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.

Fathom’s latest research

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Caravan dataset research
New Research paper

Caravan – A global community dataset for large-sample hydrology

  • Kratzert, F.,
  • Nearing, G.,
  • Addor, N.,
  • Erickson, T.,
  • Gauch, M.,
  • Gilon, O.,
  • Gudmundsson, L.,
  • Hassidim, A.,
  • Klotz, D.,
  • Nevo, S.,
  • Shalev, G.,
  • Matias, Y.

Published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Data, the paper outlines the team’s vision for Caravan to expand, evolve and provide “the most direct path” to a truly open global hydrological dataset.

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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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Scatter graph comparison of in land flood models - Dr Oliver Wing research
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Comparison of estimated flood exposure and consequences generated by different event-based inland flood inundation maps

  • Gutenson, J.,
  • Tavakoly, A.,
  • Islam, M.,
  • Wing, O.,
  • Lehman, W.,
  • Hamilton, C.,
  • Wahl, M.,
  • Massey, T.

New research from Gutenson, J. L. and others, including Fathom’s Chief Research Officer Dr Oliver Wing, compares the estimated impact and exposure to flooding generated by different event-based flood inundation maps. 

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Use of hydrological models in global stochastic flood modeling

An investigation into the effectiveness of using synthetic gauge data from global hydrological models as input data for global stochastic modeling.

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Uneven burden of urban flooding

Who floods? A commentary on the uneven burden of urban flooding in Nature Sustainability.

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Urbanizing the floodplain: global changes of imperviousness in flood-prone areas

Are floodplains becoming more built on over time? Using new global satellite data, Kostas Andreadis in this paper shows floodplain urbanization has almost doubled since 1985.


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