Aqualinc Team

Dr Nick Dudley Ward

DPhil, CPEng, FRGS 

Principal Engineer

Nick has over 25 years of experience as an engineer, scientist, and humanitarian. He has a track record for communicating complex issues with clarity to diverse stakeholders across university, industry, government policy and humanitarian endeavours.
He has lectured in many universities around the world including the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, on topics spanning mathematics, statistics, and engineering. His research and engineering experience and expertise includes groundwater and hydraulics, military and civil field engineering, computational engineering, and geophysics. Most recently he was Director of Humanitarian Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he developed a world first field programme focused on emergency engineering in a New Zealand and Pacific Island context. The sustainable development goals and climate change adaptation were key features of the programme. 

Previous experience includes City of London risk analyst, Lloyd’s of London insurance market assessment and modelling of catastrophic physical risks and disaster risk reduction, consulting engineer, and director of a non-profit organisation focused on climate change effects on groundwater. 

Nick’s research is at the forefront of developing scientific methods for accurately mapping groundwater systems. A particular area of focus has been helping vulnerable Pacific Island communities understand the impacts of sea level rise on marginal groundwater resources, visit He recently designed and built instrumentation systems and carried out extensive field trials in Tasmania, resulting in significant improvements in measurement data quality. 

Nick follows the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports closely and has recently finished writing Water Sketches: Climate Challenges, Calamities and Adaptations. He is currently writing Climate Change Adaptation: what it means for me and my family, as well as a treatise Seismic and Electrostatic Methods for Groundwater Exploration. He is committed to using his experience and expertise in planning and capacity building to help communities adjust to future uncertainties. 

Nick is a column editor for the Harvard Data Science Review, visit

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