12)
  • President, Inter. Assoc. Hydro-Environment Engin. & Research (2011-15)
  • Chair, Research Excellence Framework, Civil Engineer. Sub-Panel (2010-14)
  • Chair, IAHR Task Force on Contribution to Global Water Security (2010-15)
  • External Examiner, University of Malayia, Malaysia (2009-12)
  • Member, Royal Society Brian Mercer Awards Panel (2008-13)
  • External Assessor, Promotions Com., Univ. of Malayia, Malaysia (2008-13)
  • Member, Royal Academy of Engineering Eng. Policy Committee (2008-12)
  • Chair, Marine Renewable Energy Task Group for Wales (2008-10)
  • Member, Royal Academy of Engin. Pro-Active Nomination Com. (2008-09)
  • Editorial Board Member, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2007-12)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Hydro-environmental Research (2007-)
  • British Council, Specialist Advisor Delphi–EAP Partnership (2006-12)
  • External Examiner, Heriot Watt and Glasgow Universities (2006-10)
  • External Examiner, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2005-08)
  • Guest Professor, Dept. of Mechanics, Tianjin University, China (2005-)
  • External Examiner, Open University, Milton Keynes (2003-08)
  • Member, RAEng Committee for Research and Secondment (2003-07)
  • Lead Assessor, RAEng Research in Civil Engineering (2002-05)
  • Member, RAEng Engineering Committee (2002-03)
  • Founding Editor, Journal of River Basin Management, IAHR (2002-)
  • Founding Editor, Journal of Water Management, ICE Proceedings (2003-06)
  • Editor, Water and Maritime Engineering, ICE Proceedings (2001-03)
  • Elected Member, ICE Council (2000-04)
  • Member, Royal Academy of Engineering, Membership Panel (2000-03)
  • External Examiner, National University of Ireland, Galway (1999-02)
  • Advisor, Association of Commonwealth Universities Fellowships (1998-03)
  • Founding Editor, Journal of Hydroinformatics, IWA (1998-04)
  • Elected Member, CIWEM Council (1997-03)
  • External Examiner, University of Liverpool (1996-00)
  • External Examiner, Queen`s University, Belfast (1995-99)
  • Chair, ICE Yorkshire Association (1995-96)
  • Member, EPSRC Peer Review College (1994-)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE (1994-01)
  • External Examiner, University of Ulster (1992-96)
  • Chair, CIWEM Tyne and Humber Branch (1991-92)
  • Advisory Professor, Dept. of Env. Eng., Tongji Uni., Shanghai, China (1987-)

Main Advisory and Professional Appointments

  • Director, Dragon River & Tidal Energy Ltd (2017-)
  • Professional Consultant, Natural Energy Wyre, Wyre Tidal Gateway Project (2017-)
  • Consultant, ITPEnergised for Hendry Review of Tidal Lagoons, UK Government (2016-17)
  • Member, Trustee Board, Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management (2016-)
  • Member, Regional Board & Expert Panel, Hafren Power (2012-14)
  • Member, Mersey Tidal Power - Design Advisory Group (2010-11)
  • Member, Global Water Security Pan, Report Govt. Chief Scientist (2009-10)
  • Member, Govt. Expert Panel for Severn Tidal Power Studies (2008-10)
  • Expert Witness, Public Inquiry on Preston Sewage Works, Southport (2007)
  • Member, National Resources Wales Flood Risk Management Com. (2006-)
  • Member, Grp. of Experts Singapore Land Reclamation Study (ITLOS) (2004)
  • Expert Witness, Inter. Tribunal Law of Sea, Malaysia v. Singapore (2003-05)
  • Consultant, Tianjin Municipal Government, China (1999-)
  • Member, Environment Agency Estuaries Advisory Committee (1998-08)
  • Advisor, Environment Agency Anglian Flow Forecast Model Sys. (1997-98)
  • Advisor, US Navy (Environment), Hydro-ecology of Mugu Lagoon (1995-96)
  • Expert Evaluator of Danish Hydraulic Institute, Danish Government (1995)
  • Advisor, BP Chemicals Ltd., Humber Estuary EIA Study (1993-94)
  • Advisor, Brit. Nuclear Fuels, Sellafield & Chapelcross EIA Studies (1993-94)
  • UN Expert on Mission, Central Water & Power Research Station, India (1993)
  • Advisor, Southern California Edison, Wetland Management Proj. (1992-93)
  • Advisor, China Nat. Env. Protection Agency, Shanghai Sewer Proj. (1987-92)
  • Expert Witness, Public Inquiry, Integrated Treatment Centre, Hull (1992)

