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.