Dr Elias Nkiaka

Dr Elias Nkiaka


Dr Nkiaka is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. He is an interdisciplinary scientist working at the interface of water, climate and society. Generally, his research aims to bridge the gap between science and policy by using a combination of social and applied sciences to build models that frame public policy.He is fluent in English and French and capable of engaging stakeholders in both languages. He has extensive knowledge in using hydrological models from simple conceptual, semi-distributed to fully distributed models.

Dr Nkiaka also has experience in conducting hydrological research in data-scarce regions such as the Lake Chad basin in Africa. Due to data scarcity in Africa, he uses mostly remote sensing and reanalysis datasets for his hydrological modelling tasks. Dr Nkiaka also uses advanced computational techniques such as Artificial Neural Networks - Self-Organizing Maps (ANN-SOM),  Multiple Imputation to infill missing observations in hydrometeorological time series. He is also capable of using different software packages to manipulate big hydro-meteorological data sets and to use different statistical techniques to determine the statistical characteristics of this data.  I use GIS for different types of analysis and also to facilitate hydrological model(s) building.

Nkiaka was a VLIR Scholarship holder in Belgium from 2008 -2010 where he studied for a Masters in Water Resources Engineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Vrije Universiteit Brussels and graduated with Distinction.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2017 and was supervised by Professor Jon Lovett. Dr Nkiaka publised nine papers in peer reviewed journals during his PhD.

His current research project focus on identifying users' needs and uptake for weather and climate information services for Africa.

Research interests

  • Water security and climate change
  • Forecasting drought and flood
  • Climate adaptation and development
  • Water-energy-food nexus
  • Environmental flows
  • Impacts of environmental change on the hydrology of the Lake Chad Basin
  • Weather and climate information services for Africa
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  • PhD, Hydrology/Water Resources Management and Public Policy, University of Leeds
  • Master of Water Resources Engineering, KU Leuven/VU Brussels
  • BSc, Civil Engineering, University of Douala