Dmitri Kavetski

Professor Dmitri Kavetski


School of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

One of the main contributions of Dmitri's research work has been the development of Bayesian Total Error Analysis (BATEA) - a comprehensive framework for parameter estimation and probabilistic prediction accounting for data and model uncertainties. BATEA has been used in research and practice, including in the operational seasonal forecasting system of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. Additional applications have taken place in river system modelling, irrigation modelling and other areas of environmental engineering.

Dmitri's broader interests include mathematical modelling of surface and subsurface hydrological systems, development of numerically robust rainfall-runoff models, and more generally the design of robust and computationally efficient numerical algorithms for environmental model implementation, calibration and prediction.

Dmitri's international collaborations include the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), CEMAGREF (Paris and Lyon, France), US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Environmental Hydraulics Institute of Cantabria (Santander, Spain), and other institutions worldwide.

Research Interests

Bayesian inference and prediction in hydrology and environmental modelling. Development of novel Bayesian and Monte Carlo techniques for parameter estimation, uncertainty analysis and predictive applications. Areas of application focus on hydrological models and river system models.

Modelling in hydrology and environmental engineering. Selection of governing equations and process representations in hydrological and snow models, including scientifically defensible hypothesis testing. Model development, optimisation and testing.

Applied numerical and statistical analysis in environmental engineering. Design and implementation of accurate, robust and computationally efficient numerical algorithms and software. Solution of nonlinear differential equations, numerical integration, nonlinear optimisation problems, and others. Areas of application have included Richards equation for groundwater simulations, rainfall-runoff models, CO2 geosequestration models, and others.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2012 - ongoing Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2012 Senior Research Fellow University of Newcastle Australia
    2007 - 2010 Research Fellow University of Newcastle Australia
    2004 - 2007 Postdoctoral Research Princeton University
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2016 Award Outstanding Publication in Hydrological Modeling US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) United States -
    2014 Award Research Spotlight Award from American Geophysical Union (top 5% of papers in AGU) for Westra et al (2014) American Geophysical Union United States -
    2014 Award Editors Highlight Award from Water Resources Research (top 5% of papers in WRR) for Evin et al (2014) Water Resources Research United States -
    2012 Award South Australia Young Tall Poppy Science Award Australian Institute of Policy and Science Australia -
    2011 Award Editors’ Choice Award in Water Resources Research American Geophysical Union United States -
    2011 Award Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research American Geophysical Union United States -
    2011 Award 2011 Researcher of the Year Award Australia -
    2011 Award Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence University of Newcastle Australia -
    2010 Award Pro Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment University of Newcastle Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2006 University of Newcastle Australia Australia Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Environmental)
    2000 University of Newcastle Australia Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)

Research Funding

Year Project Chief Investigators Funding Body Amount
2019-2021 Delivering robust hydrological predictions for Australia’s water resource challenges Thyer, Kavetski, Maier, Westra, Simmons, Jakeman, Croke, Gupta

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project

2018-2020 Subseasonal streamflow forecasting Thyer and Kavetski Australian Bureau of Meteorology $426k
2014-2017 A robust integrated streamflow forecasting framework for Australian water information and management agencies Kavetski, Thyer, Kuczera, Tuteja, Shin, Seed, Lerat, Tibaldi, Clark, Wood Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project $270k
2011-2013 The development of IWWS operating rules project Kuczera, Kavetski Water Corporation of Western Australia (WCWA) $468k
2011-2013 Robust optimization of urban drought security for an uncertain climate Kuczera, Kavetski, Kiem

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Australia

2010-2012 Robust streamflow prediction by improving the identification of hydrological model structure Kavetski, Kuczera, Thyer, Franks

Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project

2010-2013 An integrated modelling approach for the efficient management of irrigated landscapes Kuczera, Kavetski, Thyer, Franks, Selle, Githui, Thayalakumaran

Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project

2010-2012 Adapting Bayesian Total Error Analysis to river systems modelling Kuczera, Thyer, Kavetski

CSIRO, Flagship Project

2010-2011 Supply of Bayesian Total Error Analysis Kuczera, Thyer, Kavetski Australian Bureau of Meteorology $125k
2010-2011 Improving flood forecasting via robust handling of data and model uncertainties in hydrologic predictions Thyer, Kavetski, Kuczera, Franks, Renard, Andreassian, Perrin, Lang, Sauquet

Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR)

2008-2010 Urban water systems project Kuczera, Thyer, Rodriguez, Kavetski

eWater CRC, Core project

2007-2011 Research Fellowship grant Kavetski University of Newcastle, Australia $491k


  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2023 Principal Supervisor A Unified Calibration Framework of Statistical Weather Generators for Climate Risk Assessment Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ling-Wan You
    2019 Co-Supervisor Improving the value of subseasonal streamflow forecasts for water resource management decisions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Richard Mark Laugesen
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83131710
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  • Fax: 83134359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Org Unit: Environmental Engineering

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