Professor Jim Freer - inaugural lecture

Professor of Hydrology Professor Jim Freer
School of Geographical Sciences
 
This lecture took place on Tuesday 14 May 2013

An Inexact Science: Hydrology, uncertainty and understanding real world systems

Hydrology, like many natural sciences, is an inexact science. Meaning we do not have perfect knowledge or understanding about hydrological behaviour at various scales, especially those scales that are most useful, such as the catchment scale. This should have implications for the way we treat the limited, sparse and uncertain data and hence how we confront a computer model with such data when trying to formalise our understanding. Professor Freer will reflect on the challenges of using imperfect data and models to predict and understand hydrological systems and what therefore might be pragmatic solutions and appropriate frameworks when making predictions. This talk will look back at his career, and how an earth he got to this point, using some of the hydrological applications that he has dealt with. Professor Freer might even say something about his future plans, but this is far from certain...

Professor Jim Freer - inaugural lecture