- 2017-: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Loughborough University
- 2015-2016: Postdoctoral Scholar, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa
- 2014-2015: Lecturer in Physical Geography, Queen Mary University of London
- 2017-20: Editor, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences
- 2017-20: Outreach Secretary, British Society for Geomorphology (Executive Committee)
- 2014-16: Appointed member of the Environment Agency’s Data Advisory Group (EADAG), UK
- 2017: NERC/ESRC/DFID Grant (CI). ‘Financial planning for natural disasters: flood risk in Central Java’
- 2017: SSPGS Seedcorn, Loughborough University, ‘On the predictability of hydrological extremes using satellite data’
- 2017: Institute for Advanced Studies, Loughborough University, Open Programme
- 2017: British Hydrological Society Small Grant
- 2015: Early Career Researcher Grant, British Society for Geomorphology, ‘To what extent have changes in river channel capacity contributed to flood hazard trends in England and Wales?’
- 2015: The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) Small Grant
- 2011: National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping (NCALM), National Science Foundation, USA, ’Where do floodplains begin in fluvial networks?’
river science, floods, hydro-climatology, climate, data science, big data, fluvial geomorphology, statistics.
My research focuses on understanding and predicting changes in floods and fluvial systems in the context of contemporary shifts in climate, agricultural practices and urbanisation. My approach is statistical and computational; I use a combination of climatic and land cover information to disentangle the different drivers of flooding and fluvial change across a variety of climates and land use types. Using Earth Observation and ensemble Global Climate Model outputs I also develop probabilistic streamflow forecasts over a range of timescales to assess how floods and fluvial systems may change over time. I have a keen interest in data science and in developing new, interdisciplinary methods for understanding and projecting fluvial and hydro-climatic change.
Prior to working at Loughborough University, I specialised in fluvial geomorphology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in France and received my PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of St Andrews in 2014. I lectured in Physical Geography at Queen Mary University of London for one year before conducting an 18-month postdoctoral scholarship in the field of hydro-climatology and data science at the IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, University of Iowa.
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G. (2017) Evaluating the drivers of seasonal streamflow rates in the U.S. Midwest, Water (MDPI). 9, 695; doi:10.3390/w9090695
- Slater, L.J., Wilby, R.L. (2017) Measuring the changing pulse of rivers (Perspective article), Science, 357(6351), pp. 552, doi:10.1126/science.aao2441
- Zhang, W., Villarini, G., Slater, L.J., Vecchi, G., Bradley, A.A. (2017) Improved ENSO Forecasting using Bayesian Updating and the North American Multi Model Ensemble (NMME), Journal of Climate, ISSN: 1520-0442. doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0073.1
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G., Bradley, A.A. (2017) Weighting of NMME temperature and precipitation forecasts across Europe, Journal of Hydrology, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.07.029
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G., Bradley, A., Vecchi G. (2017) A dynamical statistical framework for seasonal streamflow forecasting in an agricultural watershed, Climate Dynamics. doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3794-7
- Clubb, F.J., Mudd, S.M., Milodowski, D.T, Valters, D.A, Slater, L.J., Hurst, M.D., and Limaye, A.B.S. (2017) Geomorphic delineation of floodplains and terraces from slope and channel relief thresholds, Earth Surface Dynamics, 5(3), pp.369-385. doi:10.5194/esurf-2017-21.
- Villarini, G., Slater, L.J. (2017) Climatology of flooding in the United States, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Natural Hazard Science. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199389407.013.123
- Wilby, R.L., Clifford, N.J., De Luca, P., Harrigan, S., Hillier, J.K., Hodgkins, R., Johnson, M.F., Matthews, T.K.R., Murphy, C., Noone, S.J., Parry, S., Prudhomme, C., Rice, S.P., Slater, L.J., Smith, K.A., Wood, P.J. (2017) The “dirty dozen” of freshwater science: Detecting then reconciling hydrological data biases and errors, Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs) Water. doi:10.1002/wat2.1209
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G. (2016) On the impact of gaps on trend detection in extreme streamflow time series, International Journal of Climatology. doi:10.1002/joc.4954.
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G. (2016) Recent trends in U.S. flood risk, Geophysical Research Letters, 2016. 43(24), pp.12,428-12,436, doi:10.1002/2016GL071199. Featured Research Spotlight in Eos.
- Slater, L.J., Villarini, G., Bradley, A. (2016) Evaluation of the skill of North-American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) Global Climate Models in predicting average and extreme precipitation and temperature over the continental USA. Climate Dynamics, special collection on the North American Multi-Model Ensemble (NMME) seasonal prediction experiment. doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3286-1
- Slater L.J. (2016) To what extent have changes in channel capacity contributed to flood hazard trends in England and Wales? Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 41(8), pp.1115-1128, Special Issue Stormy Geomorphology, doi:10.1002/esp.3927
- Slater, L.J. (2015) Changing Channels (Outreach article), Planet Earth. Html version. pp.22-23, ISSN:1479-2605.
- Slater, L.J., Singer, M.B., Kirchner J.W. (2015) Hydrologic versus geomorphic drivers of trends in flood hazard, Geophysical Research Letters, 42(2), pp.370-376, doi:10.1002/2014GL062482.
- Clubb, F.J., Mudd S.M., Milodowski D.T., Hurst M.D., Slater L.J. (2014) Objective extraction of channel heads from high resolution topographic data, Water Resources Research. 50(5), pp.4283-4304. doi:10.1002/2013WR015167.
- Slater, L. J. and Singer, M.B. (2013) Imprint of climate and climate change in alluvial riverbeds: Continental United States, 1950-2011, Geology, 41(5), pp.595-598, doi:10.1130/G34070.1 University of St Andrews Press Release