Professor Marc Parlange

Professor Marc Parlange

Provost & Senior Vice President, Professor in Environmental Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Room 111, 23 College Walk (B60), Clayton Campus

Professor Marc Parlange is the Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University and is Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. Prior to his appointment at Monash in 2017, Professor Parlange was Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia (Canada). He served as Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (2008 – 2013) and Director of the Institute of Environmental Engineering (2004 – 2007) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. He has also been a professor and department chair at Johns Hopkins University as well as Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of California at Davis. He has a Master of Science and PhD from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Griffith University.

A highly regarded research scientist, Professor Parlange is recognised internationally for his expertise in environmental fluid mechanics. His contributions in this broad area primarily relate to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence urban, agricultural and alpine environments. Professor Parlange is active in addressing water resources challenges and environmental change in remote communities, particularly West Africa, through his research on hydrology and climate change.

Professor Parlange has received prestigious awards for his academic achievements, including the Macelwane Medal and the Hydro-logic Sciences Award of the American Geophysical Union, and the Dalton Medal of the European Geo-sciences Union. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Geophysical Union.

Professor Parlange is also a highly regarded graduate advisor and his numerous PhD students and post-doctoral associates have had much international success in universities and industry. In 2010 he was named a recipient of the Agepoly Excellence in Teaching Award from EPFL. He has served as Editor in Chief of Water Resources Research and Editor for Advances in Water Resources. In 2017 he became a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc), Applied Mathematics., Griffith University.
  • Master of Science (MSc) Agricultural Engineering., Cornell University.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Civil and Environmental Engineering., Cornell University.


Environmental Fluid Mechanics.
Water Resources.
Environmental Engineering.

Honors & Awards:

La Polysphere – Agepoly Excellence in Teaching Award EPFL,
honor date 2010. honor issuer, EPFL.

Hydrologic Sciences Award,
honor date 2009. honor issuer, American Geophysical Union.

Dalton Medal,
honor date 2006. honor issuer, European Geo-sciences Union.

NCAR Outstanding Publication Award (Joint with JHU & NCAR colleagues),
honor date 2004. honor issuer, NCAR.

honor date 1997. honor issuer, American Geophysical Union.

Macelwane Medal,
honor date 1997. honor issuer, American Geophysical Union.

Japan Visiting Lecturer Award in Hydrology and Hydraulics,
honor date Jul 1994. honor issuer, Civil Engineering Research Institute, Sapporo.


Organization name APEGBC, Organization date Jun 2015 – Present.

American Geophysical Union, Organization date Apr 1988 – Present organization position Member Publications Committee.



Wind turbines and water in irrigated areas. Publication date Apr 2015  publication description Agricultural Water Management. Publication description Higgins, C.W., K. Vache, M. Calaf, E. Hassanpour, M.B. Parlange, 2015, 152 (April): 299-300.

Adapting tilt corrections and the governing flow equations for steep, fully three-dimensional mountainous terrain. publication date 2015  publication description Boundary Layer Meteorology. Publication description Oldroyd, H.J., E.R. Pardyjak, H. Huwald, and M.B. Parlange, 2015, submitted.

Controls on the diurnal stream flow cycles in a small alpine head water catchment. Publication date 2015  publication description Water Resources Research. Publication description Mutzner, R., S.V. Weijs, P. Tarolli, M. Calaf, H.J. Oldroyd, M.B. Parlange, 2015, submitted.

Spatially heterogeneous drainage densities in a high-altitude alpine catchment and impact on travel time distributions. Publication date 2015  publication description Hydro-logic Processes, submitted.

Suppressed convective rainfall by agricultural expansion in southeastern Burkina Faso. Publication date 2015, Publication description Water Resources Research. Publication description Mande, T., N.C. Ceperley, G.G. Katul, S. Tyler, H, Yacouba, and M.B. Parlange, submitted.

Assessment of the Priestley-Taylor Parameter Value from ERA-Interim Global Reanalysis Data. Publication date 2014  publication description Journal of Hydrology and Environment Research. Publication description Szilagyi, J, M.B. Parlange, and G. Katul, 2014, , in press (Vol. 2:1).

Analytical approximation for the recession of a sloping aquifer. Publication description Water Resources Research. Publication description Hogarth, W.L.; L. Li, D.A. Lockington; F. Stagnitti; M.B. Parlange; D.A. Barry; T.S.Steenhuis; J.-Y. Parlange, 2014, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016084.

On the variability of the Priestley-Taylor coefficient over different water bodies. Publication description Water Resources Research. Publication description Assouline, S, D. Li, S. Tyler, J. Tanny, S. Cohen, E. Bou-Zeid, M. Parlange, and G.G. Katul, submitted.


Last modified: 02/01/2018