Dr Charles Rougé
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Lecturer in Water Resilience
+44 114 222 5723
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
Evermore sophisticated and complex models guide how our water infrastructure adapts to climate change. How can we be sure they are the best possible guides?
Dr Charles Rougé
Dr. Charles Rougé completed an engineering degree at France's Ecole Polytechnique near Paris, then his MSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) in 2010.
He studied his PhD at Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France), then moved into postdoctoral research positions at top institutions in Canada, the UK and the USA, working on diverse water projects ranging from resilience and vulnerability assessments in the Middle-East and the American West, to an appraisal of smart water metering in London.
Charles's research interests revolve around the modelling and analysis of complex water resource systems, to understand how they can be made resilient to change and hazards, and adapt to them.
In particular, his research increasingly tackles how water infrastructure design and operations might facilitate, or hinder, the transition to a low carbon economy.
- Research interests
The objective of Charles’s research is help both public and private actors in our water systems make wise decisions when adapting to a changing world.
His numerical modelling and analysis of systems allows for longer-term forecasting and a broader vision of where these systems might fail and how we can work to prevent this.
For this, natural systems must be factored alongside essential components of human systems (e.g. infrastructure, institutions, socio-economic aspects, etc.), with several complex models often brought together.
Furthermore, these models have often been calibrated one by one to replicate historical behaviours. How can we make sure they can be used together to assess risks in the context of climate change?
To address this, Charles relies on his expertise crossing disciplinary boundaries, bridging water engineering and hydrology with power systems engineering, economics, decision theory, statistics and large-scale computing.
He believes that transdisciplinary research and collaboration will be the key to solving the most pressing water challenges our societies face.
- Coordination and control – limits in standard representations of multi-reservoir operations in hydrological modeling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 25(3), 1365-1388. View this article in WRRO
- Quantifying the performance of dual-use rainwater harvesting systems. Water Research X, 10. View this article in WRRO
- Response of residential water demand to dynamic pricing: Evidence from an online experiment. Water Resources and Economics, 32. View this article in WRRO
- What do economic water storage valuations reveal about optimal vs. historical water management?. Water Resources and Economics, 32. View this article in WRRO
- Estimating the Economic Value of Interannual Reservoir Storage in Water Resource Systems. Water Resources Research, 54(11), 8890-8908. View this article in WRRO
- Identifying key water resource vulnerabilities in data‐scarce transboundary river basins. Water Resources Research, 54(8), 5264-5281. View this article in WRRO
- Assessment of smart-meter-enabled dynamic pricing at utility and river basin scale. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 144(5). View this article in WRRO
- Design and assessment of an efficient and equitable dynamic urban water tariff. Application to the city of Valencia, Spain. Environmental Modelling & Software, 101, 137-145. View this article in WRRO
- Determinants of the price response to residential water tariffs : meta-analysis and beyond. Environmental Modelling & Software, 101, 236-248. View this article in WRRO
- Using stochastic dual dynamic programming in problems with multiple near-optimal solutions. Water Resources Research, 52(5), 4151-4163. View this article in WRRO
- Vulnerability: From the conceptual to the operational using a dynamical system perspective. Environmental Modelling & Software, 73, 218-230.
- Crossing-scale hydrological impacts of urbanization and climate variability in the Greater Chicago Area. Journal of Hydrology, 517, 13-27.
- Relevance of control theory to design and maintenance problems in time-variant reliability: The case of stochastic viability. Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 132, 250-260.
- Detecting gradual and abrupt changes in hydrological records. Advances in Water Resources, 53, 33-44.
- Extending the viability theory framework of resilience to uncertain dynamics, and application to lake eutrophication. Ecological Indicators, 29, 420-433.
- Data and models for exploring sustainability of human well-being in global environmental change. The European Physical Journal Special Topics, 214(1), 519-545.
- Research group
Catchments and River Engineering
- Professional activities and memberships
- 2019 Quentin Martin Best Practice Oriented Paper Award from the Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (paper here ).
- 2015 Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing from Water Resources Research
- Associate Editor, ICE’s Water Management journal
- Reviewer for top-tier journal over the last five years, including Scientific Reports, Water Resources Research, Environmental Modelling and Software, Advances in Water Resources and several others.
- Co-chaired sessions at workshops and international conferences (AGU, EGU, iEMSs).
- Potential PhD offerings
Integrating climate risk to reservoir water quality into water infrastructure planning
This research will advance water infrastructure planning models and techniques by tackling an emerging threat to water supply: harmful algal blooms in strategic water supply reservoirs. They make water treatment difficult or even impossible, and prevent recreational use of the water.
Forecast Assimilation For Resilient Water Resource Planning And Operations
This is an ideal project for a resourceful and driven individual. The successful candidate will develop and perfect first-rate analytical, computational and communication skills that will enable them to choose their subsequent career path, whether in academia or industry.
Socio-hydrology For Engineering Water Adaptation In A Changing World
This project aims at addressing the challenges in translating theoretical insights from socio-hydrology into engineering practice: how can they help us design more resilient and sustainable water systems?
Flood And Drought Assessment In A Human-dominated Water Cycle
This project will use and link together existing models to propose a diagnostic framework for the coupling of a weather generator with a coupled human and natural hydrological model, that integrates both natural processes and water management aspects (water use, storage, transfers, etc.).
Benefits Of Cooperation In Transboundary River Basins
This project will look at developing methods to evaluate the benefits of cooperation for the use of water resources in transboundary river basins, i.e., basins where water is shared between several countries.