Dr Louise J. Slater

  • Visiting Fellow in River Science

Academic career:

  • 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

Professional responsibilities:


Key Interests:

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.

Selected publications