An external view of the Met Office building at night.

Dr Joanne Robbins

Areas of expertise

  • Risk and impact modelling and impact-based evaluation 
  • Rainfall-induced landslide forecasting and warning
  • Communication of probabilistic high-impact weather forecasts
  • Geographic Information Systems

Current activities

Joanne works on risk and impact modelling for improved forecasting and warning of hydro-meteorological hazards. Her research focuses on developing forecast applications that support decision-making for high-impact weather events. This involves integrating hazard forecast information with vulnerability and exposure datasets and identifying novel ways to produce and evaluation hazard impact models. Her current research activities focus on 3 key themes: 

  • Developing impact models for hydrometeorological hazards and advancing methods to support impact-based forecasting 
  • Impact-based evaluation using novel, non-standard observations (e.g. using social sensing methods) 
  • Landslide forecasting and warning 

Current projects include:

Career background

Joanne joined the Met Office in November 2007 after completing an MSc in Geophysical Hazards at University College London (UCL) and a BSc in Physcial Geography from the University of Sheffield.  In 2014 Joanne completed her PhD in Geology at the University of Leicester. Her thesis is entitled 'Application of satellite and airborne technologies for the development of probabilistic rainfall thresholds and susceptibility maps for landslides in Papua New Guinea'. She became the manager of the Weather Impact Teams in August 2019.  

Professional responsibilities