Helen He


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I have a background in hydrological science and engineering with strong analytical and programming skills. My research competences include hydrological and hydrodynamic model calibration and uncertainty estimation, catchment classification, prediction in ungauged catchments, extreme value statistics, precipitation downscaling, hydro-meteorological forecasts, and impact assessment on catchment water resources.

In 2004, I obtained my MSc degree in Water Resources Engineering & Management from the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. In 2008, I obtained my Dr.-Ing. degree (a German engineering doctorate degree) in Hydrology from the same institute.

I worked at King’s College London in 2007-2010 as a research associate in the NERC funded project “HydroClimate” within the Flood Risk from Extreme Events Programme. The project evaluated impacts of a changing climate on flood inundation for the Upper Severn Catchment in England. I was responsible for setting up and running the hydrological and hydraulic models, and estimating modelling uncertainties and future flood risk. 

In 2010, I joined the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia as a lecturer in Hydrology and Climate Change Research.


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Personal website: http://he.nmpi.net/


Key Research Interests

1. Theoretical hydrology: (1) understanding of physical processes of rainfall and runoff as well as conceptualisation of processes, (2) development of a catchment classification scheme and regionalisation, (3) analysis of sensitivity and estimation of hydrological model parameters, and (4) non-stationary extreme flood analysis.

2. Ensemble hydro-meteorological forecasts: (1) development of a hydro-meteorological model cascade by using Ensemble Prediction Systems, (2) development of an in-stream nutrient prediction system, and (3) improving communication and use of ensemble probabilistic predictions.

3. Hydro-climatic prediction: (1) precipitation downscaling, and (2) assessment of impacts and adaptation.

Academic Background

Dr.-Ing.           Hydrology, Institut für Wasserbau, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, 10/04-09/07
Dissertation: Application of a Non-parametric Classification Scheme to Catchment Hydrology
Scholarship: International Postgraduate Studies in Water Technologies (IPSWaT), German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Supervisors: Prof. Dr. rer.nat. Dr.-Ing. András Bárdossy

MSc.                Water Resources Engineering & Management, Universität Stuttgart, Germany, 09/01-01/04
Master thesis: Assessment of Predictive Uncertainty associated with the Identification of Model Parameters of a Conceptual Rainfall-Runoff Model

BSc.                 Environmental Engineering, Tianjin University, China, 09/94-07/98
Bachelor thesis: Process design of a secondary municipal wastewater treatment plant in southern China: a conventional activated sludge treatment process

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

PhD Positions


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9/10-                Lecturer in Hydrology and Climate Change Research, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia, UK

10/0709/10    Research Associate, Dept of Geography, King’s College London, UK

12/01–03/05    Research Assistant (part-time), Otto-Graf-Institute, University of   Stuttgart, Germany

06/00–08/01    Assistant to General Manager, Marsden Water Treatment Co., Ltd., Beijing, China

10/98–05/00    Technical Design Engineer, Xiaoqing Environmental Protection Group Co., Beijing, China

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Engineering, University of Stuttgart

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Science, University of Stuttgart

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Science, Tianjin University

Award Date: 1 Jan 1998

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