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Dr Francis Chiew, Surface Water Hydrology Program Leader

Dr Francis Chiew: improving our understanding of climate and water

Dr Francis Chiew is developing hydrological models to predict climate, land use and management impacts on water.

  • 20 October 2009 | Updated 27 March 2013

In this article

  1. Overview
  2. Publishing History


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Current activities

Dr Francis Chiew leads CSIRO Land and Water's Surface Water Hydrology research program comprising about 50 surface water hydrologists working on catchment hydrology, hydrological modelling, climate impact on water, streamflow forecasting and irrigation hydrology.

Dr Chiew also leads and contributes to many climate-water, hydrological modelling and water resources assessment projects, particularly in the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship. He is currently lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.


Dr Chiew is lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report.

Dr Chiew has 20 years experience in research, teaching and consulting in hydrology and water resources.

He joined CSIRO in 2006 as a CSIRO OCE (Office of the Chief Executive) Science Leader. Prior to joining CSIRO, he was an academic at the University of Melbourne for more than 10 years.

Dr Chiew is highly regarded internationally in the areas of hydroclimatology and hydrological modelling. He has led projects in several large national climate and water initiatives like the South Eastern Australian Climate Initiative and CSIRO Sustainable Yields Projects.

Dr Chiew is also active in converting research outcomes to guidelines and tools for the water industry.

Academic qualifications

Dr Chiew has a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours in Civil Engineering) degree (1987) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Hydrology (1991) also from the University of Melbourne.


Dr Chiew has authored over 250 research papers (more than 100 journal articles and scholarly book chapters and more than 150 refereed conference papers), as well as numerous technical reports. His work has been widely cited (about 4 000 citations in Google Scholar and 2 000 in ISI Web of Science).

Has won many awards including the:

  • 2009 Biennial Medal of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ)
  • 2008 CSIRO Chairman’s Medal as a key member of the Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields project team
  • 2004 Tison Medal for the best paper published by the International Association of Hydrological Sciences.

Professional activities

Dr Chiew is a member of several professional associations including:

  • Institution of Engineers Australia
  • American Geophysical Union
  • International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • International Water Association
  • Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

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