Michael Leonard

Dr Michael Leonard

Lecturer

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.


I have experience in many areas of water engineering: hydrologic modelling, hydraulic modelling, flooding, water security and multivariate extremes.

Research Interests

I am interested in application of numerical and statistical modelling to environmental engineering problems. Many applications require an understanding of the risk of hazardous impacts, for example flooding from complex man-made or natural systems. My background is in stochastic modelling of rainfall fields at subdaily timescales, and I am keen to develop methods for improved assessment of flood risk.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Education Specialist University of Adelaide
    2015 Scholarly Teaching Fellow University of Adelaide
    2007 - 2015 Research Associate / Lecturer University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award GN Alexander Medal Engineers Australia 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
    2009 Research Award Best presentation by a student or recent graduate Australian Mathematical Society Australia
    2008 Research Award Best presentation by a student or recent graduate Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium Australia
    2006 Research Award Postgraduate Research Award, AWA AWA Australia
    2002 Research Award CAMWE prize for best honours Civil & Environmental project thesis University of Adelaide Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Diploma in Education
    2003 - 2010 University of Adelaide Australia PhD in Civil Engineering (Hydrology)
    1999 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Hons 1)
  • Research Interests

Competitive Research Funding

Date Project/No. Investigators Funding Body Amount
2015-2017 A unified approach for estimating coastal flood risk Westra, S. & Leonard, M. ARC Linkage AUD $156,905

Consultancies

Date Project Title Client Agency
2014

Joint Probability Analysis of Rainfall events and tidal levels at Fremantle

WA WaterCorp

2012

Brisbane River Dams Operations and Alternatives Study, Workshop 1

SEQ Water

2012

2-week, Geostatistics teaching intensive to Iraqi delegates

AusAID

2011

Expert Witness, Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry

Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry

2009

Step Change Analysis of Rainfall in Southern Australia

Dept. Water, Land & Biodiversity Conservation, SA Gov.

Teaching Activities 

Courses Developed

Date Course Title Institution Class Size Course Level/ Code URL

2007-2009;
2013-2018

Engineering Modelling & Analysis IA

University of Adelaide

200-250

First Year

C&ENVENG 1012

2010-2016

Computing for Geostatistics

University of Adelaide

<10

Masters

C&ENVENG 7063

Courses Taught

Date Course Title Institution Class Size Course Level/ Code URL

2018-ongoing

Water Engineering IIA

University of Adelaide

180

Second Year

C&ENVENG 2071

2015-ongoing

Final Year Research Project (Coordination)

