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Hydrology learning between the generations: 40 years of the British Hydrological Society

Event organised by The British Hydrological Society

Date
06 November 2023
Time
10:00 - 18:30 GMT
Location
Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
Westminster
London, SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

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Overview

This in-person meeting will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the British Hydrological Society. A multi-generational lineup of speakers, whose hydrological careers started in seven different decades, will share inspirational stories of what they have learned from other generations.

The meeting will look back over the progress in hydrological research and practice, asking what we can learn from the past. It will also look forward to current and emerging initiatives. It will celebrate the increasing diversity in hydrology, with a particular focus on the contributions of women.

After the meeting there will be a drinks reception to celebrate BHS’s birthday, ending at about 18:30.

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The British Hydrological Society

The British Hydrological Society

The BHS exists to promote the advancement of the inter-disciplinary subject of hydrology in the UK.

Prices

Ticket Price
BHS member £70.00 (excl. VAT)
Non-BHS member £100.00 (excl. VAT)
Student or retired member £50.00 (excl. VAT)

Please note: ICE membership is not counted as BHS membership, so in this case you will be booking as a non-member if you only have ICE membership.

Speakers

Kate Heal

Kate Heal

University of Edinburgh

Professor of Catchment Biogeochemistry

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Kate Heal

Kate teaches courses on hydrology, water quality and water resource management at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, has supervised >40 PhD students and published more than 90 journal papers. Previously Kate was an associate editor of Hydrological Sciences Journal and President of the International Commission on Water Quality. She is currently Treasurer of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, with over 10,000 members in almost 200 countries, and UK delegate to the Council of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.

Kate’s research focuses on the interaction between hydrological and biogeochemical processes and how they are affected by land use and climate change to impact on water resource quantity and quality. She works in both rural and urban settings, including assessing the effectiveness of green infrastructure for reducing diffuse water pollution and flood risk, and examining carbon and nutrient processing in forest and peatland systems. Other research interests include developing more sustainable phosphorus cycling, and understanding the role of plant-growth promoting bacteria in remediation of metal-contaminated soils.

Louise Slater

Louise Slater

University of Oxford

Associate Professor

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Louise Slater

Dr. Louise Slater is an associate professor of Physical Geography at the University of Oxford's School of Geography and the Environment, and a tutorial fellow at Hertford College. She earned her PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of St Andrews.

Currently, she holds the prestigious Future Leaders Fellowship from UK Research and Innovation and leads the Hydro-climate Extremes research group. This group is dedicated to understanding the impacts of climate and land cover changes on water and weather extremes, both historically and in the future. Dr. Slater serves as an editor for the journal 'Hydrology and Earth System Sciences', an associate editor for 'Earth’s Future', and has previously chaired the Oxford Water Network.

Alec Willis

Alec Willis

latterly Hydro-Logic and Veriflow

Nearly retired

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Alec Willis

Alec is a (nearly) retired hydrometrist with over 56 years in practice. Graduating from Lancaster in 1971 he has worked for central government, river authorities, water companies, the private sector with Hydrologic and latterly as a one man band offering flow verification services.

Nick Chappell

Nick Chappell

Lancaster University

reader

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Nick Chappell

Nick is a hydrologist at Lancaster University (Reader in Hydrological Processes) with over 30 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. He was the President of the British Hydrological Society from 2019 to 2021.

Matt Fry

Matt Fry

UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Environmental Informatics Manager

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Matt Fry

Matt is an environmental informatics manager at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and a senior research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Matt has worked on software systems for the management of hydrological data and delivery of hydrological research at UKCEH for 24 years. This work has included delivering training on hydrological data management in over 20 countries in Africa and Asia, and development for earlier versions of Low Flows 2000 and the Flood Estimation Handbook, including WINFAP-FEH and the ReFH software and earlier spreadsheet (working on secondment to Wallingford HydroSolutions). He has led systems development work for the National River Flow Archive since 2005, and the COSMOS-UK network since 2013, and is now leading the design and development of the digital systems of the Floods and Droughts Research Infrastructure. 

Imogen Barnsley

Imogen Barnsley

JBA Consulting

Flood Risk Analyst

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Imogen Barnsley

Imogen has completed a PhD quantifying the benefits of Natural Flood Management (NFM) methods when they are applied in permeable chalk catchments. Findings from a statistical assessment of chalk catchment hydrological properties were tested via a fully distributed model (SHETRAN) against baseline non-NFM and NFM implementation scenarios for previously recorded flood events and projected climate change scenarios.

She then worked at the Environment Agency improving datasets that contribute to flood modelling. Imogen now works with JBA Consulting where she assists in the work of developing hydrological estimates using the Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH) methodology and undertaking hydraulic modelling studies. She maintains her passion for NFM and specialism for its application in groundwater-dominated catchments. She recently contributed to Defra’s Project Groundwater by undertaking a full literature review of the application of NFM and SUDS in areas affected by groundwater flooding, as well as providing recommendations for its practical application and areas for monitoring and future research.

Marcus Francis

Marcus Francis

Water Resource Associates

Consultant Hydrologist

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Marcus Francis

Marcus retired from Jacobs in 2019 after a career of more than 40 years in the area of hydrology, hydraulics and water resources working for Jacobs, Howard Humphreys & Partners (latterly Brown & Root and KBR), HR Wallingford, British Hydromechanics Research Association in Cranfield and Thames Conservancy. He is presently retained by Jacobs on a part-time consultancy basis primarily on work for United Utilities and has joined Water Resource Associates for wider consultancy work.

Over his career he has been involved in a wide range of projects in the UK and overseas including flood risk management, river modelling, reservoir yield assessment, dam safety studies and spillway sizing, hydropower yield assessment, water transfer schemes, water resources, irrigation water management, highways projects, impact assessment of groundwater abstractions on river flows and the impact of infrastructure developments on ecologically sensitive sites. Hydrologically, his experience ranges from the UK through hurricane rainfall in the Caribbean, arid zone hydrology in the Middle East to floods from melting snows in Central Asia.
Marcus has been a member of BHS since 1983 and is also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Christel Prudhomme

Christel Prudhomme

European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts

Leader, Environmental Forecasts Team

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Christel Prudhomme

Christel leads the Environmental Forecasts team at ECMWF. Her activities focus on the development and operation of the Copernicus Emergency Service - Early Warning Systems on floods, the European Flood Awareness System and the Global Flood Awareness Systems. Those systems deliver medium-range flood forecasts across Europe for member states, and its extension globally and to monthly and seasonal time scales.

Prior to joining ECMWF in 2017, Christel worked for over 20 years at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, researching hydrological extremes.

For more information please contact:

Fiona Oteng