Two NERC-funded PhD positions

Two new NERC-funded PhD positions starting in 2018 are available with me and colleagues at Loughborough University, as part of the CENTA Doctoral Training Programme.

Applications for 2018 entry are now live. Further details on how to apply can be found here. Please see the links above for further details. The application deadline is 22 January 2018.

Hello and welcome!

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment (online profile) and a Fellow of Hertford College, University of Oxford. My research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in fluvial systems and floods in the context of contemporary shifts in climate and land cover. My approach is statistical and computational; I use a variety of ‘Big data’ sources 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 a range of timescales. I have a keen interest in data science and in developing new, interdisciplinary methods for understanding and projecting fluvial and hydro-climatic change. On these webpages you will find updates on my current research (below), Publications, Outreach and Media activities, Conference talks, and a short CV.

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.

New paper: Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of flood hazard

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Our paper titled Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of flood hazard – which separates and quantifies the effects of trends in streamflow and trends in channel capacity on flood hazards – has just been published in Geophysical Research Letters. The detailed methods can be found in the supplementary materials.  An article was recently released on this work on the Flooding and Coastal Erosion Risk management network (FCERM.net).