Mark Thyer

Dr Mark Thyer

Associate Professor

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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


Mark Thyer is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Adelaide. He has over 17 years research experience in developing physical-statistical models to enhance predictions for hydrological, environmental and water resource models.

His research interests include flood/drought risk assessment; long-term climate variability, quantifying predictive uncertainty in hydrological models and behavourial water use modelling for integrated urban water management. He is an internationally recognised expert on use approaches to quantify of uncertainty in hydrological predictions. He has published numerous journal papers in top international water resources which are highly cited and is co-investigator on research grants worth over $5 million.

Mark has undertaken consultancy projects for many water supply authorities and regularly collaborates with local, national and international institutions, such as CSIRO and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the South Australian Goyder Institute for Water Research.

Research Interests

Developing innovative physical-statistical approaches to enhance predictions for water modelling in three focus areas:

Climate variability and rainfall/streamflow simulation for flood/drought risk assessment
  • Incorporating climate processes into stochastic models to enhance drought risk assessment.
  • Bayesian approaches to assess predictive uncertainty
  • Incorporating spatial-temporal rainfall variability to enhance flood risk assessment
Streamflow simulation using hydrological models
  • Improving probabilistic predictions of streamflow simulation for catchment models 
  • Using innovate diagnostics/auxiliary data to evaluate hydrological models
Behavioural water use simulation for Integrated Urban Water Management
  • Development of approaches for modelling household water use that capture the temporal and spatial behavioural dynamics.
Career Highlights
  • Over 17 years research experience in developing physical-statistical models to enhance predictions for hydrological/environmental/water resources models
  • Internationally recognised expert on use of Bayesian approaches to quantify impact of uncertainty (input/parameter/data) in stochastic hydrological models
  • 30 journal papers in the top international water resources journals (Water Resources Research and Journal of Hydrology)
  • Co-Investigator on Research Grants worth over $5 million dollars
  • Undertaken consultancy projects on stochastic modelling and drought risk assessment for Hunter Water Corporation, Gosford-Wyong Water Supply Authority, Sydney Catchment Authority, and Wimmera Mallee Pipeline Project
  • Associate Editor for Australian Journal of Water Resources.
  • Regularly review ARC grant applications and journal papers for top international journals
  • Invited by CRC for Catchment Hydrology to contribute models to the stochastic climate library of the catchment modelling toolkit
  • Research leader for eWater CRC project on development of behavioural end-use stochastic simulator (BESS) for household water use simulation, incorporated into eWater’s Urban Developer tool. 
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Associate Professor University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2015 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2009 - 2009 Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle
    2004 - 2008 Lecturer University of Newcastle
    2003 - 2004 Water Resource Engineer Tonkin Consulting
    2001 - 2002 Postdoctoral Researcher University of British Columbia
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award Ministers Award for Excellence in Water Sustainability for "SA Climate Ready Project" South Australian Water Industry Alliance Australia
    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 Research Spotlight Award from American Geophysical Union (top 5% of Papers in AGU) for Evin 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
    2007 Research Award Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence University of Newcastle Australia
    1999 Award Best Student Presentation Award Water 99 Joint Congress Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2004 - 2006 University of Newcastle Australia Australia Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
    2001 University of Newcastle Australia Australia PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
    1993 - 1996 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor Degree (1st Class Honours) in Civil Engineering
  • Research Interests

Research Funding

Year Project Co-Investigators
Funding Body
Amount
2015-2017 A Robust Integrated Streamflow Forecasting Framework for Australian Water Information Agencies Kavetski, Thyer, Kuczera, Tuteja, Shin, Seed, Lerat, Tibaldi, Clark, Wood

ARC LinkageBureau of MeteorologySEQ WaterNCAR(US) 

$270k
2014 Evaluation of Postprocessing Techniques for Rainfall and Streamflow Forecasts Thyer, Kavetski, Kuczera, McInerney Bureau of Meteorology $125k
2012-2014 Optimal Water Resource Mix for Metropolitan Adelaide Thyer, Lambert, Dandy, Maier

Goyder Institute for Water ResearchSA Water

$384k
2011-2014 Development of an agreed set of climate projects for South Australia Thyer, Lambert, Green Goyder Institute for Water Research $505k
2010-2012 Inferring hydrologic model structure using Bayesian Total Error Analysis Kavetski, Kuczera, Thyer, Franks ARC Discovery $240k
2010-2011 UoA eWater Project Dandy, Maier, Thyer eWater CRC $254k
2010-2013 An integrated modelling approach for the efficient management of irrigated landscapes Thyer, Kavetski, Kuczera, Franks, Selle, Githui, Thayalakumaran ARC LinkageDEPI(Vic) $185k
2010-2012 Adapting Bayesian Total Error Analysis to River Systems Modelling Kuczera, Thyer, Kavetski CSIRO - Land and Water $200k
2010-2011 Supply of Bayesian Total Error Analysis Kuczera, Thyer, Kavetski Bureau of Meteorology $185k
2010-2012 A new flood design methodology for a variable and changing climate Lambert, Kuczera, Thyer, Metcalfe ARC Discovery $325k
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 International Science Linkages $20k
2008-2010 Urban Water Systems Project Kuczera, Thyer, Rodriguez, Kavetski eWater CRC $1,124k
2007-2009 A stochastic space-time model of rainfall fields in large heterogeneous regions Lambert, Metcalfe, Kuczera, Thyer ARC Discovery $345k
2007-2009 Efficient and Robust Prediction at Ungauged Catchments Kuczera, Thyer, Franks ARC Discovery $180k
2006-2007 Innovative WSUD intervention strategies Coombes, Thyer, Kuczera, Rodriguez eWater CRC $321k
2006-2007 Total error framework for model calibration Kuczera, Thyer, Coombes eWater CRC $562k
2006-2009 A Bayesian Hierarchical Approach for Simulating Multi-time scale Hydrological Variability for Water Resources Planning Thyer, Kuczera, Franks, Lambert, Metcalfe and Berghout. ARC LinkageHunter Water Corporation $117k
                         Total $5,336k
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83130770
  • Email: mark.thyer@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 1
  • Room: 1 07a
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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