Gwyn is a hydrologist who specialises in regional low flows, droughts, water resources and mountain hydrology. His hydrological expertise has been gained through his involvement in a wide range of commercial research projects in Europe and South Asia, for such clients as DFID, Defra, the Environment Agency, the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, Eurostat, Unilever and the World Bank. Gwyn maintains a strong interest in environmental informatics and hydrological data management.
Gwyn has worked at CEH since 1993. He presently is Science Area Lead for Water Resources, responsible for defining CEH’s water resources research and overseeing a portfolio of c.40 active projects having a value of approximately £4.5M annually. He also is a Section Head, with line-management responsibility for some 45 staff. He was appointed to both roles in October 2014. Previously (from April 2009) he was Director of Environmental Informatics, responsible for CEH’s environmental informatics R&D programme and the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC). He was Head of the National River Flow Archive (NRFA) from 2006-2009 and before that (from 1993) an applied hydrologist, focussing on low flows, drought and water resources problems in Europe and South Asia. Before joining CEH, Gwyn worked for Wessex Water as an Analyst/Programmer from 1987-1991, where he developed databases and software to support the water supply and wastewater disposal parts of the business.
Gwyn serves (or has served) on many panels, boards and committees in NERC, at UK-level and internationally, including: the CEH Science Board; the NERC Information Strategy Group; the CIWEM Water Resources Panel; the UKEOF Coordinating Climate Observations Group; the UK National Committee for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); the IAHS Ltd. Board of Directors & Trustees; the WMO Commission of Hydrology (CHy) Open Panel of CHy Experts; and the Steering Committee of the UNESCO-IHP HKH FRIEND project.
Gwyn graduated from Swansea University with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Computational Modelling and Finite Element Analysis. He has a PhD from the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Salford, for his work on the “Potential Impacts of Climatic Warming on Glacier-fed River Flows in the Himalaya.”