Water Environment


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Geoffrey T. Parker

Dr. Geoffrey T. Parker

gtp23  (@cam.ac.uk)

+44 (0) 1223 968999 | tel

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Geoffrey Parker was appointed in the Department of Engineering in 2009. He founded and has spearheaded the Water Environment Team at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED). He is a By-Fellow of Churchill College and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He was appointed as the inaugural Sharjah Fellow, in the field of Water Resources. He was asked to remain at CUED beyond his initial appointment and has been a permanent member of the Department since July 2014.

Research interests are diverse, and include especially novel approaches to uncertainty management in coupled model systems. Water resource and infrastructure systems are excellent, universal, exemplar problems which badly need better tools. Other examples are highly coupled (e.g. economic/social/environmental, land/water/energy) systems.

Previous academic experience includes several terms visiting as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. He also has previously been a Lecturer at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Industrial experience includes over a decade of work as a consultant to international private sector and government clients on issues including risk and resilience management practices, contaminant transport and treatment, and process efficiency design. Before launching his own firm, he worked for 'International Safety Research', a leader in the field of risk, safety and emergency management. He is also the lead developer/contributor to several internationally-used software packages.

He has extensive international project management and research experience, especially in North American, European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and African contexts.

He is a citizen of Canada and the UK. He has been a long-term (>5 yrs) resident of Canada, the UK, France.

Recent Projects/Themes

Award-winning work on tracking how tritium (a radioactive isotope of hydrogen) and tritiated water migrates and persists through the water cycle, including in atmospheric, soil and biomass compartments. (nuclear release, Fukushima, accident, radioisotope, isotope, environment)
Discussions and engagement with the general public about the water-energy nexus, especially as pertains to hydraulic fracturing for recovery of shale gas. (fracking)
Work stressing challenges in the interpretation and use of data pertaining to climate and hydrology in the Indus Basin.(climate change, climate models)
The development of new design tools to increase the efficacy of treatment and disposal schemes for saline wastewaters.
Research demonstrating how uncertainties stemming from model structure have a larger effect on model results and calibration than parameter uncertainties (i.e. those addressed by traditional sensitivity analysis) in many environmental model applications and what can be done about it.

Recent Teaching

  • 3rd year CVE341 Hydraulics and Water Resources (AUS)
  • 3rd year CVE345 Environmental Engineering (AUS)
  • Post graduate E45 Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development

Recent Publications

Some of my publications are listed here on the CUED DB.