Andrew B. Carr

Andrew B. Carr

Profile

I joined the University of Leeds in 2016 as a PhD student investigating the hydrodynamics of the middle Congo River. I completed my PhD in November 2020, and I continue to work in this line of research in my current role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate.

Before my PhD I spent eight years in industry as an engineering consultant implementing river engineering and flood risk management projects in the UK. I also have overseas experience developing small hydropower schemes for rural energy access programmes. I maintain links with industry, recently through part-time consultancy work for the World Bank.

Research Overview

During my PhD, I studied the hydraulics of the Congo River, and investigated methods of modelling the hydrodynamics of this multichannel system. I collected and analysed significant primary data obtained during multiple field campaigns in DR Congo, and also drew on satellite observations, exploring their utility in monitoring the hydrodynamics of large rivers.

My current post-doc research involves modelling the hydrodynamics of the middle Congo, as part of the Congo River Island Prospects (CRISP) project. The aims of the research are to: (1) investigate the stability of mid-channel islands; and (2) evaluate methods of monitoring the discharge of multichannel rivers from satellite. As part of the role, I am collaborating with Congolese researchers at CRREBaC, and NASA SWOT satellite scientists.

Building research capacity in low and middle income nations through collaboration with local partners has been a feature of my research. During my PhD I developed close links with Congolese researchers through my affiliation to CRuHM; a research consortium established through the RS-DFID Africa capacity building initiative.

Key external research affiliations and collaborations:

Research interests

I have a number of research interests that sit within the broad topic area of my PhD, such as:

  • Exploring the use of satellite observations for monitoring large river hydrodynamics.
  • Conducting field campaigns; and using field data to complement satellite observations.
  • Developing approaches to modelling multi-threaded channel hydraulics.
  • Applying hydrodynamic research to connected research topics such as carbon cycling, river and floodplain ecology, and sediment transport.
  • Using hydrodynamic research to inform the management of flood risk, river navigation, and water resources.

I am also interested in research that is relevant to my professional experience in river engineering and flood risk. My interests here cut across a number of research fields such as: hydrologic and hydraulic research; natural hazards & disaster risk reduction; water resources; environmental and social impacts; dams and other civil works; and rural energy access. I am especially interested in developing new approaches that are suitable for challenging contexts: where data is sparse, and resilience to extreme weather events and climate change is needed.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, 2020
  • Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE), 2015.
  • MEng, Civil & Structural Engineering, University of Leeds, 2008. 1st class.