Dr Murray Peel

  • Room: Level: 04 Room: 413
  • Building: Engineering Block D
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Hydroclimatology (Hydrology, Global Hydrology, Hydroclimatic Variability)

Personal webpage



Dr Murray Peel is a Senior Research Fellow and ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He has a PhD (Geography) and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. His hydroclimatology and comparative hydrology research interests include understanding differences in inter-annual variability of annual runoff around the world, hydrologic impacts of land use change and potential climate change impacts on inter-annual runoff variability. His research and consulting activities have produced over 100 publications, including 37 articles in international journals and 8 book chapters.

My personal web page can be found at http://people.eng.unimelb.edu.au/mpeel/.

Recent publications

  1. Mehran A, Aghakouchak A, Nakhjiri N, Stewardson M, Peel M, Phillips TJ, Wada Y, Ravalico JK. Compounding Impacts of Human-Induced Water Stress and Climate Change on Water Availability. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS. Nature Publishing Group. 2017, Vol. 7, Issue 1.
  2. Wang J, Nathan R, Horne A, Peel M, Wei Y, Langford J. Evaluating four downscaling methods for assessment of climate change impact on ecological indicators. ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING & SOFTWARE. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 96.
  3. Barria P, Peel M, Walsh KJE, MuÑoz A. The first 300-year streamflow reconstruction of a high-elevation river in Chile using tree rings. International Journal of Climatology. John Wiley & Sons. 2017.
  4. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Perraud J-M, Zhang L. Bias in streamflow projections due to climate-induced shifts in catchment response. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 43, Issue 4.
  5. McMahon T, Finlayson B, Peel M. Historical developments of models for estimating evaporation using standard meteorological data. WILEY INTERDISCIPLINARY REVIEWS-WATER. 2016, Vol. 3, Issue 6.
  6. Saft M, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L. Predicting shifts in rainfall-runoff partitioning during multiyear drought: Roles of dry period and catchment characteristics. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 12.
  7. Fowler K, Peel M, Western A, Zhang L, Peterson T. Simulating runoff under changing climatic conditions: Revisiting an apparent deficiency of conceptual rainfall-runoff models. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2016, Vol. 52, Issue 3.
  8. Peel M, Srikanthan R, McMahon T, Karoly D. Approximating uncertainty of annual runoff and reservoir yield using stochastic replicates of global climate model data. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 4.
  9. McMahon T, Peel M, Karoly D. Assessment of precipitation and temperature data from CMIP3 global climate models for hydrologic simulation. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 1.
  10. Tesemma Z, Wei Y, Peel M, Western A. Including the dynamic relationship between climatic variables and leaf area index in a hydrological model to improve streamflow prediction under a changing climate. HYDROLOGY AND EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCES. Copernicus GmBH. 2015, Vol. 19, Issue 6.
  11. Kidson R, Taylor N, Haddad BM, Langford K, Peel M, Western A, McMahon T, Kuss AJM. Long-run persistence in reservoir inflows: Empirical Mode Decomposition in Sydney and Melbourne. OzWater’15. 2015.
  12. Tesemma Z, Wei Y, Peel M, Western A. The effect of year-to-year variability of leaf area index on Variable Infiltration Capacity model performance and simulation of runoff. ADVANCES IN WATER RESOURCES. Pergamon. 2015, Vol. 83.
  13. Saft M, Western A, Zhang L, Peel M, Potter NJ. The influence of multiyear drought on the annual rainfall-runoff relationship: An Australian perspective. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH. American Geophysical Union. 2015, Vol. 51, Issue 4.
  14. Barria P, Walsh K, Peel M, Karoly D. Uncertainties in runoff projections in southwestern Australian catchments using a global climate model with perturbed physics. JOURNAL OF HYDROLOGY. Elsevier Science. 2015, Vol. 529.
  15. Peel M, McMahon T. Estimating evaporation based on standard meteorological data - progress since 2007. Progress in Physical Geography. Arnold Hodder Headline. 2014, Vol. 38, Issue 2.

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