Dr. Harvey Rodda

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Hydrology and GIS. Dr Harvey J. E. Rodda is a hydrologist with over 20 years postgraduate experience in consultancy, specialising in hydrological models and the use of GIS. He has worked on a range of modelling studies including water quality, sediment transport, flooding, extreme rainfall and has extensive GIS experience in particular using Arc GIS and cell based modelling with the Spatial Analyst extension. He has also specialised in linking hydrological models with GIS.
Full Name
Dr. Harvey J. E. Rodda
Year of Birth
Range of Experience
Dr Rodda has over 20 year post graduate experience in consultancy chiefly in the private sector. Most of his work has been in the field of hydrological modelling and the use of GIS. He worked on a range of flood related projects including the development of continental scale flood catastrophe models and also in studies of water quality which have considered the impact of land use change on sediment and nutrient transport. He has pioneered the linking of GIS with hydrological models and used GIS for thematic mapping, generating digital terrain models, generating stream networks, mapping flood extents and 3-d visualisation.
Career Summary
  • 2012 Partner, Water Resource Associates LLP, UK, Oxfordshire, UK.
  • 2004-date Director, Hydro-GIS Ltd., Goring-on Thames, Oxfordshire
  • 2001-2004 Principal Hydrologist, Peter Brett Associates (PBA), Reading, UK
  • 1999-2001 Senior Modeller, Risk Management Solutions, London
  • 1998-1999 Environmental Scientist, Thames Water, Reading, UK
  • 1994-1998 Project Leader, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd. (NIWA), Hamilton, New Zealand
  • 1993-1994 Higher Scientific Officer, Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
  • 1990-1993 PhD in Hydrology, Department of Geography, Exeter University, UK Thesis title: The Development of a Nitrogen Cycle Model to Predict Nitrate Leaching from Grassland Catchments in the UK.
  • 1986-1989 BSc [Hons] Environmental Science, Lancaster University, UK
Professional Affiliation
  • 2014 - Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
  • 2002 - Chartered Water and Environmental Manager
Key Assignments
  • East Hanney, UK [2016] - Strategic flood risk assessment using GIS mapping and modelling techniques to identify the flood risk associated with 11 potential development sites;
  • Malaysia [2015] - GIS analysis of satellite imagery to identify land use change in an area of rainforest and water quality modelling to predict sediment erosion;
  • Somaliland [2015] - Basin scale water quality modelling to predict sediment erosion and transport to a reservoir;
  • Salisbury, UK [2013-2015] – Undertook hydrological and hydraulic modelling as part of a legal dispute to demonstrate the property had been flooded due to a series of undersized culverts;
  • Surrey, UK [2013-2015] – Review of a flood risk assessment on behalf of a local group against a planning application including presenting as an expert witness at a Public Inquiry which was successful in preventing the development;
  • Indonesia [2013-2014] – Modelling of two major rivers on Java to define the design levels of flood defences for an industrial estate;
  • China [2012] – Basin scale water quality modelling to assist with the design of an artificial wetland area as part of a proposed tourist development;
  • Central and Eastern Europe [2004-2009] – Development of flood catastrophe models for the insurance sector covering Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.
Country Experience
UK, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, China, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, UEA, Malaysia.
English mother tongue, fluent German
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