UC SPARK - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Professor Matthew Wilson

Geospatial Research Institute

Fields of Research

  • Surface water hydrology
  • Flood risk
  • River science
  • Water resources
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Geographical Information Science (GIS)
  • Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI)
  • Uncertainty analysis

Researcher Summary

My research is in the broad areas of hydrology and geographical information science, with a primary focus in the assessment of flood risk using computational modelling and geospatial analysis techniques. Currently I am working with LINZ and the CRC.SI on the implementation of federated spatial data infrastructures to facilitate real-time access to data which are critical for hazard risk management but which may be held by different agencies at a national, regional or local level in both the public and private sectors. Through this initiative, we can leverage these data to allow the rapid production of information for hazard management, such as the determination of the significance of measured or forecast rainfall, or the mapping of flood likelihoods.
Alongside this work, other ongoing projects include: (i) a national assessment of the New Zealand stopbank network, which is leading towards the assessment of the variable risk of failure during flood events; (ii) the development of a geospatial methodology for the rapid assessment of dam break consequence, work which builds on a recently-developed national inventory of dams; and (iii) the development of a geospatial data infrastructure framework for water pollution analyses in Christchurch. Previous projects have included the assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on flood risk and water resources in the Caribbean; the analysis of surface water hydrodynamics on a 300 km reach of the Amazon River in Brazil; and flood modelling work to support the development of the science specifications for a new joint French-U.S. satellite mission named SWOT (Surface Water & Ocean Topography), scheduled for launch in April 2021.

Subject Area: Disciplines

Future Research

  • National scale flood risk assessment
  • Spatial data infrastructure
  • Multi-hazard approaches to risk assessment
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Hydrology in Antarctica
  • Geographical information science

Key Methodologies

  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Hydrological and hydraulic modelling
  • Computational modelling
  • Spatial analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Remote sensing
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler
  • QGIS, PostGIS, R, Python, C, C++, C#, Matlab

Affiliations

Student Supervision

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    Current
  • PhD - Asmath H: Hydrobiogeochemical pollutant fate and transport in the Caroni River Basin and Wetlands
  • PhD - Atwell M: Soil natural capital and ecosystem services
  • PhD - Rahardianto T: Geospatial analysis of landslides
  • Masters - Alexis C: Coastal modelling used as a tool in the analysis of nearshore processes and beach dynamics
  • Masters - Ali S: Sustainable coastal ecosystem management
  • Completed
  • PhD - Trigg M: Amazon River and floodplain hydrodynamics (2010)
  • Masters - Maraj V: Investigation of the Optimal Design Frequency for Hydraulic Structures along the St. Joseph River (2015)
  • Masters - Monrose J: Application of a Continuous Rainfall Model to the St. Joseph River Basin using the Hydrological Software HEC-HMS (2015)
  • Masters - Seenath A: An assessment of coastal flood risk and possible mitigation measures along the coast of south-western Tobago (2015)
  • Masters - Tambie J: Modelling of flood risk in the Caroni catchment, Trinidad (2014)

