Hong Do

PhD Candidature
University of Adelaide
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

What led you to Earth and Space science?

In my career I have developed a passion for all aspects of hydrology and flooding. Having contributed to research projects on the vulnerability of flooding in Vietnam, I am acutely aware of the devastating impact of floods. I am committed to improving our understanding of historical changes in floods, with the belief that it is critical for adapting to floods in the future.

How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

I’m joining AGU to expand my network, to share ideas on how can we solve Earth Science questions and to contribute my work to AGU meetings and conferences,

What are you working on now?

Impacts from global floods have increased over time but IPCC note that the attribution of floods is an unresolved issue, whether it is due to changes in the flood hazard, the exposure, the vulnerability or a mixture of causes. My aim is to resolve this question, and through my PhD I will address the role of flood hazards.

To date I have analysed 9000+ gauges in the GRDC database for observed trends and performed extensive quality checking of data series including the use of remotely sensed products (global forest change, GraND dams database, nightlight data, global population maps, GPCC rainfall and the Hydrosheds DEM for delineating subcatchments).

The second stage of my PhD (2017 onwards) will explore the relationships between land-use, rainfall and streamflow using empirical techniques as well as validating land-surface models (via ISIMIP).