Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    distinction, Newcastle University, UK; BA Geography

  • 1996
    Cambridge University, 1st class; Philip Lake Prize

  • 1997
    MSc Water Resource Systems Engineering

  • 2000
    PhD. Civil Engineering

  • 2001
    Research Associate, Newcastle University

  • 2003
    Senior Research Associate, Newcastle University

  • 2006
    NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, CEG, Newcastle University

  • 2008
    Reader of Climate Change Impacts, CEG, Newcastle University

  • Since 2012
    Professor of Climate Change Impacts, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG), Newcastle University

  • (maternity leave: 05/09-05/10 and 05/11-04/12; worked 70% FTE since 05/10)

Selected publications

  • Hegerl, G.C, Black, E., Allan, R.P., Ingram, W.J., Polson, D., Trenberth, K.E., Chadwick, R.S., Arkin, P., Sarojshini, B.B., Becker, A., Dai, A., Durack, P.J., Easterling, D., Fowler, H.J., Kendon, E.J., Huffman, G.J., Liu, C., Marsh, R., New, M., Osborn, T.J., Skliris, N., Stott, P.A., Vidale, P.L., Wijffels, S.E., Wilcox, L.J., Willett, K.M., Zhang, X.: Challenges in quantifying changes in the global water cycle. Bulletin of the American Met. Soc., e-View doi:

  • Archer, D.R. and Fowler, H.J. Characterising flash flood response to intense rainfall and impacts using historical information and gauged data in Britain. Journal of Flood Risk Management, in press, DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12187.

  • Pepin, N., Bradley, N.S., Diaz, H.F., Baraer, M., Caceres, E.B., Forsythe, N., Fowler, H.J., Greenwood, G., Hashmi, M.Z., Liu, X.D., Miller, J., Ning, L., Ohmura, A., Palazzi, E., Rangwala, I., Schoener, W., Severskiy, I., Shahgedanova, M., Wang, M.B., Williamson S.N., and Yang, D.Q. 2015. Elevation-Dependent Warming in Mountain Regions of the World. Nature Climate Change, 5, 424–430, doi:10.1038/nclimate2563.

  • Blenkinsop S, Chan S, Kendon EJ, Roberts NM, Fowler HJ 2015. Temperature influences on intense UK hourly precipitation and dependency on large-scale circulation. Environmental Research Letters, 10, 054021.

  • Westra S, Fowler HJ et al. 2014. Future changes to the intensity and frequency of short-duration extreme rainfall. Reviews of Geophysics, 52(3), 522–555 DOI: 10.1002/2014RG000464.

  • Kendon EJ, Roberts NM, Fowler HJ, et al. 2014. Heavier summer downpours with climate change revealed by weather forecast resolution model. Nature Climate Change, 4, 570-576.

  • Chan SC, Kendon EJ, Fowler HJ, et al. (2013) Does increasing the spatial resolution of a regional climate model improve the simulated daily precipitation? Climate Dynamics. 41, 1475-1495.

  • Jones MR, Fowler HJ, Kilsby CG, Blenkinsop S. (2013) An assessment of changes in seasonal and annual extreme rainfall in the UK between 1961 and 2009. Int. J. Climatol., 33(5), 1178–1194.

  • Blenkinsop S, Zhao Y, Quinn J, Berryman F, Thornes J, Baker C, Fowler HJ 2012: Downscaling future wind hazard for SE London using the UKCP09 regional climate model ensemble. Climate Research, 53, 141-156, doi: 10.3354/cr01091.

  • Fowler HJ, Ekström M (2009) Multi-model ensemble estimates of climate change impacts on UK seasonal precipitation extremes. International Journal of Climatology, 29(3), 385-416.

Selected projects

  • 2014 – 2015 FOWLER: INTENSE: INTElligent use of climate models for adaptatioN to non- Stationary hydrological Extremes. ERC Consolidator Grant

  • 2013 – 2017 CLOKE et al.: SINATRA: Susceptibility of catchments to INTense RAinfall and flooding, NERC Flooding from Intense Rainfall, FOWLER PI at Newcastle

  • 2012 – 2014 FOWLER: Philip Leverhulme Prize

  • 2011 – 2014 FOWLER et al.: CONVEX: Using Observational Evidence and Process Understanding to Improve Predictions of Extreme Rainfall Change.

  • 2011 – 2014 VAN OSS et al.: ECLISE: Enabling CLimate Information Services for Europe. FOWLER PI at Newcastle

  • 2008 – 2013 HALL et al.: Earth systems engineering: sustainable systems engineering for adapting to global change. EPSRC Platform Grant (FOWLER Co-I)

  • 2008 – 2011 FOWLER et al. SWERVE: Severe Weather Events Risk and Vulnerability Estimator. Part of the EPSRC Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Programme

  • 2007 – 2010 KILSBY et al.: UKCP09 Weather Generator. DEFRA. FOWLER Co-I

  • 2007 – 2010 KILSBY et al.: FRACAS a next generation national Flood Risk Assessment under climate ChAnge Scenarios. (NERC FREE programme) FOWLER Co-I

  • 2006 – 2010 FOWLER: Is flood risk increasing? NERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

  • 2004 – 2009 GRATHWOHL et al.: AquaTerra “Integrated modelling of the river-sediment-soil-groundwater system; advanced tools for the management of catchment areas and river basins in the context of global change”. FP6 IP; FOWLER PI at Newcastle and led HYDRO sub-project

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Since 2014 Core Panel C member

  • 2014 ASP Colloquium, NCAR

  • 2012 IMAGe Theme of the Year, NCAR

  • Since 2010 NERC Peer Review College

  • 2006 – 2008 BHS Honorary Secretary

  • 2004 – 2006 British Hydrological Society (BHS) Committee

  • lead GEWEX Hydroclimate Panel sub-daily precipitation cross-cut project


  • Since 2014 Academic Editor of PLOS ONE

  • Since 2013 Associate Editor of Frontiers in Interdisciplinary Climate Studies

  • Since 2013 International Advisory Board of WIRES Water

  • reviewer NSF, CFCAS, NERC, EPSRC, Irish EPA, IPCC AR4 (WGI and WGII) > 30 journals

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Engaged with the public on climate change through many lectures and fora (e.g., Café Scientifique, NE Climate Change Conference, British Science Festival, etc.)

  • Frequent interviews by media (including BBC, National Geographic Magazine, national newspapers, radio, etc.)

  • 2013 Ran schools event (14-16y) on Extreme Flooding at British Science Festival

  • 2013 Blue Line around campus in BSF

  • 2013 Part of film on crowd-sourcing technology to advertise BSF

  • 2013 Developed cartoon explaining extreme rainfall as part of magazine for BSF

  • 2013 I delivered a “Meet the Scientist” session at the Discovery Museum.

  • 2012 – 2013 British Science Association Joseph Lister Award Lecture

  • 2004 CRUCIBLE Fellowship

  • 2004 – 2005 Royal Society MP-Scientist Pairing Scheme

  • 2003 won LWEC short-film competition to make “Flood Force” with Northumbrian Water

Other activities and achievements/family

  • 2 children, Evan (6) and Calum (4)

  • Enjoy hiking, climbing and travelling


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