Academic positions

  • 1997 - present: Professor of Water Management (Sponsored by Hyder - 1997 - 2000, and Halcrow/CH2M - 2000- 2015) and Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997 - 2015), School of Engineering, Cardiff University, UK
  • 1987 - 1997: Professor of Water Engineering and Director of the Environmental Hydraulics Research Centre, Head of Department (1993 - 97), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Bradford, UK
  • 1977 - 1986: Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK

Speaking engagements

  • 2017 ICE Editors Convention - London
  • 2016 Wales Green Party Future of Energy Conference - Cardiff
  • 2016 University of Ljubljana Memorial Day Keynote Lecture - Slovenia
  • 2016 University of Limerick, Limerick - Ireland
  • 2016 University Graduate College, Academic Careers in Science & Engineering - Cardiff
  • 2016 Tsinghua University, Dept. of Hydraulic Engineering - Beijing, China
  • 2016 The Tidal Range UK Summit, Tidal 2016 - Cardiff
  • 2016 Research Impact: Delivering Excellence, Open Forum Conference - Manchester
  • 2016 Nanjing Hydraulics Research Institute, Chinese Delegation to RAEng - London
  • 2016 Marine and Coastal Conference and Exhibition, Keynote - London
  • 2016 International Conference to Launch Journal of Ecohydraulics - Beijing, China
  • 2016 ICE Wales Energy Conference - Cardiff
  • 2016 Flooding Symposium Keynote, University of Ljubljana - Slovenia
  • 2016 CIWEM and NGS South Wales Branch - Cardiff
  • 2016 City Conversations, ‘Water Water Everywhere’, Happold Foundation - London
  • 2016 Cardiff University Water Research Institute - Cardiff
  • 2016 4th BHS International Conference, Keynote - Cranfield
  • 2015 World Engineers Summit Climate Change Keynote – Singapore
  • 2015 UN-Water for Life Conference, Invited Panelist - Zaragoza, Spain
  • 2015 NERC C2C Project Final Dissemination Workshops - London and Manchester
  • 2015 MAREN 2 Final Conference meeting - Cardiff
  • 2015 Lyell Geological Society Guest Lecture - Royal Holloway University, Egham
  • 2015 Killay Probus Club - Killay, Swansea
  • 2015 IWRA World Water Congress XV, Flood Risk Management Keynote - Edinburgh
  • 2015 Irish Seas - 2050 Future Scenarios Conference - Colwyn Bay
  • 2015 ICE Journals Convention “From Research to Practice” - London
  • 2015 ICE Dugald Clerk Lecture - London
  • 2015 IAHR High Level Forum on Water Security - Beijing, China
  • 2015 IAHR Beijing office Launch Ceremony - Beijing, China
  • 2015 IAHR 36th World Congress, Opening/Closing Ceremony - The Hague, Netherlands
  • 2015 EPSRC Water Informatics: Science and Engineering, CDT Summer School - Wareham
  • 2015 EPSRC SUPERGEN Marine Energy Doctoral Training Workshop - Cardiff
  • 2015 Association of Civil Engineering Departments Annual Meeting - London
  • 2015 Abergavenny University of the Third Age - Abergavenny
  • 2014 Worshipful Company of Contractors, Master’s Weekend - Cardiff
  • 2014 University of the Third Age Monmouth - Mitchel Troy
  • 2014 RSA and LSW Conference for the Region on Energy Opportunities - Cardiff
  • 2014 Royal Geographical Society South Branch - Winchester
  • 2014 Nuclear Institute Western Branch - Bristol
  • 2014 Mineral Products Association Wales Seminar and Awards - Cardiff
  • 2014 MAREN 2 Project Meeting Conference - Brest
  • 2014 LSW and Royal Geographical Society South West and Wales Branch - Cardiff
  • 2014 Low Carbon Research Institute Annual Conference - Cardiff
  • 2014 Institution of Engineers Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2014 ICE Welsh Branch Retired Members Club - Cardiff
  • 2014 IAHR YPN Launch and 15th Annual Colloquium, University Stuttgart - Germany
  • 2014 HPC Wales / Fujitsu / Met Office Symposium on Weather Modelling - Cardiff
  • 2014 Glyntaf Welsh Secondary School - Cardiff
  • 2014 Energy Institute South Western and South Wales - Cardiff
  • 2014 Delft University of Technology ‘Blue Current’ Student Symposium - Delft, Netherlands
  • 2014 Cowbridge Rotary Club - Cowbridge
  • 2014 Cowbridge Probus Club - Cowbridge
  • 2014 CEDEX Hydraulic Measurements and Data Analysis Symposium - Madrid, Spain
  • 2014 Arup Consulting Engineering, Global Lecture - Cardiff

