Dr Chris Whitlow

Dr Chris Whitlow is an expert in hydrometeorology, water quality, sediment transport and hydraulic modelling with more than 35 years postgraduate experience. Arguably his primary claim to fame is associated with the development of the ISIS (now Flood Modeller) software which is still the main software used to simulate river channels in the UK.

He developed the first Environment Agency (EA) modelling strategy to draft level and was the technical advisor during the process to create the first National Flood Forecasting System, also for the EA. He also authored or co-authored EA documents such as the real-time modelling guidance and the extension of rating curves at gauging stations.

He retains a very strong capability in flood forecasting and led Edenvale Young in the development of more than 50 forecasting models to support river and coastal flood warning in the cities of Manchester, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Perth, Leicester, Gloucester, York, Bristol and London among others.

Chris is also proud to be a director of the Bristol Avon Rivers Trust consultancy and has developed close relationships with various rivers trusts in recent years which has included working on projects to quantify the impact of Natural Flood Risk management (NFM) interventions as well as small storage areas, constructed wetland design, weir removals, river restoration and reconnection of watercourses.