Gareth Pender


1982 …2019
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Research interests

Development and testing of computer models to predict flood inundation extent Development and testing of computer models to predict sediment transport and morphological change Experimental studies of threshold conditions of sediment transport


Gareth Pender is Head of School and Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of the Built Environment. He is a civil engineering graduate of Strathclyde University, Glasgow and upon graduation in 1984 took up a post as design engineer with Couch and Hogg Consulting Civil Engineers working on a variety of civil engineering projects. In 1989, he joined Glasgow University, as a Lecturer, in the Department of Civil Engineering. In 2000, he moved to the Chair in Environmental Engineering at Heriot Watt University, and was appointed Head of School of the Built Environment in 2008. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His research and consultancy interests are in fluvial flooding and sediment transport. He has held grants in experimental sediment transport on the EPSRC’s Flood Channels Programme and computer modelling grants on its Coastal Estuary and Waterways managed programme. His most recent award is as Principal Investigator on a £8.5m flood risk management research consortium, funded jointly by EPSRC, NERC, DEFRA, EA, Scottish Government, UKWIR and the Rivers Agency (NI). The consortium is an academic industrial partnership to undertake research to improve flood risk management practice worldwide.

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sediment transport Earth & Environmental Sciences
sediment Earth & Environmental Sciences
bedload Earth & Environmental Sciences
modeling Earth & Environmental Sciences
river Earth & Environmental Sciences
hydrodynamics Earth & Environmental Sciences
hydrograph Earth & Environmental Sciences
dam Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1982 2019

Bed Load Sediment Transport and Morphological Evolution in a Degrading Uniform Sediment Channel Under Unsteady Flow Hydrographs

Wang, L., Cuthbertson, A., Pender, G. & Zhong, D., 7 Jun 2019, In : Water Resources Research. 55, 7, p. 5431-5452 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
unsteady flow
sediment transport
Learning systems
Bayesian networks
Neural networks
Stream flow
Model structures

A depth-averaged two-phase model for debris flows over erodible beds

Li, J., Cao, Z., Hu, K., Pender, G. & Liu, Q., 30 Mar 2018, In : Earth Surface Processes and Landforms. 43, 4, p. 817-839 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

debris flow
bottom stress

Enhanced bed load sediment transport by unsteady flows in a degrading channel

Li, Z., Qian, H., Cao, Z., Liu, H., Pender, G. & Hu, P., 9 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Sediment Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

New experimental dataset for partial dam-break floods over mobile beds

Qian, H., Cao, Z., Liu, H. & Pender, G., 2 Jan 2018, In : Journal of Hydraulic Research. 56, 1, p. 124-135 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Water levels


Chair of the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland

Gareth Pender (Recipient), Nov 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

civil engineer
development policy
decision maker

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Gareth Pender (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Election to learned society