Dr. Alan Hamlet
Dr. Alan Hamlet
Alan Hamlet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame. Hamlet investigates the impacts of climate variability and climate change on surface and subsurface water resources, which in turn are linked to many natural and human systems.
Hamlet integrates hydrological models with climate models to predict the impacts of climate variability and climate change on water resources - impacts such as flooding and water scarcity - on human infrastructure, forests, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems. His research informs management and water policy related to municipal water supplies; irrigated agriculture, hydropower production; lake recreation; flood plain management; ecosystem restoration, emergency management; and transportation. These are all components of assessing a country’s vulnerability to climate change. Hamlet’s experience with climate model downscaling will inform efforts to provide more localized outlooks of vulnerability and readiness to address climate change the Midwest and in other parts of the U.S.
Prior to his appointment at Notre Dame, Hamlet was a Research Assistant Professor and member of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington. He has been actively involved in stakeholder education and outreach programs in the Pacific Northwest for many years, and is a leader in the development of decision support systems and sustainable climate change adaptation strategies in the water sector.