Research theme: Energy and environment

At Cardiff, Roger's research has continued in the development, refinement and application of computer models for predicting flow, water quality and sediment transport processes in coastal, estuarine and inland waters.  He has developed three widely used computational hydro-environmental models, namely FASTER, DIVAST and TRIVAST for predicting 1D, 2D and 3D hydrodynamic, pollutant and sediment transport processes in aquatic basins. He has also developed CONTANK for predicting disinfection processes in water supply tanks.  These models have been acquired by consulting companies and government organisations, for application to over 100 hydro-environmental impact assessment studies worldwide, and by over 60 academic institutions in 18 countries for research studies. More recently he has worked with CH2M in developing ISIS-2D, a computer model used for predicting two-dimensional flood water elevations and inundation extent across floodplains. His more recent research activities have extended to marine renewable energy devices and structures and global water security. In particular, he has undertaken extensive work on the hydro-environmental impact of a barrage across the Severn Estuary.

Contracts

Title People Sponsor Value Title Student Status Degree
Compuational modelling of hydrodynamic processes in the nearfield STUBBS Alex Current PhD
Water quality modelling in estuaries ABU BAKAR Amyrhul Bin Current PhD
Integrated Modelling Studies Of Solute Transport In River Basin Systems OSEI-TWUMASI Anthony Graduate PhD
Numerical And Experimental Modelling Of Flow And Kinetic Processes In Serpentine Disinfection Tanks ANGELOUDIS Athanasios Graduate PhD
Model Development for River Restoration BOCKELMANN Bettina Nicole Graduate PhD
Integrated Modelling of Hydrodynamic Processes, Faecal Indicator Organisms And Related Parameters With Improved Accuracy Using Parallel (GPU) Computing BOYE Brian Graduate PhD
Wave-Induced Currents and Sediment Transport on Gravel and Mixed Beaches ANTONIADIS Christos Graduate PhD
A 2D Finite Volume for Groundwater Flow Simulations: Integrating Non-Orthogonal Grid Capacity into Midflow LOUDYI Dalila Graduate PhD
MODELLING HYDRODYNAMIC AND SHALLOW WATER PROCESSES OVER VEGETATED FLOODPLAINS WESTWATER David Christopher Graduate PhD
EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS IN WALES: RAINFALL MODELLING TO FLOOD INUNDATION MODELLING. KVOCKA Davor Current PhD
Development of an Integrated Hydro-environmental Model and its Application to Macro-tidal Estuary YUAN Dekui Graduate PhD
Environmental Hydroinformatics Tools for Water Quality Management. HARRIS Emma Lowri Graduate PhD
Modelling the Phosphorus Processes in Estuarine and Coastal Waters AL-ENEZI Eqbal Graduate PhD
Study Of The Hydrodynamic Processes Of Rivers And Floodplains With Obstructions TEO Fang Yenn Graduate PhD
Field and Laboratory Investigations of the Adsorption of Nitrogen Compounds on Estuarine Based Sediments. ABDULGAWAD Fathia Graduate PhD
Modelling the impacts of coastal defence structures on nearshore morphodynamics ALVAREZ MARTINEZ Fernando Current PhD
Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamic and Sediment-Bacteria Interaction Processes in Estuarine and Coastal Waters GAO Guanghai Graduate PhD
Development Of A Physics-based Morphodynamic Model And It's Application To Braided Rivers YANG Haiyan Graduate PhD
Analysis of Gravity Dams with Drainage Systems using Finite Element Method KAREEM Hayder Hatif Current PhD
Physical and Numerical Modelling Study of meandering in Fluval Rivers KUANG Hongwei Graduate PhD
Numerical and Laboratory Model Studies of Solute Transport in Groundwater/Riverine Flow Interactions MOHAMED BASHER Hoosein Graduate PhD
Physical and Numerical Modelling of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies, with {Articular Focus on Tidal Stream And Tidal Range Devices BRAMMER James Graduate PhD
Impacts of Climate Change and Human Activities on the UK Hydrological Cycle SHI Jie Thesis Submitted PhD
