Title of PhD: Future Resilient Transport Networks – Investigating the potential future impacts of precipitation on the UK road network
Supervisors: Dr Lee Chapman, Dr Andrew Quinn
Elizabeth’s research focuses on the impact of precipitation on the UK road network, looking specifically at the impacts along the M1 and M6 motorways from London to Carlisle. Using data from the Highways Agency and NIMROD precipitation radar data, the relationships between traffic speeds, flows and precipitation intensities are being investigated with a view to using the findings with climate projections to develop an understanding of how the road network may be affected by precipitation in future.
Elizabeth’s research is part of the Future Resilient Transport Networks (Futurenet) project, funded by the EPSRC.
MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology, University of Birmingham, 2009
BSc (Hons) Geography, University of Birmingham, 2008
Elizabeth previously studied BSc Geography at the University of Birmingham and then went on to complete an MSc in Applied Meteorology and Climatology before commencing her PhD studies.
Climate change, Transport, GIS
Member of the organising committee for the Royal Meteorological Society Student Conference (2012)
Royal Meteorological Society member
First year undergraduate academic tutor
Hooper E. & Chapman L. (2012) The Impacts of Climate Change on National Road and Rail Networks, in Ryley T. & Chapman L. (Eds) Transport and Sustainability, Volume 2, Transport and Climate Change, Emerald, Bingley, pp 105 – 136
Hooper E., Chapman L. & Quinn A. (in press) Investigating the impact of precipitation on vehicle speed on UK motorways, Meteorological Application