Dr. David Plinston

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Extensive experience of the water resources issues associated with development projects including hydro-power, irrigation and water supply as well as basic water resource inventory evaluation and development planning.
Full Name
Dr. David Theodore Plinston
Year of Birth
1941
Nationality
British
Profession
Hydrologist
Range of Experience
Dr. Plinston has extensive experience of the water resources issues associated with development projects including hydro-power, irrigation and water supply as well as basic water resource inventory evaluation and development planning. He has carried out many studies involving reservoir operation, rainfall-runoff modelling, and water resource evaluation from scarce data. Dr. Plinston has broad experience of a range of climatic and environmental regimes having worked in many countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and the Far East. He is fully computer oriented and can draw from a range of commercial and specialized software.
Career Summary
  • 1994-date Director/Associate, Water Resource Associates
  • 1990-date Independent consultant in water resources evaluation and planning
  • 1973-1985 Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
  • 1972-1973 Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners, UK
  • 1965-1972 Institute of Hydrology, Wallingford, UK
Education
  • 1962 B.Sc (Eng) in Civil Engineering, University of London
  • 1966 Ph.D University of London
Professional Affiliation
British Hydrological Society
Key Assignments
  • Systems analyst for the ADB-funded South Java Flood Control Sector Project (Indonesia).
  • Water resources evaluation, river basin and system simulation modelling, including irrigation, urban and industrial and hydropower elements (China, Cambodia, Yemen, Lesotho).
  • Water resource investigations and flood analysis for mini-hydro development (Malawi).
  • Studies of the water balance of Lake Victoria and potential for hydropower extension (E Africa).
  • Strengthening local capabilities in systems analysis and river basin modelling (India, Yemen).
  • Studies of arid zone hydrology for spate irrigation, artificial recharge (Pakistan, Jordan).
  • Research into reservoir operation analysis techniques (UK).
  • Advisory missions for international organisations (UNDP, World Bank, FAO) on project preparation and appraisal (Nepal, China, Nigeria).
Country Experience
United Kingdom. East Asia: China, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan. South Asia: Nepal, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Middle East: Yemen, Oman, Jordan, Iran
Languages
English
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