Flood Foresight team host PhD student placement

We’re pleased to have recently hosted PhD research student Holly Turner for a three-month placement with our Flood Foresight team. Based in our Skipton office, Holly has worked on various projects linked to our Flood Foresight platform – and here Holly shares her experiences.

I have just come to the end of a 3-month placement working on Flood Foresight at JBA’s office in Skipton. Not having a research background in flooding or in rainfall, I was nervous before I started, thinking that I might be out of my depth (no pun intended). I needn’t have worried, as I immediately felt welcomed and part of the team.

One of the main reasons I wanted to do this placement was to gain experience of doing research in a non-academic setting. Although I have certainly come up against some frustrations, it has been great to carry out research that has a direct impact on real-world problems. It has also been interesting to have a different perspective on the direction to take the research in, as I have had to consider what will be useful for the end user rather than purely what is of most interest scientifically.

Rainfall map
Example of a GIS map comparing forecast and radar rainfall

As well as gaining a lot more knowledge about flooding and convective rainfall, I have learned other skills that will be useful for my ongoing career. I have learned how to create data maps in GIS (example to the left), which has been very interesting as GIS experience is often asked for in meteorological roles.

I have also gained skills in writing non-academic reports. There are differences in style and the details included which I had not realised.

I have had a great time on my placement. Not only have I learned a lot, I have also really enjoyed being part of the JBA team. Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful. I have also kept busy outside of work, going to dancing lessons and enjoying walking in the Dales. I will definitely be coming back to Skipton to visit and hope to find another position with JBA in the future.

Want to know more?

Flood Foresight is a globally-scalable operational system providing data on rainfall severity, flood inundation footprints and depths, and flood impacts. Flood Foresight supports operational flood management in the infrastructure, insurance, utilities and civil contingencies sectors, and is designed to be compatible with existing business intelligence and decision support tools. Find out more about our flood forecasting and monitoring system at www.floodforesight.com. You can also email John Bevington.

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