Research/Scholarly/Creative Works

Journal Articles
  • Mandall M., Smith D., Watson S., Taylor M., Clarke L., Stephenson T., Campbell J., Darsan J. and Wilson MD. (2017) An assessment of the 1.5 vs 2 and 2.5 °C global temperature increase on flooding in Jamaica: A case study from the Hope Watershed.. Regional Environmental Change
  • Darsan J., Jehu A., Asmath H., Singh A. and Wilson M. (2016) The influence of fluvial dynamics and North Atlantic swells on the beach habitat of leatherback turtles at Grande Riviere Trinidad. Journal of Environmental Management 180 C: 111-122. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2016.05.014.
  • Nandi A., Mandal A., Wilson M. and Smith D. (2016) Flood hazard mapping in Jamaica using principal component analysis and logistic regression. Environmental Earth Sciences 75(6) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12665-016-5323-0.
  • Seenath A., Wilson M. and Miller K. (2016) Hydrodynamic versus GIS modelling for coastal flood vulnerability assessment: Which is better for guiding coastal management? Ocean and Coastal Management 120: 99-109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2015.11.019.
  • Wilson MD., Durand M., Jung HC. and Alsdorf D. (2015) Swath-altimetry measurements of the main stem Amazon River: Measurement errors and hydraulic implications. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19(4): 1943-1959. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hess-19-1943-2015.
  • Wilson MD., Durand M., Jung HC. and Alsdorf D. (2014) Swath altimetry measurements of the mainstem Amazon River: measurement errors and hydraulic implications. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 11(8): 9399-9434. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/hessd-11-9399-2014.
  • Anderson H., Shaw P. and Wilson M. (2012) An analysis of the Petite Careme (short dry spell) in Trinidad. Caribbean Geography 17(1-2): 57-72.
  • Joseph A., Shaw P. and Wilson M. (2012) Seasonal beach changes and their impact on the nesting of the Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea): A case study from Grande Riviere, Trinidad. Caribbean Geography 17(1-2): 109-124.
  • Tambie J., Wilson M. and Shaw P. (2012) An assessment of rain gauge and satellite-derived rainfall measurements in north-western Trinidad. Caribbean Geography 17(1-2): 42-56.
  • Trigg MA., Bates PD., Wilson MD., Schumann G. and Baugh C. (2012) Floodplain channel morphology and networks of the middle Amazon River. Water Resources Research 48(10) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012WR011888.
  • Horritt MS., Bates PD., Fewtrell TJ., Mason DC., Wilson MD. and Spencer P. (2011) Discussion: Modelling the hydraulics of the carlisle 2005 flood event. Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management 164(2): 103. http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/wama.1000094.
  • Horritt MS., Bates PD., Fewtrell TJ., Mason DC. and Wilson MD. (2010) Modelling the hydraulics of the carlisle 2005 flood event. Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management 163(6): 273-281. http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/wama.2010.163.6.273.
  • He Y., Wetterhall F., Cloke HL., Pappenberger F., Wilson M., Freer J. and McGregor G. (2009) Tracking the uncertainty in flood alerts driven by grand ensemble weather predictions. Meteorological Applications 16(1): 91-101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/met.132.
  • Neal JC., Bates PD., Fewtrell TJ., Hunter NM., Wilson MD. and Horritt MS. (2009) Distributed whole city water level measurements from the Carlisle 2005 urban flood event and comparison with hydraulic model simulations. Journal of Hydrology 368(1-4): 42-55. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.01.026.
  • Durand M., Andreadis KM., Alsdorf DE., Lettenmaier DP., Moller D. and Wilson M. (2008) Estimation of bathymetric depth and slope from data assimilation of swath altimetry into a hydrodynamic model. Geophysical Research Letters 35(20) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2008GL034150.
  • Wright NG., Villanueva I., Bates PD., Mason DC., Wilson MD., Pender G. and Neelz S. (2008) Case study of the use of remotely sensed data for modeling flood inundation on the River Severn, U.K. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering 134(5): 533-540. http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9429(2008)134:5(533).
  • Alsdorf D., Bates P., Melack J., Wilson M. and Dunne T. (2007) Spatial and temporal complexity of the Amazon flood measured from space. Geophysical Research Letters 34(8) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2007GL029447.
  • Michaelides K. and Wilson MD. (2007) Uncertainty in predicted runoff due to patterns of spatially variable infiltration. Water Resources Research 43(2) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006WR005039.
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson PM. (2007) The use of remotely sensed land cover to derive floodplain friction coefficients for flood inundation modelling. Hydrological Processes 21(26): 3576-3586. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.6584.
  • Wilson MD., Bates P., Alsdorf D., Forsberg B., Horritt M., Melack J., Frappart F. and Famiglietti J. (2007) Modeling large-scale inundation of Amazonian seasonally flooded wetlands. Geophysical Research Letters 34(15) http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2007GL030156.
  • Bates PD., Wilson MD., Horritt MS., Mason DC., Holden N. and Currie A. (2006) Reach scale floodplain inundation dynamics observed using airborne synthetic aperture radar imagery: Data analysis and modelling. Journal of Hydrology 328(1-2): 306-318. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2005.12.028.
  • Hunter NM., Bates PD., Horritt MS. and Wilson MD. (2006) Improved simulation of flood flows using storage cell models. Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management 159(1): 9-18. http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/wama.2006.159.1.9.
  • Néelz S., Pender G., Villanueva I., Wilson M., Wright NG., Bates P., Mason D. and Whitlow C. (2006) Using remotely sensed data to support flood modelling. Proceedings of the ICE - Water Management 159(1): 35-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.1680/wama.2006.159.1.35.
  • Hunter NM., Horritt MS., Bates PD., Wilson MD. and Werner MGF. (2005) An adaptive time step solution for raster-based storage cell modelling of floodplain inundation. Advances in Water Resources 28(9): 975-991. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2005.03.007.
