Our research group is interested in understanding the climatic and anthropogenic drivers of river systems and flooding. We seek to attribute and forecast changes in fluvial systems and hydrological extremes in the context of contemporary shifts in both climate and land cover, over daily to multidecadal timescales. We develop computational, data-driven and ensemble-based methods for understanding and projecting fluvial and hydroclimatic change.
On these webpages you will find updates on our current research (below), publications, outreach activities, talks/conferences, and some information about the group members and about me. If you are interested in undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral research in any of the above areas, please do check guidance here and get in touch!
Update: Our review paper, ‘Using R in hydrology: a review of recent developments and future directions‘, has been accepted, and excitingly is the most downloaded paper in HESS in the last 12 months! (https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/most_downloaded_recent.html)
The PDF can be downloaded here: https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/23/2939/2019/
I’m delighted to announce that I have just taken on the role of Chair for the Oxford Water Network (OWN), which includes 150 academics across the university. The role involves setting the agenda for water research across the University, heading the OWN leadership team, overseeing our events (seminars, conferences, and other activities), and growing the network (partners, members, and beyond). OWN is also one of Oxford’s Networks for the Environment (ONE). Please do reach out if you are interested!
Our paper: Berghuijs, W., Harrigan, S., Molnar, P., Slater, L., Kirchner, J., The relative importance of different flood-generating mechanisms across Europe, has just been accepted in Water Resources Research (doi: 10.1029/2019WR024841)
Contact us via ResearchGate (here) for further details or if you would like a copy.
Our paper – Neri, A., Villarini, G., Slater, L.J., Napolitano, F. (2019) On the statistical attribution of the frequency of flood events across the U.S. Midwest – has just been published in Advances in Water Resources
At the EGU General Assembly in Vienna this year, I will be:
- Co-convening the oral session ‘Hydrological extremes: from droughts to floods’ (Orals | Posters; HS2.4.1) on Monday 8th April, Orals 8:30-15:45, room B; Posters 16:15–18:00, hall A (unfortunately the poster session overlaps with the short course below)
- Co-convening the short course ‘Using R in Hydrology‘ on Monday 8th, 16:15-18:00, room -2.16 (basement!). Also presenting a talk on ‘Parallel and HPC computing for hydrologists’.
- Co-author on ‘Intensity-Duration-Frequency curves at the global scale‘ (Courty et al., EGU2019-2122), on Tuesday 9th, 10:50 am, PICO spot 5b (10:30-12:30) in session HS7.7, Hydroclimatic and hydrometeorologic stochastics.
- Presenting our recent paper ‘Using R in Hydrology‘ (Slater et al., EGU2019-2823), on Friday 12th, 8:46 am. PICO spot 5b (8:30-10:15) in session HS1.2.7, Innovative methods to facilitate open science and data analysis in hydrology.
Other planned talks for 2019 are listed here.
I’m excited to present two papers at the AGU Fall meeting in Washington D.C. in December this year –
- One hydrology paper: Slater, L.J., Anderson B., Blum, A., Archfield S., Attribution of changes in hydrologic extremes to changing land cover, AGU USA → session H51L: The Role of Data in Understanding and Attributing Changes in Hydrologic Extremes (Friday 14 December, 08:00 – 10:00; H51L-1446)
- One geomorphology paper: Slater, L.J., Khouakhi, A., Climate modes of variability and fluvial response over interannual to multidecadal timescales → session EP52B: Signatures of Climate Change in Surface Processes I (Friday 14 December, 11:20am, 147A; EP52B-05)
And our exciting session on ‘Flooding and Geomorphology‘:
- Advances in Incorporating Geomorphology and Flooding: Feedbacks and Impacts on Flood Risk Posters (Monday 10 December, 08:00 – 12:20, Poster Hall A-C; EP11E).
Our paper –
Neri, A., Villarini, G., Salvi, K.A., Slater, L.J., and Napolitano, F. On the decadal predictability of the frequency of flood events across the U.S. Midwest
– has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Climatology.