Wednesday 11th September, 2019, 10 am – 4.30 pm, at the Royal Society, 6 Carlton House Terrace, London.

We invite you to attend this one-day science meeting on the topic of Next Generation Land-surface and Hydrological Predictions. This event is the annual meeting of the UK Natural Environment Research Council’s Hydro-JULES Programme (, which is designed to bring together the hydrological and land-surface modelling community - in the UK and beyond - to tackle together the challenges at the forefront of these two important fields.

The aim of the meeting is to facilitate collaborations that will share knowledge, advance existing research, stimulate new research areas, and enable new relationships to be built in the following environmental research fields:

  • quantification of hydro-meteorological risks
  • using high-resolution climate predictions for hydrological applications
  • calculation the impacts of environmental change on evaporation, transpiration, and soil moisture
  • modelling flood inundation over large areas
  • representing anthropogenic interventions in the water cycle, and
  • application of new techniques including Earth observation and data assimilation

Confirmed speakers:

  • A unified approach to process-based hydrological modelling: Challenges, pitfalls, and community engagement - Martyn Clark, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Evaporation modelling - Emma Robinson, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
  • Using data assimilation to improve soil moisture prediction in the JULES land surface model - Ewan Pinnington, Reading University, UK
  • Conceptualising groundwater flow systems at a national (British mainland) scale - Brighid O'Dochartaigh, British Geological Survey, UK
  • Global river routing and flood inundation modelling: Recent advances and future perspective - Dai Yamazaki, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan. 
  • Towards the representation of human processes in land surface models for predicting future water resources - Jan Polcher, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique du CNRS/IPSL, France.
  • Addressing the problem of epistemic uncertainty in large scale hydrologic modelling - Thorsten Wagener, Bristol University, UK.
  • Earth system models for global hydrological forecasting - Hannah Cloke, Reading University and Cinzia Mazzetti, ECMWF, UK.
  • Towards improved hydrological predictions within regional atmosphere-land-ocean coupled systems - Huw Lewis, Met Office, UK.
  • National hydrological modelling with DECIPHeR - Jim Freer, Bristol University, UK.
  • Using the North Atlantic oscillation to improve UK winter streamflow forecasts - Katie Smith, UK.

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Standard admission is £25 and it is free of charge for graduate students (ID will need to be shown when picking up your badge).

Cancellation policy – written notification must be received to Cancellations received by 31st July will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued for registrations cancelled after 31st July.

Accommodation and logistical information

This event will be held at the Royal Society in London. Participants are asked to use public transport to reach the event; no car parking is provided on site. The meeting will begin with coffee and registration at 10 am; science presentations begin at 10.30 am and conclude at 4.30 pm. Please notify the organisers of any dietary or access requirements when registering.

This event is supported by the NERC Hydro-JULES programme which will build a three-dimensional, open source, community model of the terrestrial water cycle to support and enable collaborative work across the research and academic communities in hydrology and land-surface science. The meeting will also provide a series of updates on the Hydro-JULES modelling programme.

This meeting is organised by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, which is the Natural Environment Research Council's research centre for freshwater science. CEH coordinates internationally leading research and expertise in freshwater sciences and provides infrastructure, training and leadership to the UK hydrological community.

Event Date: 

Wednesday, 11 September, 2019