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 2015

On Fri. 18 December 2015, 13:40 – 18:00, I will present a “Diagnosis of North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) skill for predicting floods and droughts over the continental USA” at the American Geophysical Union Fall meeting (session  H53A).

NMME

The poster can be downloaded from ResearchGate here

Environment Agency open-Data Advisory Group (EADAG) Blog

The Environment Agency has just launched a blog (https://eadag.wordpress.com/) for the data advisory group (EADAG). The blog is still in its infancy, but will most likely be used to host:

  • Regular information regarding recently released and upcoming datasets
  • A starting point for “finding and using EA data”
  • Information provided by EA to support the group, including the datasets list, revenue and income (if and when these are available)
  • EA open data presentations
  • Contact details for the group

I help maintain the blog, so do get in touch if you have any suggestions.

Inaugural meeting of the Environment Agency’s open-access Data Advisory Group (EADAG)

On Tuesday 18th November, I attended the inaugural meeting of the EA’s Data Advisory Group. Surprisingly, many members of the group (including myself) were interested in hydrometric data for flood hazard assessment. The EA explained that they are committed to publishing as much of their data as possible, and making it open access to the public under the Open Government Licence (OGL). So far, 101 of their 17,000 datasets have been published. The difficulty is prioritising what data should be released first, given the difficulties associated with preparing the data for release. Comments and suggestions for the EADAG can be shared via the EA’s website, twitter feed (@dataenvagency), or email (opendata@environment-agency.gov.uk).