Justin Sheffield received a BSc degree in mathematics with oceanography from the University of Southampton, UK in 1989 and a MSc degree in engineering mathematics from University of Newcastle, UK in 1992. He was awarded a PhD degree in hydroclimatology from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands in 2008.
From 1992 to 2000 he was a research scientist at the University of Newcastle. He was a research scholar at Princeton University, USA, from 2000 to 2016. Currently he is Professor of hydrology and remote sensing and Head of School of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Southampton, UK. His interests are focused on fundamental and applied research on large-scale hydrology and its interactions with climate variability and change. He has published extensively on hydrological extremes, climate change, and hydrological processes from catchment to global scale, and on the application of research to natural hazards impacts reduction, and water and food security particularly in developing regions, including monitoring and prediction systems.
He has received a number of awards including the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water in 2014 for research work on drought monitoring and prediction, and the Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2013 for outstanding multi-disciplinary research and applications in hydrological hazards. He was named as the 2019 Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology by the American Meteorological Society for advancing hydrologically coherent analyses of drought across time and space scales, and for pioneering the development of integrated drought monitoring tools for food-insecure countries.
- Large-scale hydrology and its interactions with climate variability and change.
- Hydrological extremes, climate change, and hydrological processes from catchment to global scale.
- The application of fundamental research to natural hazards impacts reduction, including monitoring and prediction systems.
- Water and food security particularly in developing regions.
- Robert E. Horton Lecturer in Hydrology (2019)
- European Geosciences Union Plinius Medal (2013)
- Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (2014)