UoB Water Group and Fathom receive WRR Editors’ Choice Award

Awards and prizes 17.12.2020

Their paper on MERIT Hydro, co-written with Dai Yamazaki, made major advances in our ability to represent river networks globally.

As 2020 draws to a close, Fathom are pleased to announce that University of Bristol Water Group researchers, and Fathom team members, Jeison Sosa and Paul Bates have been awarded a Water Resources Research (WRR) Editors’ Choice award for 2020.

This award was received as a result of their contribution to Dai Yamazaki’s paper on MERIT Hydro, a high‐resolution global map of river network developed by combining the latest global map of topography with the latest maps of water bodies. MERIT Hydro represents a major advance in our ability to represent river networks globally and is a data set that is anticipated to enhance a wide range of geoscience applications including flood risk assessment, aquatic carbon emissions, and climate modelling.

WRR is published by the American Geophysical Union and is the leading technical journal for scientists working in flood mapping. WRR awards are given to the top 1% of papers published each year and awards papers based on their quality, significance and originality.

We are delighted that Fathom research has been acknowledged in this way. In the new year, we look forward to continuing collaboration with the University of Bristol to produce industry-leading research contributing to the advancement of the flood modelling and hydrology field.

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Using UNSEEN approach to attribute regional UK winter rainfall extremes

New research uses the UNSEEN climate modelling approach to ask whether increasingly intense daily rainfall is due to climate change.

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Fundamental limits to flood inundation modeling

In this article, Fathom’s Chairman Professor Paul Bates explores the limits to flood inundation modeling, and explains why it’s still difficult to accurately predict flood hazards at the scale of individual buildings.

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Hyper-resolution PCR-GLOBWB: opportunities and challenges from refining model spatial resolution to 1 km over the European continent

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For the first time, researchers have applied the global hydrological model (GHM) PCR-GLOBWB at 1 km spatial resolution over the entire European continent.

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A climate conditioned catastrophe risk model for UK flooding

New research from Bates et al. describes the creation of a transparent flood model for the UK that simulates pluvial, fluvial and coastal flood risks for 10 different return periods.

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Co-occurring wintertime flooding and extreme wind over Europe, from daily to seasonal timescales

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  • Shaffrey, L.,
  • Panosi, F.,
  • R.James, R.,
  • Kumar, D.,
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Why and when do floods and extreme wind occur together? Will climate change make this happen more frequently? This research sets out to understand the correlations between flood and wind extremes and the impact they have on risk.

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Bare-earth DEM generation from ArcticDEM and its use in flood simulation

New research tests ways to generate bare-earth data from ArcticDEM, one of the next-generation digital elevation models that could become an alternative to radar-based DEMs.


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