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Dr Chris Skinner

Research Fellow

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • Department of Geography, Geology and Environment

Summary

I am a Research Fellow in the Energy and Environment Institute specialising in flood risk and resilience. I completed my PhD 'Satellite-driven hydrological modelling of an African river basin' in 2013 under the supervision of Dr Tim Bellerby. I have since worked on research positions for the Dynamic Humber and the NERC-funded Flooding from Intense Rainfall projects.

I specialise in computer modelling of flooding and geomorphology (the study of how landscapes change), particularly using the CAESAR-Lisflood model. My work includes modelling for the Environment Agency and Hull City Council.

I lead the SeriousGeoGames and Earth Arcade projects that study the use of games and playful approaches for engaging the public with environmental issues. Recent projects include the Flash Flood! and Inundation Street virtual reality simulations.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

The impact of different rainfall products on landscape modelling simulations

Skinner, C. J., Peleg, N., Quinn, N., Coulthard, T. J., Molnar, P., & Freer, J. (in press). The impact of different rainfall products on landscape modelling simulations. Earth surface processes and landforms : the journal of the British Geomorphological Research Group, https://doi.org/10.1002/esp.4894

Flash Flood!: a SeriousGeoGames activity combining science festivals, video games, and virtual reality with research data for communicating flood risk and geomorphology

Skinner, C. (in press). Flash Flood!: a SeriousGeoGames activity combining science festivals, video games, and virtual reality with research data for communicating flood risk and geomorphology. Geoscience Communication, 3(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-3-1-2020

Temperature effects on the spatial structure of heavy rainfall modify catchment hydro-morphological response

Peleg, N., Skinner, C., Fatichi, S., & Molnar, P. (in press). Temperature effects on the spatial structure of heavy rainfall modify catchment hydro-morphological response. Earth surface dynamics ESURF ; an interactive open access journal of the European Geosciences Union, 8(1), 17-36. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-17-2020

Taking a Breath of the Wild: are geoscientists more effective than non-geoscientists in determining whether video game world landscapes are realistic"

Hut, R., Albers, C., Illingworth, S., & Skinner, C. (2019). Taking a Breath of the Wild: are geoscientists more effective than non-geoscientists in determining whether video game world landscapes are realistic?. Geoscience Communication, 2(2), 117-124. https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2-117-2019

Global sensitivity analysis of parameter uncertainty in landscape evolution models

Skinner, C. J., Coulthard, T. J., Schwanghart, W., Van De Wiel, M. J., & Hancock, G. (2018). Global sensitivity analysis of parameter uncertainty in landscape evolution models. Geoscientific Model Development, 11(12), 4873-4888. https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-11-4873-2018

Research interests

My primary research interest is the computer modelling of flood risk and its links and feedbacks to geomorphology. My most recent work has concerned the sensitivity of the models to various factors, such as the parameter values selected or the type and form of rainfall measurements used.

I also research the public engagement of environmental issues and how this can be done in a way that leaves people feeling optimistic. My recent work in this area includes using virtual reality to raise flood resilience awareness.