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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

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

Simulating tidal and storm surge hydraulics with a simple 2D inertia based model, in the Humber Estuary, U.K

Skinner, C. J., Coulthard, T. J., Parsons, D. R., Ramirez, J. A., Mullen, L., & Manson, S. (2015). Simulating tidal and storm surge hydraulics with a simple 2D inertia based model, in the Humber Estuary, U.K. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 155(March), 126-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2015.01.019

Hyper-resolution mapping of regional storm surge and tide flooding: comparison of static and dynamic models

Ramirez, J. A., Lichter, M., Coulthard, T. J., & Skinner, C. (2016). Hyper-resolution mapping of regional storm surge and tide flooding: comparison of static and dynamic models. Natural hazards, 82(1), 571-590. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-016-2198-z

The sensitivity of landscape evolution models to spatial and temporal rainfall resolution

Coulthard, T. J., & Skinner, C. J. (2016). The sensitivity of landscape evolution models to spatial and temporal rainfall resolution. Earth surface dynamics European Geosciences Union, 4(3), 757-771. https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-4-757-2016

Improving estuary models by reducing uncertainties associated with river flows

Robins, P. E., Lewis, M. J., Freer, J., Cooper, D. M., Skinner, C. J., & Coulthard, T. J. (2018). Improving estuary models by reducing uncertainties associated with river flows. Estuarine, coastal and shelf science, 207, 63-73 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2018.02.015

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.