EGU 2020

A brief overview of our talks and sessions at EGU 2020:

  • Session: Hydrological extremes: from droughts to floods (HS2.4.1)
    Convener: Louise Slater
    Co-conveners: Anne Van Loon, Gregor Laaha, Ilaria Prodoscimi, Lena M. Tallaksen
    Orals: Thu, 07 May, 08:30-12:30, room C
    Posters: Thu, 07 May, 14:00-15:45 
  • Session: Using R in Hydrology (SC1.12)
    Convener: Katie Smith
    Co-conveners: Lucy Barker, Ilaria Prosdocimi, Louise Slater, Guillaume Thirel
    Wed, 06 May, 08:30-10:15, room -2.16
  • Talk: Timo Kelder, M. Müller, L. Slater, R. Wilby, P. Bohlinger, T. Marjoribanks, C. Prudhomme, A. Dyrdall, T. Nipen, L. Ferranti.
    UNSEEN trends: Towards detection of changes in 100-year precipitation events over the last 35 years.
    Thurs, 07 May, 08:45, Room 0.14
  • Poster: Marcus Buechel, S. Dadson, L.Slater.
    Achieving Net Zero: Understanding the Potential Hydrological Impacts of Changing Climate and Land Cover in the UK
    Fri, 08 May, 14:00-15:45, poster Hall A, board A112
  • Poster: Matthew Farnham et al.
    Correlated surface water flood damages in three Indonesian cities 
    Thurs 07 May, poster Hall X4, board X4.84, 16:15-18:00.

First NERC grant (Dec 2017)

We have just heard that our NERC/ESRC/DFID proposal on ‘Financial planning for natural disasters: the case of flood risk in Central Java’ was successful.

We will soon be advertising a two-year senior Research Associate (Postdoctoral) position to work on Flood risk and Financial planning (with me), starting early in 2018. Please do get in touch if you are interested. Advanced programming (R or Python) and GIS skills strongly desirable!

Seasonal Forecasting Workshop (January 2018)

A workshop on ‘Seasonal forecasting: Meeting User Needs’ is being held on 24th-25th January 2018 at Loughborough University (UK), co-sponsored by the British Hydrological Society, the RCUK Drought and Water Scarcity Programme, Water @ Loughborough, and Water @ Reading.

The aim of this workshop is to focus on the seasonal forecast needs of users and practitioners, and to identify ways of improving the dissemination, uptake and operationalisation of seasonal forecasts by the water and agricultural sectors.

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Confirmed speakers include:

  • The EFAS seasonal forecasting system (Louise Arnal, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts)
  • Advancing the science behind operational seasonal forecasting: the Hydrological Outlook UK (Jamie Hannaford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)
  • Seasonal forecasting for effective water management on the canal network (David Mould, Canal & River Trust)
  • Seasonal weather forecasts and British farming (Ceris Jones, National Farmers’ Union)
  • The Global Flood Awareness System (Rebecca Emerton, Water @ Reading University)
  • Ensemble projections, scenarios and forecasts: operational assessment of water resources prospects (Richard Davis and Karen James, Environment Agency)
  • Improving seasonal drought forecasting for user-decision making: The IMPETUS, EdGE and ENDOWS projects (Shaun Harrigan, Simon Parry, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)

Abstract submission: Abstracts for oral and poster presentations are welcomed. Please send your abstract (up to 300 words) including title, authors and affiliations to SeasonalForecasting@lboro.ac.uk by Friday 15th December 2017.

For more information, please email: SeasonalForecasting@lboro.ac.uk

Further details/registration: https://www.ice.org.uk/events/seasonal-forecasting-meeting-user-needs

Hello and welcome!

Our research group investigates changes in climatic and water-related extremes (especially floods, heat waves, precipitation, drought, and other extremes), fluvial systems (fluvial geomorphology) and water resources.

We develop computational approaches (data-driven, Earth observation, and ensemble-based methods) to understand how changes in climate, land cover and society affect climatic and water-related extremes over daily to multidecadal timescales. 

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!

Seminars Feb-Mar 2016

On Thurs. 11 February 2016, I’ll present “Climatic, hydrologic and geomorphic drivers of trends in flood hazards (UK/USA)” for the University of Minnesota Department of Earth Sciences 2015-2016 Seminar Series.

On Wed. 23 March 2016, I will present our new model for “Seasonal discharge forecasting in an agricultural watershed” at the Iowa Flood Center.

Early Career Researcher Grant

Delighted to have received a British Society for Geomorphology Early Career Grant for a project entitled ‘To what extent have changes in river channel capacity contributed to flood hazard trends in England and Wales?’

Outline: Freshwater flood damages have increased dramatically over recent decades, and are of concern to millions of people living in flood-prone areas across the world. Most studies assume that trends in flood hazard are caused exclusively by changes in hydrology and climate. However, widespread anthropogenic influences to river systems have caused changes in the capacity of river channels, which can also modify flood hazard.

The aim of this project is to investigate how geomorphic changes in channel capacity have contributed to changing flood hazards, in comparison with hydro-climatic trends in the frequency of flood flows, in England and Wales. The grant will allow me to supplement data provided by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales with field trips to obtain quantitative and qualitative channel characteristics to understand the causes of geomorphic change at each site; and to disseminate my work at the AGU Fall meeting in San Francisco, later this year.

Research Seminar on the Compared Effects of Hydrology and Geomorphology on Flood Hazard

I will be presenting some of my recent work at the upcoming research seminar in London: Compared Effects of Hydrologic and Geomorphic Trends on Flood Hazard Across the USA

Workers build flood defences around a resident’s house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Source: Matt Cardy/ Getty Images
Workers build flood defences around a resident’s house in the flooded village of Moorland near Bridgwater on the Somerset Levels on February 10, 2014 in Somerset, England. Source: Matt Cardy/ Getty Images

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014
Time: 12:15 – 1:15pm
Venue: Francis Bancroft building 2.07 City Centre seminar room
Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road London E1 4NS
Members of the public are welcome to all of our seminars at QMUL, and people with an interest in flood hazard, hydrology, geomorphology, and/or stream gauging are particularly welcome.