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Prof. Gareth Pender


Head of School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

University Executive

Phone: +44 (0) 131 451 3312
  • Room 1.22 / Room 1.16
    Edwin Chadwick Building / Enterprise Oil Building
    Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
    Heriot-Watt University
    EH14 4AS
    United Kingdom
Gareth Pender

Research profile

  • Development and testing of computer models to predict flood inundation extent
  • Development and testing of computer models to predict sediment transport and morphological change
  • Experimental studies of threshold conditions of sediment transport.
Selected publications
  1. Wang, X., Cao, Z., Pender, G., Tan, G. (2011). “Modelling of urban flooding due to Yangtze River dike break.” Water Management, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 164(WM1), 1-12.
  2. Cao, Z., Hu, P., Pender, G., (2010). “Reconciled bedload sediment transport rates in ephemeral and perennial rivers”, Earth Surf. Process. Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/esp.2005.
  3. Cao, Z., Wang, X., Pender, G., Zhang, S. (2010). “Hydrodynamic modelling in support of flash flood warning.” Water Management, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 163(WM7), 327-340.
  4. Wang, X., Cao, Z., Pender, G., Neelz, S. (2010). “Numerical modelling of flood flows over irregular topography.” Water Management, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers UK, 163(WM5), 255-265.
  5. Shvidchenko, A. B., Pender, G (2008). “Computer modelling of graded sediments in rivers”, Proc. Instn. Civ. Engrs, Water Management, Oct, 289 – 297.
  6. Haynes, H., Haynes, R., Pender, G (2008). “Integrating socio-economic analysis into decision-support methodology for flood risk management at the development scale (Scotland)”, Water and Environment Journal, 22, 117-124.
  7. Wright, N.G., Villanueva, I., Pender, G; Liang, D; Falconer, RA; Lin, B; Hunter, NM; Bates, PD; Neelz, SP (2008). “Case study of the use of remotely sensed data for modelling flood inundation on the River Severn, UK”, J. of Hyd. Eng. ASCE, May, pp 533-540.
  8. Hunter, N.M., Bates, P.D., Neelz, S.P., Pender, G., Villanueva, I; Wright, NG; Liang, D; Falconer, RA; Lin, B; Waller, S; Crossley, AJ; Mason, DC (2008). “Benchmarking 2D hydraulic models for urban flooding”, Proc. Instn Civ. Engrs, Water Management, Feb, WM1, pp 13 – 30.

Gareth Pender is Head of School and Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of the Built Environment. He is a civil engineering graduate of Strathclyde University, Glasgow and upon graduation in 1984 took up a post as design engineer with Couch and Hogg Consulting Civil Engineers working on a variety of civil engineering projects. In 1989, he joined Glasgow University, as a Lecturer, in the Department of Civil Engineering. In 2000, he moved to the Chair in Environmental Engineering at Heriot Watt University, and was appointed Head of School of the Built Environment in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

His research and consultancy interests are in fluvial flooding and sediment transport. He has held grants in experimental sediment transport on the EPSRC’s Flood Channels Programme and computer modelling grants on its Coastal Estuary and Waterways managed programme. His most recent award is as Principal Investigator on a £8.5m flood risk management research consortium, funded jointly by EPSRC, NERC, DEFRA, EA, Scottish Government, UKWIR and the Rivers Agency (NI). The consortium is an academic industrial partnership to undertake research to improve flood risk management practice worldwide.

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