Dr Liz Curmi

Research Associate, Low Carbon Materials Processing at Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Research Associate, Low Carbon Materials Processing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

Dr Liz Curmi is a Research Associate in the LCMP in the Department of Engineering. She is working on water aspects of the Foreseer tool. She is developing tools that calculate monthly (and annual) water demand and water supply scenarios over a 30-year timeframe. The model includes the potential impacts that climate change scenarios and increased utilisation of technology such as desalination or water treatment plants could have on future water supplies. The model also includes future changes in precipitation, taking into consideration dry, normal and wet precipitation years. In the future the effects that unique weather events could have on water resources will be included. The water part of the Foreseer tool is integrated with changing water demands from the energy and land sectors to show the linked stresses that an increase in overall demand could have on future water.

Before joining University of Cambridge, Liz completed her PhD at University of York, where she developed a combined hydrological and economic model to test the effectiveness of different policies in water scarce countries. Previously she worked as an environmental consultant, where she was in charge of coordinating several environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments for major infrastructure projects.