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Joy Ommer – University of Reading

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Joy Ommer

Reducing Risk to Hydrological Extremes with Nature-based Solutions.

 The overall expected outcome of my PhD will be an innovative Nature-based Solutions (NBS) recommendation toolkit for Europe to enhance sustainable and evidence-based decision-making on NBS implementation to mitigate risk to hydrological extremes in Europe. To support this outcome, I am exploring environmental susceptibility, multi-hazard approaches and climate change in context with NBS as well as ex-ante assessment of their co-benefits and disbenefits.


About Me:

I hold a BSc in Geography from the University of Cologne (Germany) and an MSc (with Commendation) in Disaster Management & Sustainable Development from the Northumbria University (UK). My MSc dissertation studied the risk perception and hazard knowledge acquisition of children. As a trainee at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, I have been working on a regional vulnerability index to support risk reduction. Afterwards, I started my current position as a principal scientist exploring Nature-based Solutions to reduce hydrometeorological hazards. I have a special interest in merging natural and social science for increased risk reduction as well as science communication.

Research Interests:

  •  Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Hydrological Extremes
  •  Risk Perception
  •  Citizen Science

Research Groups:

Environmental Science Research Division

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Professor Hannah Cloke (University of Reading)

Dr Jess Neumann (University of Reading)

Milan Kalas (KAJO, s. r. o., Sladkovicova,Slovakia)

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