Professor Louise Slater

Professor of Hydroclimatology

Group Lead, Hydroclimate Extremes

Fellow and Tutor at Hertford College, Oxford

Future Leaders Fellow (FLF) of UK Research and Innovation

Editor, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)

Associate Editor, Earth's Future

Editorial Board Member, Advances in Water Resources

Academic Profile

Professor Louise Slater is Professor of Hydroclimatology and Tutorial Fellow of Hertford College. She is a Future Leaders Fellow of UK Research and Innovation (2021-2026). Louise was previously Chair of the Oxford Water Network (2019-2021). She is currently Editor for the EGU journal Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) and Associate Editor for the AGU journal Earth's Future.

Louise's leads the Hydro-Climate Extremes research group, which develops computational approaches to detect, attribute, and predict how changes in climate and land cover may affect water-related extremes and society. They publish in the fields of hydrology, geomorphology, and climate, in scientific journals such as Nature Communications, Geophysical Research Letters, Environmental Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Geology, Water Resources Research, Science, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Journal of Hydrology, and International Journal of Climatology.

Before joining the University of Oxford, Louise held Lectureships in Physical Geography at Loughborough University and Queen Mary University of London, and was a Research Scholar at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, USA. She is an alumna of the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon and of the Classes Préparatoires at the Lycée Henri IV, France. She holds her PhD from the University of St Andrews.

Louise acts as a reviewer for international journals in the fields of flooding, river science and hydroclimatology, and reviews grants for various UK and international bodies. She is a member of several learned societies including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the European Geosciences Union (EGU), the British Society for Geomorphology (BSG), and the British Hydrological Society (BHS). Louise is also a Visiting Fellow in River Science at Loughborough University.


  • 2023: Gordon Warwick Award for excellence in geomorphological research (mid-career award), British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
  • 2023: Outstanding Editor Award, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS)
  • 2022: Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • 2021: Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award, European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • 2021: Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Early Career Research in Physical Geography, Royal Geographical Society (RGS-IBG)

Current Research

Selected Research Projects

  • 2021-2028: PI UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship (FLF), The Dynamic Drivers of Flood Risk (DRIFT).
  • 2021-2026: Co-I NERC Large Grant, The Evolution of Global Flood Hazard and Risk (EvoFlood).
  • 2019-2022: PI John Fell Fund, Understanding river behaviour to better predict future flooding.
  • 2018-2019: Co-I NERC/ESRC Innovation grant, Financial planning for flood risk.

Postdoctoral Researchers

  • Dr Yinxue Liu (2022-2024)
  • Dr Simon Moulds (2021-2023)
  • Dr Michel Wortmann (2021-2023)
  • Dr Shasha Han (2020-2021)
  • Dr Laurent Courty (2018-2019)

Visiting Researchers

  • Dr Xihui Gu (2021-2023)
  • Dr Jiabo Yin (2022-2024)
  • Dr Fatih Tosunoglu (2022-2023)
  • Ms Xueying Li (2022-2023)
  • Mr Keke Fan (2020-2021)
  • Mr Wei Sha (2020-2021)

Teaching and Supervision


Louise contributed to three courses for the Preliminary Examination: Geographical Controversies, Geographical Techniques, and Earth Systems Processes. She also co-developed the Option on Geographic Data Science. At Hertford College, Louise and her colleagues are responsible for teaching students across the entire breadth of geographical topics for the Preliminary Examination and Final Honour School of Geography.


Louise previously convened the Climate and Catchment Processes module on the MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management (WSPM). Louise welcomes enquiries from individuals wishing to undertake doctoral or post-doctoral research in the following, or related, areas: flood science, streamflow forecasting and prediction, fluvial geomorphology, and computational data science approaches in hydro-climatology.

Current Graduate Research Students

Bailey Anderson

The effects of land cover changes on streamflow in the United States; a large sample statistical attribution approach.

Marcus Buechel

Comprehending changing climate and landscape influence on hydrological systems

Katie Kowal

Leveraging Drought Prediction for Enhanced Preparedness in the Central American Dry Corridor

Emma Ford Atmospheric Patterns Triggering Extreme Flood Events Across the UK (Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics )

Former Graduate Research Students

Jiajun Li
Completed DPhil in 2022
Exploring uncertainty in stage-discharge rating curves.
Timo Kelder
Completed DPhil in 2022
Using large climate model ensembles to quantify and explain climate extremes.

Selected Publications

Please see ORCiD for a comprehensive up-to-date list. Please contact Louise if you have trouble accessing any of these publications.

Slater, L., Coxon, G., Brunner, M., McMillan, H., Yu, L., Zheng, Y., Khouakhi, A., Moulds, S. and Berghuijs, W. (2024) Earth’s Future, 12(5).
1994192 - Spatial Sensitivity of River Flooding to Changes i...
Anderson, B., Brunner, M., Slater, L. and Dadson, S. (2024) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 28(7), pp. 1567–1583.
1615086 - Elasticity curves describe streamflow sensitivity ...
Huang, X., Yin, J., Slater, L., Kang, S., He, S. and Liu, P. (2024) Earth’s Future, 12(4).
1989295 - Global Projection of Flood Risk With a Bivariate F...
Buckley, J., Hodge, R. and Slater, L. (2024) Geology [Preprint].
1988384 - Bedrock rivers are steep but not narrow: hydrologi...
Liu, Y., Wortmann, M., Slater, L., Hawker, L., Neal, J., Yin, J., Boothroyd, R., Gebrechorkos, S., Leyland, J., Darby, S., Parsons, D., Griffith, H., Cloke, H., Vahidi, E., Nicholas, A., Delorme, P. and McLelland, S. (2024).
1804748 - First global estimation of bankfull river discharg...
Hawker, L., Neal, J., Wortmann, M., Slater, L., Liu, Y., Gebrechorkos, S., Leyland, J., Ashworth, P., Vahidi, E., Nicholas, A., Bennett, G., Boothroyd, R., Cloke, H., Griffith, H., Delorme, P., McLelland, S., Tatem, A., Parsons, D. and Darby, S. (2024).
1804759 - When one becomes many: Including complex channel s...
Zhang, B., Slater, L., Moulds, S., Wortmann, M., Liu, Y., Yin, J. and Gu, X. (2024).
1804752 - Data-driven global projection of future flooding i...
Moulds, S., Slater, L., Arnal, L. and Wood, A. (2024).
1804751 - Skilful probabilistic forecasts of UK floods month...
Yang, Y., Yin, J., Slater, L. and Liu, P. (2024).
1804762 - Drivers and effects of drying terrestrial water st...
Ekolu, J., Dieppois, B., Tramblay, Y., Eden, J., Sidibe, M., Villarini, G., Moulds, S., Slater, L., Grimaldi, S., Salamon, P., Camberlin, P., Pohl, B., Mahé, G. and van de Wiel, M. (2024).
1804761 - Past, Present, and Future Impacts of Climate Chang...