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Dr Kevin Sene

Honorary Researcher

Kevin Sene

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Research overview

Research Interests

Kevin is a scientist and writer who has published three scientific books in the areas of floods, hydrology and climate, including an award-winning book on hydrometeorology.

As a Royal Academy of Engineering Visitor Professor, he is contributing to teaching by delivering practical experience-based case studies on climate risks to engineering projects.

Now an independent consultant, past employers have included a large engineering consultancy and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, working on consultancy and research projects in climate, hydrology and hydrometeorology in the UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.

He is sole or joint author of more than 50 scientific and conference papers in the areas of water resources, flood forecasting, hydraulic modelling, flood estimation, climatology, micrometeorology, fluid mechanics and hydrometric data management.

Another interest is developing techniques for characterising tidal bores, which are spectacular waves that sweep inland on the highest tides. Examples include the Severn Bore in Gloucestershire, the Arnside Bore in Cumbria and Lancaster's very own tidal bore: the Lune Tidal Bore.

His author website is: www.meteowriter.com


Professional Role

Kevin has more than thirty years' experience on consultancy and research projects in the UK and overseas, including in the USA, Spain, France, Italy, Lebanon, India, Sri Lanka, Central Asia, Sumatra, the Caribbean, and most countries in southern and eastern Africa. Clients have included Defra, DFID, the Environment Agency, European Commission, GIZ, SEPA, water companies, and the World Bank. He has published books on flash floods, hydrometeorology and flood warning, forecasting and emergency response, plus guides to the Mersey Estuary in Liverpool and Wirral, tidal bores and the coast of Cumbria and the Lake District. He is also a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng, MICE), WMO Hydrology Expert and a Fellow of both the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

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