Integrating resilience into flood modelling

About the project or challenge area

Flooding is the most widely distributed of all natural hazards with floods from rivers, estuaries and the sea threatening many millions of people worldwide. The UK is at the forefront for modelling flood hazards from local to global scale; however, resilience is currently not integrated in such models. This project looks into exploring how to embed resilience in flood impact models, like LISFLOOD-FP, and evaluating resilience-based scenarios; it aims to pioneer a new generation of flood impact models.

Why choose this opportunity?

You will have the opportunity to engage with and build networks across the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Geographical Sciences, developing an interdisciplinary mindset and translational skills.

About you

You are an enthusiastic student interested in hydrology and engineering, with prior experience (or at least have the potential to develop these) in programming, risk analysis and GIS.

How to apply

All students can apply using the button below, following the Master's by Research Admissions Statement. Please note that this is an advertised challenge area, which means you should complete Section A + B of the Masters by Research Statement Template (Office document, 68kB).

Before applying, we recommend getting in touch with the project's supervisors. If you are interested in this project and would like to learn more about the research you will be undertaking, please use the contact details on this page.


Your supervisor for this project will be Maria Pregnolato, in the Faculty of Engineering. You can email her on


Your supervisor for this project will be Paul Bates, Professor of Hydrology in the School of Geographical Sciences. You can contact him at +44 (0) 117 928 9108 or email .

Find out more about your prospective research community

The Water theme is a vibrant community of researchers who are transforming the evidence base for water-based decision making in a changing and deeply uncertain world. Find out more about the Water research theme.

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