Congratulations to Associate Professor Fiona Johnson

Associate Professor Fiona JohnsonUNSW Civil & Environmental Engineering is delighted to announce that Dr Fiona Johnson has been promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr Fiona Johnson, civil engineer, hydro-climatologist and humanitarian, is based in the School’s Water Research Centre. She has over 15 years' experience in water resources and civil engineering working as a consultant, for government and in academia. Her research focuses on understanding the science of rainfall extremes, how rainfall and hydrology will change in the future and how these impacts can be mitigated through improved engineering for Australia and communities in the developing world. Her passion has always been to translate scientific knowledge into practical outcomes.

Dr Johnson’s teaching areas are hydrology and humanitarian engineering. She has been one of the key drivers of the humanitarian engineering stream offered within the UNSW Faculty of Engineering,.

Fiona was appointed as a UNSW Scientia Fellow in 2019. Fiona’s specific research interests are in statistical hydrology and modelling. She is particularly interested in climate change impacts on water resources systems and the resulting implications for engineering design - and developing methods to evaluate and correct the simulations from climate models, to improve their representation of statistics so important for engineering design. Fiona is also interested in the analysis of extreme rainfall events and understanding the types of future changes that may lead to changes in flood risk.

Associate Professor Johnson is currently leading ARC research projects with the NSW Department of Primary Industries on future drought assessment as well as the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on the hydrology of Thirlmere Lakes. She is part of the team who were recently awarded an ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) which will train the next generation of engineers and data scientists in methods to solve natural resource management problems for industry.

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