Dr Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard
Lecturer
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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

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Dr Michael Leonard

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.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Scholarly Teaching Fellow University of Adelaide
2007 - 2015 Research Associate / Lecturer University of Adelaide

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2015 GN Alexander Medal Engineers Australia
2014 Research Spotlight Award from American Geophysical Union (top 5% of papers in AGU) for Westra et al (2014) American Geophysical Union
2009 Best presentation by a student or recent graduate Australian Mathematical Society
2008 Best presentation by a student or recent graduate Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium
2006 Postgraduate Research Award, AWA AWA
2002 CAMWE prize for best honours Civil & Environmental project thesis University of Adelaide

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)

Keywords

Environmental Engineering Modelling, Numerical & Computational Mathematics, Surfacewater Hydrology, Water Resources Engineering

Journals

Date Citation
2017 Do,XH, Westra,S, Leonard,M, 2017, A global-scale investigation of trends in annual maximum streamflow, Journal of Hydrology, -
2016 Bennett,B, Lambert,M, Thyer,M, Bates,BC, Leonard,M, 2016, Estimating extreme spatial rainfall intensities, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 21, 3, 04015074-1-04015074-12 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001316
2016 Johnson,F, White,CJ, van Dijk,A, Ekstrom,M, Evans,JP, Jakob,D, Kiem,AS, Leonard,M, Rouillard,A, Westra,S et al, 2016, Natural hazards in Australia: floods, Climatic Change, 139, 1, 21-35 10.1007/s10584-016-1689-y
2015 Zheng,F, Thibaud,E, Leonard,M, Westra,S, 2015, Assessing the performance of the independence method in modeling spatial extreme rainfall, Water Resources Research, 51, 9, 7744-7758 10.1002/2015WR016893
2015 Zheng,F, Westra,S, Leonard,M, 2015, Opposing local precipitation extremes, Nature Climate Change, 5, 5, 389-390 10.1038/nclimate2579
2015 Zheng,F, Leonard,M, Westra,S, 2015, Application of the design variable method to estimate coastal flood risk, Journal of Flood Risk Management, OnlinePubl, 1-13 10.1111/jfr3.12180
2015 Zheng,F, Leonard,M, Westra,S, 2015, Efficient joint probability analysis of flood risk, Journal of Hydroinformatics, 17, 4, 584-597 10.2166/hydro.2015.052
2014 Westra,S, Thyer,M, Leonard,M, Kavetski,D, Lambert,M, 2014, A strategy for diagnosing and interpreting hydrological model nonstationarity, Water Resources Research, 50, 6, 5090-5113 10.1002/2013WR014719
2014 Rajah,K, O'Leary,T, Turner,A, Petrakis,G, Leonard,M, Westra,S, 2014, Changes to the temporal distribution of daily precipitation, Geophysical Research Letters, 41, 24, 8887-8894 10.1002/2014GL062156
2014 Leonard,M, Westra,S, Phatak,A, Lambert,M, Van Den Hurk,B, McInnes,K, Risbey,J, Schuster,S, Jakob,D, Stafford-Smith,M et al, 2014, A compound event framework for understanding extreme impacts, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Climate Change, 5, 1, 113-128 10.1002/wcc.252
2014 Zheng,F, Westra,S, Leonard,M, Sisson,SA, 2014, Modeling dependence between extreme rainfall and storm surge to estimate coastal flooding risk, Water Resources Research, 50, 3, 2050-2071 10.1002/2013WR014616
2011 Thyer,M, Leonard,M, Kavetski,D, Need,S, Renard,B, 2011, The open source RFortran library for accessing R from Fortran, with applications in environmental modelling, Environmental Modelling & Software, 26, 2, 219-234 10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.05.007
2010 Wong,G, Lambert,M, Leonard,M, Metcalfe,A, 2010, Drought analysis using trivariate copulas conditional on climatic states, Journal of Hydrological Engineering, 15, 2, 129-141 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000169
2008 Leonard,M, Metcalfe,A, Lambert,M, 2008, Frequency analysis of rainfall and streamflow extremes accounting for seasonal and climatic partitions, Journal of Hydrology, 348, 1-2, 135-147 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.09.045
2008 Leonard,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, Cowpertwait,P, 2008, A space-time Neyman-Scott rainfall model with defined storm extent, Water Resources Research, 44, 9, 9402-9402 10.1029/2007WR006110
2007 Leonard,M, Metcalfe,A, Lambert,M, Kuczera,G, 2007, Implementing a space-time rainfall model for the Sydney region, Water Science and Technology, 55, 4, 39-47 10.2166/wst.2007.093
2007 Zecchin,A, Maier,H, Simpson,A, Leonard,M, Nixon,J, 2007, Ant colony optimization applied to water distribution system design: Comparative study of five algorithms, Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 133, 1, 87-92 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9496(2007)133:1(87)
2006 Leonard,M, Metcalfe,A, Lambert,M, 2006, Efficient simulation of a space-time Neyman-Scott rainfall model, Water Resources Research, 42, 11, 11503-11503 10.1029/2006WR004986
2006 Zecchin,A, Simpson,A, Maier,H, Leonard,M, Roberts,A, Berrisford,M, 2006, Application of two ant colony optimisation algorithms to water distribution system optimisation, Mathematical and Computer Modelling, 44, 5-6, 451-468 10.1016/j.mcm.2006.01.005