University of Adelaide

~200

Fourth Year

C&ENVENG 4222

2014-ongoing

Engineering Management IV

University of Adelaide

200-250

Fourth Year

C&ENVENG 4034

2010-ongoing

Introduction to Geostatistics

University of Adelaide

50-100

Fourth Year / Masters

C&ENVENG 7043

2004, 2008

Water Engineering III B

University of Adelaide

100-150

Third Year

C&ENVENG 3079

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

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Multivariate Spatial Modelling of Geometallurgical Variables Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Emmanuel Addo Junior
    2017 Principal Supervisor Flash flooding in urban environments Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yunze Wang
    2016 Principal Supervisor Low-Flow Modelling of Water Resources for Environmental Benefit Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Alicja Natalia Makarewicz
    2015 Co-Supervisor Flood Risk Estimations in the Context of Climate Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hong Do
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Stochastic Spatial Rainfall Modelling for Hydrological Design: Development of a Parsimonious Simulation Approach and Virtual Hydrological Evaluation Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Bree Sarah Bennett
    2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor A new flood estimation paradigm for the design of civil infrastructure systems Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Phuong Dong Le
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Using digital imagery and cheap sensors to estimate water levels University of Adelaide Master Duy Vuu, Aidian Lin, Yingwen Xu
    2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Evaluation of the Aqualibrium network with estimation of minor losses University of Adelaide Honours Wenfeng Liu
    2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Exploiting spatial correlation in the estimation of conceptual hydrological models University of Adelaide Honours Samuel Hack, Paul Hawkins, Lachlan Cotton, Ben Mullin
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Estimating the intermittency of flow in semi-arid catchments using cheap sensors University of Adelaide Honours Marco du Bruyn, Matthew Bell, Renae Hawke, Daniel Woods
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Assessing the performance of conceptual models at multiple sites within a region and for contrasting time periods University of Adelaide Master Hao Yuan, Thi Hai Duong Ninh, Yunjie Li
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Investigating numerical artefacts of differential solvers for hydrological models University of Adelaide Honours Athena Jiang
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Optimal placement of sensors for calibration of unknown pipe network parameters University of Adelaide Honours Jason Hunter
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Groundwater and surface-water modelling in semi-arid regions University of Adelaide Honours Xinyi Mao, Yufeng Zhou, Yayao Wang
    2016 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Joint probability in estuarine regions: uncertainty and climate change estimation University of Adelaide Honours Dominic McDevitt, Samuel Sexton, Ciaran Hoare, Stefan O'Toole
    2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Quantifying the residual capacity of reinforced concrete members with corroded reinforcement University of Adelaide Honours Athan Varvaris, Scott Parkinson, Domenico Zerella, Nestor Sequera
    2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor A unified approach for estimating coastal flood risk University of Adelaide Postdoctorate Wu W
    2015 - 2015 Principal Supervisor Salinity modelling of Lake Hawdon Catchment using MIKE-SHE University of Adelaide Honours Alicja Makarewicz, Christian Bell, Liupengfei Wu, Zhihao Jiang
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Estimating low flows in semi-arid regions University of Adelaide Honours Timothy Rowland, Declan Warda, Andrew Clarkson, Hayley Whitington
    2015 - 2015 Co-Supervisor The performance of infiltration equations using rain-on-grid flood methodology University of Adelaide Honours Dylan Bone, Jordan Franks, Henry Moore, Rory Owen
    2014 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Economic impact assessment of flooding under a future climate University of Adelaide Honours Matthew Matricciani, Gianni Marchetti, Nicholas Boniciolli, Martin Pappas
    2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Determining Correlated Tributary Flows Using a Distributed Model University of Adelaide Master Hien Tran
    2013 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Joint Probability Flood Modelling of Brisbane City University of Adelaide Master Zhu Jin
    2013 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Implications of Global Rainfall Inequality University of Adelaide Honours Rajah, K., O'Leary, T., Turner, A., Petrakis
    2012 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Comparison of Point and Spatial Rainfall Input Using Distributed Models University of Adelaide Master Siyuan Chang
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Hydrological Society South Australia Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member National Committee of Water Engineering Engineers Australia Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Member Engineers Australia Australia
    2003 - ongoing Member Hydrological Society of South Australia Australia
  • Community Engagement

    Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country
    2018 - 2018 Young Women in Technology - Highschool outreach seminar Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - 2018 Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo Adelaide - Aqualibrium Activity Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide
    2017 - 2017 Open Day Talk Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 - 2016 Open Day Talk Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2016 ECMS highschool outreach talks Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Associate Editor Australian Journal of Water Resources Engineering Australia Australia
  • Expert Witness

    Date Case Institution Country
    2012 - 2012 Queensland Flood Commission of Inquiry University of Adelaide Australia
  • Presentation

    Date Topic Presented at Institution Country
    2018 - 2018 Impact of Climate Change on Australian Flood Risk: A Review of Recent Evidence University of Adelaide, Charles Hawker Hydrological Society SA Australia
    2018 - 2018 Management Systems for Water Stress, to delegates from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Stamford Plaza Adelaide Icewarm Australia
    2018 - 2018 Interview - Cape Town's Disaster Drought Radio Adelaide Interview University of Adelaide Australia
    2017 - 2017 Invited talk - A typology of compound events WCRP Workshop ETH Zurich Switzerland
    2016 - 2016 Proposal pitch - A typology of compound events Ozewex Symposium Ozewex Australia
    2016 - 2016 Overview of Australian Rainfall and Runoff 2016 Inkgarni Wardli Hydrological Society SA Australia
    2014 - 2014 Workshop - Interaction of Coastal Processes and Severe Weather Events Practical Responses to Climate Change Confererence Australian Rainfall & Runoff, Engineers Australia Australia
    2014 - 2014 Workshop - Joint Probability Modelling in Estuarine Regions Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium Australian Rainfall & Runoff Australia
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83134319
  • Email: michael.leonard@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Room: N2 36
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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