Professional summary

Wilson is a Hydroclimatologist at UKCEH within the Hydrological Status and Outlooks Group. He is involved as a researcher within the "Climate Change in the Arctic and North Atlantic Region and Impacts on the UK" (CANARI) project. He is also involved in research in the UK Hydrological Outlooks and the National Hydrological Monitoring Programme. His research interests include hydrological modelling, droughts and climate change impacts. 

He is currently finishing a PhD at the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading focused on advancing understanding of the present day and future risk of extreme hydrological droughts in the UK. His PhD research seeks to demonstrate an approach to create plausible worst case droughts by combining observations, historic river flow reconstructions and large ensemble climate model simulations. He also completed a postgraduate fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), producing a parliamentary briefing on Climate Adaptation for Nature. 


  • BSc Physical Geography, University College London (UCL), 2017
  • MSc Climate Change, University College London (UCL), 2018
Other Publications

Chan, W.C.H., Arnell, N.W., Darch, G., Facer-Childs, K., Shepherd, T.G., Tanguy, M., van der Wiel, K., 2023. Current and future risk of unprecedented hydrological droughts in Great Britain. Journal of Hydrology 130074.

Chan, W.C.H and Wentworth J., 2022. Climate Adaptation for Nature. UK Parliament.

Chan, W.C.H., Thompson, J.R., Taylor, R.G., Nay, A.E., Ayenew, T., MacDonald, A.M., Todd, M.C., 2020. Uncertainty assessment in river flow projections for Ethiopia’s Upper Awash Basin using multiple GCMs and hydrological models. Hydrological Sciences Journal 65, 1720–1737.