Sam Culley

Sam Culley

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Postgraduate Student

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences


I am a PhD candidate in the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering. I am researching climate change impact assessments, with a focus on those applied to water resource systems. I am developing techniques to improve these methods including:

  • Creating climate scenarios to investigate potential threats to water resource systems
  • Identifying the critical changes in climate that will degrade systems
  • Identifying operational changes to systems in response to changes in climate

This research has included the use of formal optimisation techniques, the specification of process driven and data driven models, and methods for decision making under deep uncertainty.

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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2014 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Civil & Structural Engineering (Hons)
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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2019 Culley, S., Bennett, B., Westra, S., & Maier, H. (2019). Generating realistic perturbed hydrometeorological time series to inform scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Journal of Hydrology, 576, 111-122.
    DOI
    2016 Culley, S., Noble, S., Yates, A., Timbs, M., Westra, S., Maier, H., . . . Castelletti, A. (2016). A bottom-up approach to identifying the maximum operational adaptive capacity of water resource systems to a changing climate. Water Resources Research, 52(9), 6751-6768.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS21
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Bennett, B. S., Westra, S., & Culley, S. (2018). An R tool for climate resilience analysis of water resource systems. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.
    2018 Culley, S., Westra, S., Maier, H., & Bennett, B. S. (2018). Identifying critical climate variables for use in scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Poster session presented at the meeting of EGU General Assembly. Vienna, Austria.
    2018 Culley, S. A., Westra, S., Maier, H. R., & Bennett, B. (2018). An R tool for scenario-neutral climate impact analysis of water resource systems. Poster session presented at the meeting of 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.
    2018 Culley, S. A., Westra, S., Maier, H. R., & Bennett, B. (2018). Identifying the climate variables to which water resource systems are most sensitive. Poster session presented at the meeting of 9th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software.
    2017 Bennett, B. S., Culley, S., & Westra, S. (2017). Generating perturbed hydroclimate time series for use in scenario-neutral climate impact assessments. Poster session presented at the meeting of 22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
  • Software

    Year Citation
    2018 Bennett, B. S., Culley, S., Westra, S., Guo, D., & Maier, H. (2018). foreSIGHT: Systems Insights from Generation of Hydroclimatic Timeseries (Version 0.9.2) [Computer Software]. https://CRAN.R-project.org/package=foreSIGHT: CRAN.
  • Position: Postgraduate Student
  • Phone: 83136139
  • Email: sam.culley@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor N2
  • Room: N2 23
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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