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Lecturer in Physical Geography, University of Oxford

Linda's research seeks to demonstrate the value of flood forecasting and warning as one tool (amongst many) to improve resilience to extreme weather events. Her background is in hydrometeorology with a focus on global flood forecasting, surface water flood forecasting, ensemble forecasts, impact-based forecasts, risk communication, decision making and climate resilience.

Linda joined the University of Oxford in 2021, moving from the University of Reading where she was a postdoctoral researcher. Prior to joining the University of Reading, Linda was a Senior Scientist at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) where she was involved in operational flood forecasting and led the scientific development of the Scottish Flood Forecasting Service. Linda has a BSc from the University of Bristol (2005) and an MSc from Newcastle University (2006). Her PhD research, completed at the University of Newcastle in 2013, sought to develop a methodology for understanding dependencies in flood risk exposure in the UK. Linda has also held associate lecturing positions at the University of Lincoln and the University of Portsmouth. She started her career as a flood risk analyst at JBA Consulting.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral researcher in flood forecasting, University of Reading


  • 2012 
    Newcastle University, PhD
  • 2008 
    Newcastle University, MSc
  • 2003 
    University of Bristol, BSc