CV

CURRICULUM VITAE

Name: Nils Roar Sælthun
Nationality: Norwegian
Date of birth: 6 Apr 1946
Civil status: Married
Profession: Hydrologist
Specialisation: Hydrology, Hydroinformatics

Key qualification:

  • Extensive experience in practical applications of hydrological models; simulation, forecasting and implementation.
  • Development of methodology for design flood estimation.
  • Development and implementation of software and systems for general hydrological data processing and analysis. Data base implementations, including interfacing of logging and telemetring systems. Implementation of environmental information systems.
  • Water resources management.
  • Hydropower hydrology.
  • Cold regions hydrology.
  • Climate change impacts on water resources.
  • Broad experience in teaching, lecturing and tuition.

Education:

1968: B.Sc., University of Oslo; Main subjects: Math., Physics, Geophysics
1972: M.Sc. in Geophysics, University of Oslo; Main subjects: Hydrology and Meteorology.

Other training:

1976 Hydrocomp simulation workshop, London
1972 – 1984 Various postgraduate courses

Employment Record:

2013 – University Center in Svalbard, Department of Technology: Part time (20%) professorship in hydrology. Responsible for undergraduate course AT-209, Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change
2013 – University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: Professor Emeritus. Responsible for various graduate/postgraduate courses and M.Sc. supervision
2005 – 2013 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: Department Head. 120 employees, Turnover 120 mill NOK/year
1995 – 2005 Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Oslo, Norway: Research Manager, Hydrology/Hydroinformatics; Head of Freshwater Ecology Research Department; Research Director, Freshwater Ecology and Technology Department
National and international projects on hydrology, hydrological modelling, and environmental information systems
1987 – 2005 University of Oslo, Department of Geophysics/Geosciences: Part time (20%) professorship in hydrology. Responsible for graduate/postgraduate course GF346, Hydrological modelling. Lectures and tuition at all levels, research (Climate change, uncertainty in hydrology)
1976 – 1995 Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Administration, Hydrology Department, Oslo: Hydrologist, Section of Urban Hydrology; Hydrologist, EDP division; Senior hydrologist, EDP division; Chief Engineer, Head of EDP division; Special adviser, HydrologyDevelopment and testing of models for runoff simulation and forecasting, implementation of forecasting systems for hydropower plants, computer interfaces for recording and telemetring equipment, reservoir operation simulation, simulation of flow in hydraulic systems. Responsible for hydropower related projects, climatic change projects (Norwegian and Nordic) and international co-operation on flood estimation. Database development, data processing and information systems.
1972 – 1975 University of Oslo, Department of Geophysics: Senior research assistant.Lecturing (general hydrology), supervision of M.Sc. students, research on modelling of saturated/unsaturated soil water movement.
1971 Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Department of Hydrometeorology, Oslo: Meteorologist. Participated in development of EDP systems for control of precipitation data.

 Experience:

