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Research interests

My research and teaching activities focus on improving the way we use data analysis and mathematical modelling for hydrology and water engineering applications. Currently my two key research interests are: (1) the use of simulation and optimisation methods to support decision-making, particularly for water resource management; (2) the quantification and attribution of uncertainty in mathematical models, and in particular models used for natural hazard assessment.

More information on my work on uncertainty propagation in models, including access to the open-source SAFE Toolbox for sensitivity analysis, can be found at: safetoolbox.info.

More information on my work on reservoir operation, including access to simulation and optimisation code, can be found at: resimop.info.

I hold a prestigious Early Career EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Fellowship, focused on "Robust and transparent planning and operation of water resource infrastructure” [EP/R007330/1].

Some short, non-technical account of my research interests and results can be found here:
- Blog post on EGU2022 Great Debate on Open Science
- Blog post on Tackling urban landslides in an uncertain future
- Blog post on The value of seasonal forecasts for water resources management
- Presentation on Why we need better handling of uncertainty in mathematical models (with focus on the (re)insurance and water sector)
- Blog post on Hydrological modelling and pizza making
- Blog post on "Quality through Equality" workshop 
- Blog post on All models are wrong, but... 

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research


  • Water resources management
  • Hydrology
  • Modelling
  • decision-making
  • Sensitivity analysis


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