February 26, 2013
Howard Wheater is the Canadian Excellence Research Chair in Water Security, and Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Wheater also holds appointments as Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Hydrology at Imperial College, London, where he was formerly head of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering and Director of the Imperial College Environment Forum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K., and the American Geophysical Union. His research interests include surface and groundwater hydrology and water quality; applications include research into climate change, land management effects on flood risk and nutrient transport in groundwater-dominated catchments.
Dr. Wheater has received a number of international awards for his work, including the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles. Dr. Wheater serves as the vice-chair of the World Climate Research Program’s Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX) scientific steering group and leads the UNESCO’s arid zone water resources program. He has conducted research around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Far East and Africa, as well as North America.
Dr. Wheater received BA and MA degrees from the University of Cambridge, and his PhD from the University of Bristol.