2015 “Development of Benefit/Cost Analysis tools for mitigation measures against geohazards”. Client: Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Norway.
2015 “Hydrological review of five feasibility studies in Rwanda”. Client: Norfund. Hydrologist.
Activities performed: Quality assurance of feasibility studies for five minihydro projects. Rwanda.
2012 – 2013 “Study on Water Availability for Irrigation and Hydropower Production on Shire River at Kapichira Falls”. Client: Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation. Hydrologist
Activities performed: Hydrology update; Climatic variability. Malawi.
2011 – 2013 “Detailed Design of the Upgraded Kamuzu Barrage”. Client: Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation. Hydrologist
Activities performed: Planning upgrade of hydrometeorological network; Flood warning system; Contribute to establishment of of operation rules; Hydrology update; Design flood estimation. Malawi.
2011 – 2013 “Impact of climate and landuse change on hydrological response (surface and sub-subsurface) of Beas basin”. Client: Research Councils of Norway and India. Advisor. Activities performed: Field visits, data survey, advise young reseachers. Himachal Pradesh, India.
2001 – 2006 “Environmentally friendly operation of hydropower plants in altered climatic and energy policy regimes”. Client: Research Council of Norway. Positions held: Project Manager, Steering group member. Activities: Project management, hydrology.
2002 – 2003 “Estudios Ambientales del Proyecto de Aprovechamiento Múltiple Alto Yuna”. Client: Instituto National de Recursos Hidraulicos. Team leader water resources
Activities performed: Hydrological assessment and simulations of downstream effects and water availabilty, i.a. for irrigation systems. GIS and modelling. Dominican Republic
2001 – 2003 “Agro-ecological and Rainwater Drainage Study of Sub-basin III of the Southern Basin of Lake Managua”. Client: Alcaldía de Managua. Hydrologist
Activities performed: GIS, modelling of flood Levels. Nicaragua.
2000 – 2004 “SCANNET – Scandinavian/North European Network of terrestrial Field Bases”. Client: EU Framework Programme 5. Position held: WP Manager, Member of Steering Committee. Activities performed: Compilation of climate change scenarios. Northern Europe.
1999 – 2001 “National Hydropower Plan Study”. Client: Electricity of Vietnam. Water resources and data base expert
Activities performed: Establishment of database for hydropower schemes and impact parameters; GIS. Vietnam.
1998 – 2001 “DART – Dynamic Response of the Forest-Tundra Ecotone”. Project for EU DG XII. Responsible for hydrological modelling.
1997 – 2000 “New Generation Hydrological Models”. Inter-institutional Norwegian programme for development of distributed models. Client: Norwegian Research Council. Project Manager.
1997 – 1998 Water management in the Dniepr cascade. Client: Ukrenergo. Hydrologist. Activities performed: Software Development for flood forecasting and hydropower optimization.
1996 – 1997 Resident Co-ordinator for the Norwegian Institutional Co-operation Programme with the Palestinian Water Authority. Middle East.
1996 – 1998 “Hydra”. Norwegian inter-institutional program on assessment of human impacts on floods. Co-ordinator for project on Risk Analysis.
1995 – 1996 Advisor to the Palestinian Water Authority on Data Banks implementation. Middle East.
1994 – 1997 “New guidelines for regional flood estimation for Norwegian rivers”. Client: Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. Hydrologist. Activities performed: Statistical analysis of floods. Norway.
1994 – 1996 “Isohydat map project”. Norwegian inter-institutional project for development of new methodology for objective mapping of water balance elements. Responsible for development of gridded water balance model.
1994 – 1996 Lesotho/Zambia:Development and implementation of information system and database for the Zambezi river. South African Development Community project (ZACPRO).
1993 Tanzania: Evaluation of the Pangani Basin Water Office.
1992 – 1997 “Climate Change and Energy Production”. Nordic project (Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian participation) on evaluation of climate change impacts on runoff and hydropower production. Project manager. Client: Nordic Council of Ministers.
1990 – 1994 “River System Simulator”. Norwegian inter-institutional project on development of integrated software system for WRM projects. Responsible for data modelling (ER model).
1990 – 1993 “FRIEND – Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data”. Co-ordinator for project 4: “Techniques for extreme rainfall and runoff estimation”. French, English, Czech and Norwegian participation.
1990 “Climate Change and Water Resources”. Project in the Norwegian Interministerial Climate Change Study. Project leader.
1985 – 1986 Moçambique: Processing of hydrological data for evaluation of expansion plans for Chicamba-Mavuzi hydropower system. Preparation, transfer and translation of energy production simulation models for short and long term operation planning to microcomputer systems at Electricidade de Moçambique.
1984 – 1988 “Operational forecasting model for hydropower plants”. Norwegian inter-institutional project for development of commercial software system for hydrological forecasting. Responsible for hydrological simulation and error prediction module.
1983 – 1985 Dominican Republic: Responsible for hydrologic part of prefeasibility study on small and medium sized hydropower plants in Rio Yaque del Sur in co-operation with staff of Corporacíon Dominicana de Electricidad. Study ranged from quality control of primary data to reservoir simulation and sensitivity analysis.
1981 – 1984 “Multiobjective Planning in Water Resources”. Research project at University of Oslo.
1980 – 1982 “New Methodology for Design Flood Estimation”. Development of methodology and guidelines for design flood estimation in Norway. Member of project team.
1979 – 1981 “Vestlandsverkene Hydropower Production Decision Support System”. Development and implementation of hydrological forecasting and operation simulation system for several hydropower plants in Western Norway. Responsible for hydrological and hydraulic modules.
1978 – 1979 “AVB Forecasting System”. Implementation of operational forecasting system for Bøylefoss Hydropower Plant.
1977 – 1978 “The Modelling Committee”. Development and verification of models for hydrological forecasting. Member of project team.
1976 “PRA -Project on Waste Water Management”. Team member on subproject on urban hydrology; field work, data processing and analysis.

Professional Societies:

1980 – Norwegian Geophysical Society, member
1980 – 1992 International Association of Hydrological Sciences – National Representative
Norwegian Society of Chartered Engineers, member
Nordic Association for Hydrology, member

Member of boards and committees, etc.:

1986 – 1996 International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) Technical Committee on Design Floods (1986-1992), Technical Committee on Dam Safety (1995-1996)
1994 – 1997 Norwegian IGBP Committee, member
1997 – 2000 Norwegian Global Change Committee, member
1999 – 2003 Norwegian Hydrological Council/Norwegian IHP Committee, Chair
2005 – 2012 National Advisory Committee on Geoscience, Chair

