Frank Farquharson

Frank-Farquharson, wra, water resource associates
Hydrologist and Water Resources Development. Extensive experience in hydrology and water resource assessment and development and has worked extensively in the UK, Europe and other parts of the world. Has specialised in flood estimation and on water resource assessment.
Full Name
Francis Alexander Keith Farquharson
Year of Birth
Chartered Civil Engineer & Hydrologist
Range of Experience
Frank Farquharson has extensive experience in hydrology and water resource assessment and development and has worked extensively in the UK and Europe and also throughout Africa, the Indian sub-continent, south-east Asia and the Middle East for the past 39 years. He worked as a hydrologist for Thames Water Authority for two years on groundwater augmentation schemes and development of real-time flood forecasting systems. Until 2006, he worked for the Institute of Hydrology at Wallingford in the UK (now called the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology), initially as part of the team responsible for publication of the UK Flood Studies Report in 1975, and subsequently on a wide range of applied hydrological problems worldwide. He has specialised in flood estimation and real-time flood forecasting studies, and on water resource assessment and management projects over a wide range of climates.
Career Summary
  • 2006 - Present, Partner, Water Resource Associates LLP, UK.
  • 1974-2006 Hydrologist and Water Resources Planner, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford, UK (formerly called the Institute of Hydrology); From 1985, Head of Water Resources Group; From 2003-2006: Deputy Head of Hydrological Risks and Resources Division.
  • 1972-1974 Hydrologist, Thames Conservancy (later Thames Water Authority), UK
  • 1970 BSc Environmental Sciences, Lancaster University
  • 1972 MSc Hydrology (by research and Thesis), Lancaster University
Professional Affiliation
  • Member Institution of Civil Engineers & Chartered Civil Engineer since 1979  
  • Member of British Hydrological Society since 1983, President 2007-2009  
  • Company Secretary to International Association of Hydrological Sciences Ltd
Key Assignments
  • Hydrologist within System Integrator consultants supporting Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Nepal. Responsible for specification and procurement of hydrological equipment.
  • World Bank funded Hydrology Project in India (2008-13). Responsible for specification procurement of hydrometric equipment. Also responsible for assisting participating States undertake a series of applied studies.
  • Technical team leader of a study to develop a new water release and abstraction policy for Lake Victoria Basin in Africa to replace the ‘Agreed Curve’ release policy.
  • Review of designs of Songwe Lower Dam and associated irrigation scheme, Tanzania and for estimation of climate change impacts on water resources and hydropower potential across SADC region of Africa.
  • Project leader of an EU funded project to help national water resources agencies in Africa, Chile and Khazakstan develop integrated water resource management plans and encourage implementation of the EU Water Initiative.
  • Project leader for SADC-HYCOS project. Installation of hydrometric equipment at 50 river gauging stations in 10 countries of SADC which report data back in real time using data collection platforms via METOESAT.
  • Flood estimation studies in Indonesia, Somaliland, Georgia and Azerbaijan
  • Flood estimates for protection of existing Sangachal oil & gas terminal in Azerbaijan & for its proposed expansion and for a major new gas terminal in Central Oman.
  • Implementation of real-time flood forecasting systems in UK, Indonesia, India and Hong Kong.
Country Experience
United Kingdom, Angola, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Eritrea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Korea, Jordan, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Fluent in English and good knowledge of Portuguese & French
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