Books

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2015 Bates,B, Argueso,D, Evans,J, Green,J, Griesser,A, Jakob,D, Seed,A, Lau,R, Lehman,E, Phatak,A et al, 2015, Preliminary assessment of the impact of climate change on design rainfall IFD curves, 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS), Hobart, Tas
2015 Leonard,M, Westra,SP, Zheng,F, Babister,M, Varga,I, 2015, Developing water level maps in the joint probability zone influenced by extreme tide and rainfall events, 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS 2015), Hobart, Tas
2015 Westra,SP, Leonard,M, Thyer,M, 2015, A principles-evaluate-discuss model for teaching journal and conference paper writing skills to postgraduate research students, 26th Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE2015), Geelong, Victoria
2015 Johnson,F, White,CJ, van Dijk,A, Ekstrom,M, Evans,JP, Jakob,D, Kiem,AS, Leonard,M, Rouillard,A, Westra,SP et al, 2015, How and why are floods changing in Australia?, 36th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS 2015), Hobart, Tas
2014 Soltyk,S, Leonard,M, Phatak,A, Lehmann,E, 2014, Statistical modelling of rainfall intensity-frequency-duration curves using regional frequency analysis and Bayesian hierarchical modelling, 35th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium (HWRS), Perth, Western Australia
2014 Zheng,F, Westra,SP, Sisson,S, Leonard,M, 2014, Flood risk estimation in Australia’s coastal zone: modelling the dependence between extreme rainfall and storm surge, 35th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Perth, Australia
2014 Seed,A, Jordan,P, Pierce,C, Leonard,M, Nathan,R, Kordomenidi,E, 2014, Stochastic simulation of space-time rainfall patterns for the brisbane river catchment
2012 Westra,S, Thyer,M, Leonard,M, Kavetski,D, Lambert,M, 2012, Diagnosing non-stationary behaviour in a hydrological model, Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Sydney
2012 Leonard,M, Lambert,M, 2012, Spatial variability of stochastically generated rainfall, World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2012, Albuquerque, New Mexico 10.1061/9780784412312.200
2012 Bennett,B, Lambert,M, Thyer,M, Bates,B, Leonard,M, 2012, Estimation of extreme spatial rainfall intensities, Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Sydney
2011 Leonard,M, Ball,J, Lambert,M, 2011, On the coincidence of extreme rainfall bursts with duration, Congress of IAHR, the International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research, Brisbane
2009 Qin,J, Leonard,M, Kuczera,G, Thyer,M, Metcalfe,A, Lambert,M, 2009, A high-resolution hierarchical space-time framework for single storm events and its application for short-term rainfall forecasting
2008 Osti,A, Leonard,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, 2008, A high resolution large-scale gaussian random field rainfall model for Australian monthly rainfall, Water Down Under (WDU), Adelaide
2008 Leonard,M, Osti,A, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, 2008, Spatially inhomogeneous poisson model of rainfall across Australia, Water Down Under (WDU), Adelaide
2008 Osti,A, Leonard,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, 2008, A temporally heterogeneous high-resolution large-scale gaussian random field model for Australian rainfall, The IASTED International Conference on Applied Simulation and Modelling (International Association of Science and Technology for Development), Greece
2008 Wong,G, Leonard,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, 2008, Forecasting drought in eastern Australia, Water Down Under (WDU), Adelaide
2008 Qin,J, Leonard,M, Kuczera,G, Thyer,M, Metcalfe,A, Lambert,M, 2008, A high resolution spatio-temporal model for single storm events based on radar images, Water Down Under (WDU), Adelaide
2006 Leonard,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, Kuczera,G, 2006, A simulation method for calibrating cluster-process rainfall models, Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Launceston, Tasmania
2006 Qin,J, Leonard,M, Kuczera,G, Thyer,M, Lambert,M, Metcalfe,A, 2006, Statistical characteristics of rainstorms derived from weather radar images, Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Launceston, Tasmania
2004 Leonard,M, Maier,H, Simpson,A, Zecchin,A, Roberts,A, Berrisford,M, Nixon,J, 2004, Hydraulic risk assessment of water distribution systems, Hydraulics, Surfers Paradise, Qld, Australia
2003 Ahmer,I, Lambert,M, Leonard,M, Metcalfe,A, 2003, Stochastic modelling of tidal anomaly for estimation of flood risk in coastal areas, International Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
2003 Zecchin,A, Maier,H, Simpson,A, Roberts,A, Berrisford,M, Leonard,M, 2003, Max-min ant system applied to water distribution system optimisation, MODSIM International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Jupiters Hotel and Casino, Townsville, Australia

