Staff Profile:Dr Liz Stephens

Dr Liz Stephens
Job Title:
Associate Professor
  • Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  • Postgraduate Supervision
  • Co-Director of Water@Reading
  • Areas of Interest:
    • Development and evaluation of the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS)
    • Ensemble hydrometeorological forecasting and forecast evaluation 
    • Forecast-based early warning and anticipatory humanitarian action
    • Usability and understanding of probabilistic forecasts
    Research groups / Centres:

    Environmental Sciences Research Division

    Postgraduate (PhD) Supervision:

    Liz is currently advertising a PhD Studentship through the NERC Scenario Doctoral Training Partnership: Climate variability and extended-range flood forecasting for the Peruvian Amazon. In addition, Liz is keen to discuss proposals for postgraduate research in the above Areas of Interest.  

    Rebecca Emerton. Global flood forecasting and the implications of climate change on flood characteristics and flood forecasting. With ECMWF. Funded by NERC SCENARIO.

    Louise Arnal. Seasonal hydrological forecasting over Europe: prospects and applications. With ECMWF. Funded by a Faculty of Science Award and IMPREX (EC Horizon 2020 project)

    Key Facts:

    Liz is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working with the Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy and ECMWF on the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), developing novel statistical techniques to provide a thorough diagnostic evaluation of current forecasting system advantages and limitations at the spatial and temporal scales that are relevant to decision makers. The ultimate goals of this project are to help humanitarian agencies to utilise forecasts and to enable forecast system development to be prioritised by what produces the largest gains in decision-making ability.

    Prior to starting her Fellowship in October 2013 Liz worked as a post-doctoral research assistant at Oxford University on a  project addressing the usability of probabilistic forecasts. Liz continues as an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) at the University of Oxford, maintaining an active collaboration on research that overlaps with the Leverhulme fellowship.

    Liz completed her PhD in Geography at the University of Bristol, addressing the quantification and attribution of uncertainties in the modelling and mapping of flood risk. Additionally, as part of her roles in the KULTURrisk and UK Met Office Weather Game projects, Liz's research has addressed the challenges of communicating and utilising complex ensemble model output.

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    Dr Liz Stephens

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    +44 (0) 118 378 7586

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