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Dr Lu Zhuo


Lu studied her MEng Civil Engineering (2011) and PhD (2016) in Hydrology and Satellite Remote Sensing at the University of Bristol. She then took up a postdoc position at Bristol to co-create and coordinate a Newton Fund; ‘Resilient Economy and Society by Integrated SysTems’ modelling project. Lu is now a lecturer at the University of Sheffield, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Bristol.

Lu’s research focusses on multi-hazard disaster risk management and system modelling. This incorporates multi-disciplinary knowledge into a dynamic and unified modelling framework to increase the resilience of cities against extreme hydrometeorological events (such as floods and landslides) caused by changing climates. Lu aims to numerically model the impact of these hazards on infrastructure networks, on people and on possible rescue and mitigation efforts. She helped with the development of HazardCM (, which is a unique software that assesses and numerically models cities and their resilience to natural hazards such as flooding.

Lu’s work covers:

  • Agent-based city modelling on spatio-temporal dynamic hazard risk assessment and management.
  • Climate change induced extreme hydrometeorological events modelling (flood, landslide, drought).
  • Satellite remote sensing of Earth observations (soil moisture, rainfall, land cover, surface temperature), retrieval, optimisation.
  • Scenario-based resilient and sustainable decision-making supports.
  • Mesoscale Numerical Weather Prediction modelling (WRF).




Department of Civil Engineering

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