Academic Committees, etc

1990 Admasu Gebeyehu, Ph.D., Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Opponent and member of adjudication committee.
1990 Knut Sand, Ph.D. (Dr. ing), Norwegian Institute of Technology. Opponent and member of adjudication committee.
1992 John Tveit, Professor competence, Norwegian Institute of Technology. Member of adjudication committee.
1996 Philippe Crochet, Approval of French Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oslo. Member of adjudication committee.
1997 Irina Krasovskaia, Ph.D. (Dr. philos.), University of Oslo. Administrator.
1998 Trond Rinde, Ph.D. (Dr. ing.), Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Opponent and member of adjudication committee.
1999 Knut Tore Alfredsen, Ph.D. (Dr. ing.), Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Opponent and member of adjudication committee.
2000 Stein Beldring, Ph.D., University of Oslo. Member and administrator of adjudication committee.
2000 Associate Professor Position in Hydrology, Norwegian University of Technology. Member of Evaluation committee.
2000 Kolbjørn Engeland, Ph.D., University of Oslo. Member and administrator of adjudication committee.
2000 Promotion to Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Member of Evaluation committee.
2002 Hege Hisdal, Ph.D., University of Oslo. Member and administrator of adjudication committee.
2005 – date Promotion Committe, Norwegian Institute for Water Research. External Member.
2006 Bergen Research Foundation Grant to Young Scientists. Reviewer.
2007 Evaluation of the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM). Member of the evaluation committee.
2008 Professor position in Hydrology, University of Life Science. Member of Evaluation committee.
2009 Evaluation of Study Program at the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Life Science. Member of Evaluation committee.
2010-date Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy. Member of Scientific Committee.
2011 Promotion to Senior Researcher, Bioforsk – Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research. Member of Evaluation committee.
2012 Associate Professor position in Geology, University College of Sogn and Fjordane. Member of the Evaluation Committee.
2012 Adjunct position in Hydraulic and Engineering Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Member of the Evaluation Committee.
2015 Rafael Roderiguez Ochoa, Ph.D., University of Oslo. Member and administrator of adjudication committee.

Teaching:

1987 – 2003 University of Oslo, Department of Geophysics: GF346/GF348 Hydrological modelling; Course responsibility, lecturing
1990 – 1999 University of Oslo, Department of Geophysics: GF-GG141 Hydrology; Lecturing
1992 – 2000 Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Continuing Education: Dam Safety II; Lecturing
2000 – 2014 University of Life Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology: THT300 Water Engineering; Lecturing
2000 – 2003 University of Oslo, Department of Geophysics: GF247 Use of models in operational hydrology; Lecturing
2003 – 2005 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO4320 Hydrological modelling; Lecturing
2004 – 2005 University Centre in Svalbard, Department of Arctic Geology: AG204 The Physical Geography of Svalbard; Lecturing
2010 – date University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO2010 Surface hydrology; Lecturing
2012 – date University Centre in Svalbard, Department of Arctic Technology: AT209 Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change; Course responsibility, lecturing
2013 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO4171 Floods and landslides; Course responsibility, lecturing
2014 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO4320 Hydrological modeling; Course responsibility, lecturing
2015 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO4340 Fluvial Hydrology; main lecturer
2015 University of Oslo, Department of Geosciences: GEO3020 Soil- and groundwater; lecturing

Supervision:

1993 – 1996 Krassimir Stanev, Ph.D. Bulgarian Academy of Science: “Modelling of the snowmelt discharge for Bulgarian mountain catchments”
1997 – 1998 Heidi Anette Grønsten, M.Sc. University of Oslo/UNIS: “Hydrological Studies and Simulations of a High Arctic Catchment Longyearelva, Spitsbergen”
1999 – 2000 Jonas Johnsen, M.Sc. University of Oslo/UNIS: “Processes in the Arctic snow pack, and formation of bottom ice”
2006 – 2007 Line Johanne Barkved, M.Sc. University of Oslo: “Estimation of extreme floods: At-site flood estimates by application of a hydrological model and long synthetic series of precipitation and temperature”
2013 Monika Rødin Lund, M.Sc. University of Oslo: “En studie av skredaktiviteten i Arnegårdslia i Nes kommune, Hallingdal – Utløsende årsaker og menneskelig påvirkning”
2013 Hongliang Xu, Ph.D. University of Oslo: “Impacts on the density and location of rain gauges on performances of hydrological models”
2014 Simona Brazauskaite, M.Sc. University of Oslo: “Bruk av isohydatkart for estimering av avrenning i umålte felt. Et eksempel for Østlandet”
2014 Berhanu Dinku, M.Sc. University of Oslo: “Vulnerability and Resilience of Critical Infrastructures due to floods and slides – Case study of Norwegian railway infrastructures”
2015-2016 Solveig Andersdatter Helland, M.Sc. University of Oslo: Improved prediction on water level rise in extreme flood events at ungauged sites.

Reviewer for the following scientific journals:
Nordic Hydrology, Hydrological Sciences Journal, Contributions to Atmospheric Physics, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Hydrology Research, The Cryosphere, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, JGR-Biogeoscience, Journal of Environmental Engineering.

Countries worked in:

Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Moçambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi, Middle East, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Vietnam, India, Rwanda

Languages:

English Excellent
German Good
Spanish Good
French Fair
Arabic Some

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Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015
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