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Dr Francesca PianosiME, PhD

Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering

Francesca Pianosi

Dr Francesca PianosiME, PhD

Lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering

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Research interests

My main research interest is the application of mathematical modelling to advance the understanding and support the sustainable management of human-environment systems, and in particular water resource systems.

My current research activity develops mainly around two topical areas:

Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis: to advance the development and use of statistical analysis techniques for investigating the propagation of uncertainty in numerical models (mainly but not exclusively in the environmental domain). The objective of my research is to provide methods and tools for model developers to enhance the construction and validation of their models; and for model users to assess the robustness of model predictions, and hence model-informed decisions, to the many uncertain assumptions underlying the model.

Water resource management: to advance and accelerate the uptake of simulation and optimisation models for supporting planning and management of water resource systems. My specific interests within this research area are: how to best handle multiple, potentially conflicting objectives in water resource management; the inclusion, treatment and communication of uncertainty in model-informed decision-making; the integration of new information sources, both data and model products, into water system operation.

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]. 

I am also interested in open-source software development and I am the lead author of the SAFE Toolbox (safetoolbox.info)

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute Water Research

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Postal address:
Queen's Building
University Walk
Clifton
Bristol
United Kingdom