Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Technology Sydney, Australia
James Ball is a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, in Sydney Australia. His primary research interest is in the development and application of catchment modelling systems for flood estimation in both Urban and rural catchments. This includes the determination of parameters for these systems and the use of information technology in the determination of these parameters. Through these research activities he has published a number of book chapters, over 50 journal papers and 170 referred conference papers. In 2011 he was awarded the JC Stevens Award by the ASCE for his publication in the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering.
Prior to joining the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Ball obtained experience through research undertaken at universities in Australia, Canada and USA. Professor Ball also obtained experience as a Consulting Engineer and in Government Authorities.
James Ball has been appointed by Engineers Australia as the Editor responsible for the current revision to Australian Rainfall and Runoff. In this role, he is a corresponding member of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering.
In addition to his Engineers Australia activities, he is a member of the editorial boards for the Urban Water Journal, the Journal of Hydroinformatics, and is an Associate Editor for Water Science and Technology and the Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research.
I am honoured to have been selected by the Nominating Committee for continuation in the role of a Vice President of IAHR. I am a member of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney. Due to my role as Editor of the revision to Australian Rainfall & Runoff (ARR) that is the Australian guideline on design flood estimation, I have been leading a team managing the many research projects providing the necessary input into the revision of ARR. These research projects cover the spectrum from science to application and were undertaken by a variety of water research organisation including Universities, Government Agencies, and Private Organisations.
As a member of IAHR since 1985, I have been able to participate in many IAHR activities; particularly in the Hydroinformatics and Urban Drainage Committees. In addition, I was one of the key people involved with organisation of the 2011 World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia. Finally, I have served four years on Council as a member representing the APD and the last two years as a Vice President representing the APD.
I believe my experience in IAHR, my commitment to IAHR and my demonstrated capacity within IAHR provides an excellent background to be an effective VP of IAHR representing the APD.
The Asian region is rapidly growing with many diverse research and application problems of interest to IAHR members. Furthermore, APD membership within IAHR is growing highlighting the relevance of IAHR to these problems. This illustrates the appeal of membership in IAHR to the full spectrum of activities (science to application) in the hydro-environmental sciences. This desirability of IAHR membership is important if IAHR is to remain the pre-eminent Association in the hydro-environmental sciences.
If elected as a VP of IAHR, I would aim to:
Encourage collegiality between members recognising the many diverse views, thematic areas of interest and backgrounds;
Ensure member, both individual and corporate, access to rigorous technical discussions and publications covering the spectrum of activities from science to application;
Encourage the exchange of knowledge within the many fields where IAHR members (both individual and corporate) are active;
Enhance our relationships with water related associations where the thematic activities of IAHR members overlap with those associations; and
Assist the President in his role.
I believe that the future of IAHR is exciting and I would welcome the opportunity to serve IAHR as Vice president.