Flood Foresight team host undergraduate work placement student

At JBA we strive to support the wider community of current and future water and environmental scientists. Our Flood Foresight team recently hosted undergraduate work placement student Erin Rogers, who is studying Geography at the University of Birmingham.

In this blog, Erin shares her experience of working within the Flood Foresight team and some of the skills she developed during her time with us.

For the last few months, as part of a professional placement module in my final year at university, I have been lucky enough to spend one day per week working from the JBA Coleshill office as part of the Flood Foresight team.

The overall aim of the validation project I was tasked with undertaking was to investigate and determine the extent to which the Flood Foresight software effectively predicts the scale of flood events, such as Storm Christoph in January 2021, by comparing its outputs to other satellite imagery sources. Although I had no previous experience in using the software and resources required for this project – i.e. Q-GIS and Sentinel satellite imagery – thanks to input from the Flood Foresight team, I picked up the required skills fairly quickly and was able to produce maps such as the example shown. Comparing and mapping this, in conjunction with many other images, then enabled me to understand the prediction capabilities of Flood Foresight in relation to observed flood extents.

Did you know that we offer early career work placement opportunities?
Imagery source: Sentinel-1, European Space Agency / Copernicus.

Above figure – Map produced in QGIS using satellite imagery over one of the chosen case study locations – Sutton, Hull – for 22nd January 2021. The image shows a comparison of Flood Foresight’s predictions (red) and satellite imagery from Sentinel Hub (light blue).

After finishing my placement, I remotely delivered a final presentation to the Flood Foresight team to provide an overview of my experience and reflect upon the conclusions I had arrived at. Working on this project has allowed me to not only develop professional and technical skills such as working as part of a large team, and using the new mapping software but has also provided me with experience of working in an office environment for the first time – something which I enjoyed and looked forward to each week.

Overall, this has been a very rewarding experience and has made me interested in potentially pursuing a career in the consultancy sector. Despite only meeting the majority of the team virtually, they were all very welcoming and friendly and I’d like to thank them all for their help.

Want to know more?

You can find out more about work placement opportunities with JBA on our careers webpage: Build a career, not just a job, with JBA Consulting

Flood Foresight is a unique flood monitoring and forecasting system. It provides near real-time and forecast rainfall and flood data to users needing a reliable source of information to understand potential flood impacts. Based on best-available river telemetry and modelling approaches, combined with state-of-the-art, high-resolution flood maps, Flood Foresight provides reliable predictive analytics on flood impacts before, during and after flood events. Contact John Bevington for more information about Flood Foresight, or visit our webpage where you can download an Executive Summary.

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