Associate Professor Earl Bardsley

Earl Bardsley

Associate Professor (Hydrology)

Qualifications: BSc(Hons) Otago MSc Otago PhD Otago

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About Earl

Journal publications are listed in the orcid link above. I work in a range of fields in theoretical and applied hydrology, including stochastic hydrology and investigating pumped storage possibilities at Onslow in the South Island.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

PhD         (chief supervisor)

MSc         (chief supervisor)

  • Waters, Amy (2019). Lake level forecasting for hydro power operation in the Clutha catchment.
  • Hampton, George (2016). Evaluation of a proposed aquifer recharge system, Poverty Bay Flats.
  • Qiao, Ying (2012). Detecting signals of climatic shifts and land use change from precipitation and river discharge variations: the Whanganui and Waikato catchments.
  • Hopkirk, Carrie (2011). Forecasting Lake Waikaremoana water availability for hydro power.
  • Vavae, Hillia (2008). A simple forecasting scheme for predicting low rainfalls in Funafuti, Tuvalu.
  • Jelley, Neil (2007). Forecasting seasonal drawdowns in Whangamata town supply wells.
  • Bear, Sarah (2005). Hydrological evaluation of pumped storage in the Onslow-Manorburn basin.
  • Kerr, Justin (2004). Assessing the hydrological implications of the Wilsonville quarry expansion at Hikurangi, Northland.
  • Bigham, Aiden (2003). A feasibility study on deep well injection as a means of disposing Kawerau effluent.
  • Campbell, Amy (2002). Efficiency evaluation for the Waitaki hydropower scheme.


  • Nalder, Guinevere (2006). Submerged thin plate weirs with unequal upstream and downstream beds.

BSc (Hons)

  • Johnstone, Sarah (2009). Forecasting seasonal inflows into Lake Taupo, North Island, New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • Developing hydrological models with optimal simplicity
  • Agent-based groundwater models
  • Hydro power hydrology and data-based hydroclimatic forecasting
  • Finite mixture models of solute transport in the environment


  • Meridian Energy Senior Research Fellow, 2000-2005
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 2011
  • New Zealand Hydrological Society Award For Outstanding Achievement, 2011


Environment Issues; Environmental Risks; Environmental Science and Technology; Resource Management

Contact Details

Room: EF.1.02
Phone: +64 7 858 5011