Conference Items

Date Citation
2017 Do,XH, Westra,S, Leonard,M, Gudmundsson,L, Seneviratne,S, 2017, The Global Streamflow Indices and Metadata archive (G-SIM): A compilation of global streamflow time series indices and meta-data, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna, Austria
2016 Do,XH, Westra,S, Leonard,M, 2016, Are worldwide floods changing? Evidence from global high-quality annual maximum streamflow records, EGU General Assembly 2016, Vienna, Austria
2016 Do,XH, Westra,S, Leonard,M, 2016, A global-scale investigation of trends in annual maximum streamflow, OzEWEX 3rd National Workshop, Canberra, Australia

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-ongoing

Engineering Modelling & Analysis IA

University of Adelaide

200-250

First Year

C&ENVENG 1012

2010-ongoing

Computing for Geostatistics

University of Adelaide

<10

Masters

C&ENVENG 7063

Courses Taught

Date Course Title Institution Class Size Course Level/ Code URL
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

Supervision Activities

Research-based Degree Supervisions

Date Role Thesis Title Institution Student Name
2016- PhD Co-supervisor Modelling low-flows in semi-arid environments University of Adelaide Alicja Makarewicz
2015- PhD Co-supervisor Trends in global flood hazard University of Adelaide Hong Do
2014- PhD Co-supervisor Modelling spatial rainfall extremes at the subdaily timescale University of Adelaide Phuong Le Dong

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2013 Member Engineers Australia Australia
2003 Member Hydrological Society of South Australia Australia

Committee Memberships

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

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 Associate Editor Australian Journal of Water Resources Australia
Position
Lecturer
Phone
83134319
Fax
8313 4359
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Engineering North
Room Number
2 31f
Org Unit
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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