AGU 2019

A brief overview of talks and sessions in the upcoming AGU Fall meeting:

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)

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).

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!

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.

New paper: Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of flood hazard

Slater maps

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 (

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.