MODELLING FLOOD INUNDATION EXTENT, HAZARD MAPPING AND PATHPOGENS USING HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING. KING Jonathan Auryn Current PhD
Characterisation of wave energy resources SHUTTLEWORTH Joseph David Current PhD
HYDRODYNAMICS AND WATER QUALITY IN MANGROVE ESTUARIES: EXPERIMENTAL AND MODELLING STUDIES STRUVE Juliane Graduate PhD
Development of an Integrated Free Surface and Groundwater Flow Model. EBRAHIMI Kumars Graduate PhD
Development of Hydroinformatics Software Tool Enteric BacteriaTransport Modelling Associated With Sediment Transport YANG Lei Graduate PhD
A Fully Three-Dimensional Non-Hydrostatic Free Surface Flow Model for Hydra-Environmental Predictions. MONTAZERI NAMIN Masoud Graduate PhD
NEARFIELD PLUME MODELING USING LARGE EDDY SIMULATION CEVHERI Mehtap Current PhD
Data Driven Modelling for Environment Water Management SYED Mofazzal Haider Graduate PhD
Numerical Modelling of Wind-Induced Circulation in Lakes and Reservoirs KOCYIGIT Musteyde Graduate PhD
Modelling hydrodynamic, solute and sediment transport processes for marine renewable energy tidal range structures COZ Nejc Current PhD
Modelling of Water Quality and Sediment Transport in Aquatic Basins Using an Unstructured Grid System KOCYIGIT Onder Graduate PhD
LARGE EDDY SIMULATION OF TIDAL TURBINES OURO BARBA Pablo Current PhD
Floodplain Woodland Hydrodynamics XAVIER Patricia Anne Graduate PhD
Modelling The Hydrodynamic Drag Force Of Flexible Riparian Woodland WHITTAKER Peter Graduate PhD
Three Dimensional Modelling of Flow and Disinfection in Chlorine Contact Tanks AMINI Ramin Graduate PhD
Modelling Hydroynamic & Baceterial Processes through Linked River, Floodplain & Coastal System: with Particular Application to Marine Turbines, Breach AHMADIAN Reza Graduate PhD
Effect of Rigid Vegetation on the Velocity, Turbulence and Wave Structure in Open Channel Flows MORTAZAVY DORCHEH Saied Ahmad Graduate PhD
Multiscale Hydro-environmental Modelling of Marine Renewable Energy Devices, with Particular Application to the Severn Barrage BRAY Samuel Current PhD
Modellling of Hydrodynamic and Faecal Indicator Organism Processes in Swansea Bay BOMMINAYUNI Sandeep Kumar Graduate PhD
Fate and Behaviour of Heavy Metals in the Humber Estuary GUNAPALA Sasamukhi Rundhi Graduate PhD
Modelling Flow, Water Quality and Sediment Transport Processes in Riverine Basins KASHEFIPOUR DEZFULLY Seyed Mahmood Graduate PhD
Modelling of Flood Flows Through Hydraulic Structures And Interaction With Sediment FAGHIHIRAD Shervin Graduate PhD
Modelling of Flood Flows Through Hydraulic Structures And Interaction With Sediment FAGHIHIRAD Shervin Graduate PhD
EXPERIMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF AN INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE URBAN DRAINAGE SYSTEM ZBALA Talib Abed Current PhD
Development Of A Refined Linked 1-D/3-D Computational Fluid Dynamics Model Predicting the Faecal Indicator Organism Levels in River and Coastal Water TEDJAKUSUMA Teddy Thesis Submitted PhD
Integrated Surface Water - Groundwater Modelling Linking Surface Water and Groundwater using DivastSG SPARKS Timothy Daniel Graduate PhD
Physical Testing And Numerical Modelling Of A Novel Vertical Tidal Stream Turbine HARRIES Tom Graduate PhD
Integrated 2D-3D Free Surface Hydro-Environmental Modelling KAMALIAN Ulrich Reza Graduate PhD
Development of a Model for Predicting Wave-current Interactions and Sediment Transport Processes in Nearshore Coastal Water NAVERA Umme Kulsum Graduate PhD
Physical and Numerical Modelling Flow of 3D and Mixing Processes in Contact Tanks RAUEN William Bonino Graduate PhD
Development and Application of an Integrated Hydro-environmental Model for Predicting the Distribution of Nutrients in Estuaries and Coastal Waters WANG Xiaolin Graduate PhD
Hydro-Environmental Modelling Of The Arabian Gulf And Kuwait Bay AL OSAIRI Yousef Graduate PhD
Environmental Hydraulic Model Development for Sutainable River Restoration. ABD JALIL Yusri Current PhD