Hello and welcome!

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College. I also maintain strong links with Loughborough University where I am a Visiting Fellow in River Science.

My research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in floods and fluvial systems in the context of contemporary shifts in climate and land cover. My approach is statistical and computational; I use data-driven methods to disentangle the different drivers of flooding and fluvial change across a variety of climates and land use types. Using Earth Observation and ensemble Climate Model predictions I also develop probabilistic forecasts to assess how floods and fluvial systems may change over daily to decadal timescales. I have a keen interest in data science and in developing new, interdisciplinary methods for understanding and projecting fluvial and hydro-climatic change. If you are interested in undertaking doctoral or post-doctoral research in any of these areas, please do send me an email or get in touch via Oxford’s Doctoral Training Partnership.

On these webpages you will find updates on my current research (below), Publications, Outreach and Media activities, Conference talks, and a short CV.

AGU 2018

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)

Our exciting session on ‘Flooding and Geomorphology‘ will be chaired by Chris Hackney and Georgie Bennett (I will be arriving at AGU later in the week):

  • 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).

New paper in HESS: Science in today’s media landscape

Pleased to report that our paper,

Lutz, S., Popp, A., van Emmerik, T., Gleeson, T., Kalaugher, L., Möbius, K., Mudde, T., Walton, B., Hut, R., Savenije, H., Slater, L.J.,  Solcerova, A., Stoof, C., and Zink, M., Science in today’s media landscape – challenges and lessons from hydrologists and journalists.

has just been accepted in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and can be downloaded here: https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/hess-2018-13/ 

New paper in GRL: statistical-dynamical forecasting of seasonal streamflow

Pleased to say that our paper has just been accepted in Geophysical Research Letters.

Slater, L.J., Villarini, G. (2018Enhancing the predictability of seasonal streamflow with a statistical dynamical approach. doi:10.1029/2018GL077945

Key words: Seasonal forecasting, Streamflow, NMME, Precipitation, Temperature, Land cover.

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1029/2018GL077945

Using R in Hydrology – short course @EGU18

We’re delighted to announce that the ‘Using R in Hydrology’ workshop will be running again (for a second year) at EGU 2018!

The session is organised in cooperation with the Young Hydrologic Society (YHS) and materials will be made available on the YHS GitHub page (rhydro_EGU18).

EGUR

Convener: Louise Slater
Co-Conveners: Shaun Harrigan, Claudia Vitolo, Tobias Gauster, Alexander Hurley, Guillaume Thirel.

  • Introduction to the short course – Louise Slater
  • Accessing hydrological data using web APIs (a demo of the rnrfa package) – Claudia Vitolo
  • Extracting netCDF climate data for hydrological analyses (reading and visualising gridded data) – Louise Slater
  • Processing, modelling and visualising hydrological data in R (tidyverse; piping, mapping and nesting) – Alexander Hurley
  • Hydrological modelling and teaching modelling (airGR and airGRteaching) – Guillaume Thirel
  • Typical hydrological tasks in R (List columns, Leaflet and coordinate transformation, Open Street Maps) – Tobias Gauster

The session is aimed at researchers who are interested in hearing more about R as well as those who are advanced R programmers wanting to discuss recent developments in an open environment.

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/28914