Researchers at UCD


Fiachra O'Loughlin

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Civil Engineering
Richview Newstead Block C
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7163222


I am an University College graduate for both my undergraduate (B.E. (Civil)) and my PhD. My PhD was funded from an University College Dublin Ad Astra scholarship and the topic was "Assessment of Radar with hydrological models for use in flood modelling in Ireland" completed in 2012.
After my PhD, I was appointed as a Research Associate in the School of Geographical Sciences in the University of Bristol. I worked there for three and a half years on a Leverhulme Project on "Understanding the hydrodynamics of the Congo Basin".
In 2016, I was appointed a Senior Lecture of Hydrology in the University of the West of England. I was module leader on an undergraduate and masters modules. In July 2016, I took up a Senior Research Associate position in Civil Engineering in the University of Bristol working on "integrated water resources assessment in data sparse transboundary river basins".
In December 2016, I took up a position as a Assistant Professor in the School of Civil Engineering in University College Dublin.



Book Chapters

Desta, Mesfin B. and O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Bruen, Michael (2012) 'Potential of radar data for flood forecasting and warning in lowland catchments in Ireland' In: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. , pp.484-489 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Yamazaki, Dai and Ikeshima, Daiki and Tawatari, Ryunosuke and Yamaguchi, Tomohiro and O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Neal, Jeffery C. and Sampson, Christopher C. and Kanae, Shinjiro and Bates, Paul D. (2017) 'A high-accuracy map of global terrain elevations'. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (11):5844-5853. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
O'Loughlin, FE and Paiva, RCD and Durand, M and Alsdorf, DE and Bates, PD (2016) 'A multi-sensor approach towards a global vegetation corrected SRTM DEM product'. Remote Sensing of Environment, 182 :49-59. [DOI] [Details]
Alsdorf, Douglas and Beighley, Ed and Laraque, Alain and Lee, Hyongki and Tshimanga, Raphael and O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Mahé, Gil and Dinga, Bienvenu and Moukandi, Guy and Spencer, Robers (2016) 'Opportunities for hydrologic research in the Congo Basin'. Reviews of Geophysics, . [DOI] [Details]
O'Loughlin, Fiachra E and Neal, Jeffrey and Yamazaki, Dai and Bates, Paul D (2016) 'ICESat-derived inland water surface spot heights'. Water Resources Research, 52 (4):3276-3284. [DOI] [Details]
Yamazaki, Dai and O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Trigg, Mark A and Miller, Zachary F and Pavelsky, Tamlin M and Bates, Paul D (2014) 'Development of the global width database for large rivers'. Water Resources Research, 50 (4):3467-3480. [DOI] [Details]
O'Loughlin, F and Trigg, MA and Schumann, GJ-P and Bates, PD (2013) 'Hydraulic characterization of the middle reach of the Congo River'. Water Resources Research, 49 (8):5059-5070. [Details]
Sampson, Christopher C and Fewtrell, Timothy J and O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Pappenberger, Florian and Bates, Paul B and Freer, Jim E and Cloke, Hannah L (2014) 'The impact of uncertain precipitation data on insurance loss estimates using a flood catastrophe model'. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 18 (6):2305-2324. [DOI] [Details]
O'Loughlin, Fiachra and Bruen, Michael and Wagener, Thorsten (2013) 'Parameter sensitivity of a watershed-scale flood forecasting model as a function of modelling time-step'. Nordic Hydrology, 44 (2):334-350. [DOI] [Details]
Bruen, M and O'Loughlin, F (2014) 'Towards a nonlinear radar-gauge adjustment of radar via a piece-wise method'. Meteorological Applications, 21 (3):675-683. [DOI] [Details]
Mockler, Eva M and O'Loughlin, Fiachra E and Bruen, Michael (2016) 'Understanding hydrological flow paths in conceptual catchment models using uncertainty and sensitivity analysis'. Computers and Geosciences, 90 :66-77. [DOI] [Details]


Research Interests

  • Remote sensing and water resources
  • Hydrological modelling
  • Flood inundation and risk modelling
  • Resilience and Climate Change
  • Water resources model development and sensitivity analysis

Research Projects

Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Linking the ViC and LISFLOOD-FP models over Africa
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-17 / 30-SEP-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : OBRSS Research Support Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 01-NOV-17 / 31-OCT-20



Modules Coordinated

201700   CVEN40330     Civil Engineering: Construction Management
201700   CVEN20070     Civil Engineering: Computer Applications in Civil
201700   CVEN40700     Civil Engineering: Water Engineering