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson PM. (2005) The use of elevation data in flood inundation modelling: A comparison of ERS interferometric SAR and combined contour and differential GPS data. International Journal of River Basin Management 3(1): 3-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15715124.2005.9635241.
Conference Contributions - Published
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson P. (2003) Prediction uncertainty in elevation and its effect on flood inundation modelling. Southampton, United Kingdom: 7th International Conference on GeoComputation, 8-10 Sep 2003.
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson P. (2003) Sensitivity analysis of a flood inundation model to spatially distributed friction coefficients obtained using land cover classification of Landsat TM imagery. Toulouse, France: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 21-25 Jul 2003. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IGARSS.2003.1294181.
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson PM. (2003) Sensitivity of a flood inundation model to spatially-distributed friction. In International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 3: 1579-1581.
Chapters
  • Mandall A., Smith D., Wilson MD., Taylor M. and Nandi A. (2016) Climate change and flood risk: Challenges for Jamaican towns and communities. Inside stories on climate compatible development: 8.Climate Development Knowledge Network.
  • Wilson MD. (2016) Geography, Society and Development in a Changing Climate. In Vaidya K (Ed.), Geography for the Curious: Why Study Geography?The Curious Academic Publishing.
  • Wilson M. (2007) Increasing Frequency and Intensity of Floods. In Maynard T (Ed.), Rapid Climate Change: 16-21. London: Lloyds of London.
  • Hunter N., Bates P., Horritt M. and Wilson M. (2005) Comparison of classical and adaptive time-step storage cell codes for flood inundation modelling. In vos Alpen J; van Beek E; Taal M (Ed.), Floods: from defence to management - Symposium Papers of the 3rd International Symposium on Flood Defence, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 25-27 May 2005Taylor & Francis.
  • Bates P., Mason D., Neelz S., Pender G., Villaneuva I., Wilson M. and Wright N. (2004) A framework for flood inundation modelling. In Reeve D (Ed.), Flood risk assessment: 169-178.The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
  • Wilson MD. and Atkinson P. (2004) Prediction uncertainty in elevation and its effect on flood inundation modelling. In Atkinson P; Foody G; Darby S; Wu F (Ed.), GeoDynamics: 185-202. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
  • Wilson M. (2003) Global data networks in the environmental and life sciences. UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems Paris: EOLSS Publishers Company.
Reports
  • Wilson MD. and Cooper V. (2017) Hydrological Modelling of the Nariva Catchment, Trinidad: Potential catchment responses to climate change.CERMES, University of the West Indies.
  • Wilson M. (2016) Development and application of the SWAT model to Assess of the Impact of Climate Change on the Future Water Balance of Carriacou Island, Grenada.Commissioned by CERMES, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.
  • Wilson M. (2016) Training workshops in the use of the SWAT modelling tool for vulnerability assessment of water resources under climate change. In Assistance in using modelling tools for climate change vulnerability and impact assessment’ in Azerbaijan and Georgia, for Clima East, Brussels, Belgium.
  • Wilson M. (2015) TAG 013 Appendix: Extreme Rain and Snow.Commissioned by Office of Nuclear Regulation, Bootle, United Kingdom.
  • Wilson M. (2015) TAG 013 Appendix: River Flooding and Modelling.Commissioned by Office of Nuclear Regulation, Bootle, United Kingdom.
  • Wilson M. and Mandall A. (2015) Hydrological characterisation of Carriacou Island, Grenada.Commissioned by CERMES, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Anguilla.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Antigua and Barbuda.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Barbados.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Belize.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Dominica.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Grenada.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Jamaica.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Nevis.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – St. Kitts.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – St. Lucia.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – St. Vincent and the Grenadines.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Suriname.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – The Bahamas.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – The Dominican Republic.Commissioned by DFID, AusAID and The Caribsave Partnership.
  • Simpson M., Clarke J., Scott D., New M., Karmalkar A., Day O., Taylor M., Gossling S., Wilson MD. and Chadee D. (2012) Caribsave Climate Change Risk Atlas (CCCRA) – Turks and Caicos Islands.
  • Simpson M., Scott D., Harrison M., Silver N., O'Keeffe E., Harrison S., Taylor M., Sim R., Lizcano G. and Wilson MD. (2010) Quantification and Magnitude of Losses and Damages Resulting from the Impacts of Climate Change: Modelling the Transformational Impacts and Costs of Sea Level Rise in the Caribbean.Commissioned by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 80.
  • Simpson M., Scott D., New M., Sim R., Smith D., Harrison M., Eakin E., Warrick R., Strong A. and Kouwenhoven P. (2009) An Overview of Modelling Climate Change Impacts in the Caribbean Region with contribution from the Pacific Islands.Commissioned by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 268.
Theses / Dissertations
  • Wilson MD. (2004) Evaluating the effect of data and data uncertainty on predictions of flood inundation. PhD Thesis, Southampton, United Kingdom. University of Southampton.
Additional Publications
  • Bates P., Horritt M., Wilson MD. and Hunter N. (Ed.) (2005) LISFLOOD-FP User manual and technical note (code release 2.6.2). School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol.
  • Mason D., Wang H., Scott T., Bates P., Horritt M. and Wilson MD. (2004) Uses of airborne scanning laser altimetry for river flood modelling and coastal geomorphology. Nottingham, United Kingdom: RSPSoc Workshop on Laser Scanning of the Environment, 11-12 Nov 2004