Thorsten Wagener

Professor of Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Bristol

Hydrology analyses the movement and storage of water in complex environmental systems in which humans are important actors. A systems approach is needed to adequately understand this dynamic physical and socio-economic system with the goal to provide water security for people and nature. My group develops and applies systems methods to advance hydrologic theory, and to build and evaluate predictive models for sustainable water management. Particular current interests are predictions in ungauged basins, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis, catchment classification, and the integrated assessment of change impacts.

I have been awarded multiple awards for my research including the Walter L. Huber Engineering Research Prize of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Early Career Award, the Early Career Research Excellence Prize of the International Environmental Modeling and Software Society (IEMSS), and the Unwin Prize of Imperial College London.


Professor Thorsten Wagener was born in Germany in 1971. He received his Dipl.-Ing. (FH) from the University of Siegen, an Ir. from Delft University of Technology, and his PhD from Imperial College London. He held research and academic positions at Imperial College London, the University of Arizona and the Pennsylvania State University. He joined the University of Bristol as the Chair of Water and Environmental Engineering in 2012.


Water resource management
Global change
Uncertainty and risk
Ecosystem services


  • –present
    Professor, Chair of Water and Environmental Engineering, University of Bristol