Paul is Head of the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.
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Paul is a hydrologist by background and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. He has widespread research interests in risk, resilience, uncertainty, governance and decision-making in relation to natural hazards and global water issues . He has published over 160 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, and these were cited over 1000 times in 2015 according to the ISI Web of Knowledge. He currently has an ISI H-index of 47. For a full publication list see here.
Paul's main science contribution has been to improve the prediction of flood inundation through the development of new computer models, the use of data from new airborne, satellite and ground sensors and through the better characterization of risk and uncertainty. For videos of Paul talking about his research see here and here.
He has held Visiting Scientist positions at Princeton University, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Laboratoire National d'Hydraulique, Paris, the EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
He also undertakes significant International collaboration, including work with the French National Space Agency (CNES), Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia in Brazil, as well as numerous universities in the US and Europe.
Paul obtained a BSc in Geography from Southampton University in 1989, and a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1992 working with Professor Malcolm Anderson. His PhD research analysed finite element methods for modeling flood flows, a theme he continued during postdoctoral research funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers, the UK Natural Environment Research Council and the Laboratoire Saint Venant in Paris where he worked with Jean-Michel Hervouet. In 1995 he was appointed to a Lectureship in Physical Geography at the University of Bristol. He was promoted to Reader in 2000, and full Professor in 2003. From 2005 to 2013 he led the Hydrology Research Group in the School of Geographical Sciences, and from 2011 to 2013 was the innaugral Director of the Cabot Institute. In August 2013 he was appointed Head of the School of Geographical Sciences.
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Professor Bates currently teaches 6 courses:
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