Civil Engineering PhD student Giulia Giani wins best poster at International Conference on Radar Meteorology
10 October 2019
Second year PhD student Giulia Giani in our Department of Civil Engineering won first prize for best poster presentation at the 39th International Conference on Radar Meteorology held in Nara, Japan, in September. The award is an exceptional achievement given that Giulia won the award at a meteorology conference without being a meteorologist herself.
The organisers were impressed by her poster on selecting hydrologically meaningful rainfall events and how meteorology data from weather radars can be made more useful for hydrologists who are forecasting floods.
Giulia is a Hydrology PhD student in our Department of Civil Engineering and is part of the WISE CDT programme. Her research project is about understanding the usefulness of meteorological products from radar and satellite observations for hydrological modelling and forecasting. High-resolution rainfall data in both space and time are now routinely available with nationwide coverage in many countries based on weather radar and satellite products, but it is not yet clear for which types of storm and catchments this information is actually useful in improving flood estimates, when compared to using traditional rain gauge data.
As part of her project she has been researching how to select hydrologically meaningful rainfall events and exploring indices that can be used to describe spatial rainfall variability in a meaningful way. Understanding this can help us know when spatially distributed rainfall data will be useful for hydrological predictions. Giulia was delighted with her win, remarking “I am not a meteorologist so winning the best poster presentation prize at the 39th International Conference on Radar Meteorology has been a big surprise for me! I think improving communication among different science fields is key aspect for moving forward in research!”