Duncan Reed, May 2011
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Bottom-water at Bottoms Reservoir, Longdendale, 2010 drought

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This is Duncan Reed: independent consulting hydrologist and author of Letters in applied hydrology.

My main areas of expertise are:

  • Flood risk estimation

  • Collective risk problems — a special research area of relevance to reinsurers, regulators and record-breakers

  • Exploratory data analysis and problem-solving in applied hydrology — a bit of a catch-all

  • Technical communication — training, technical writing, reviewing ...

with a client list including: Arup, Atkins Water, Barratt Homes, Bureau Veritas, Capita Symonds, Faber Maunsell (now Aecom), Halcrow, HR Wallingford, Imperial College, JBA Consulting, Newcastle University, OPW, Peter Brett Associates, Reading University, RPS and United Utilities.

A defining characteristic ... beyond long experience ... is the incisive analysis of data: putting problem before technique, analysis before modelling, and thought before gizmo. UK catchments are exceedingly diverse. If two hydrological problems look the same, you are probably missing something. Additional insight is gained by exploring more than just the obvious datasets.

Hardened by leading the original Flood Estimation Handbook research team at CEH, I retain an appetite for intensive working. Must a deadline force a dull analysis? A tight corner can inspire.

If you have work for me, please click here.

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