This sub-theme focuses on understanding surface and groundwater dynamics and managing waterways sustainably in an uncertain future.
Our Water Resources staff and PhD students are conducting research on a range of topics, collaborating with staff from across the University of Nottingham, and a network of other global institutions and international campuses.
River Restoration and Flood Management
Our group has extensive experience of managing and restoring rivers around the World. Currently, our focus is on working with natural processes when restoring rivers; the participation of stakeholders in management; and sustainable flood management, particularly in urban settings (for example, Blue-Green Cities). We have convened international conferences and workshops on these themes, as well as publishing work in high impact journals:
- Maskrey, S.A., Mount, N.J., Thorne, C.R. and Dryden, I., 2016. Participatory modelling for stakeholder involvement in the development of flood risk management intervention options. Environmental Modelling and Software. 82, 275-294
- O'Donnell, E, Woodhouse, R and Thorne, C, 2017. Evaluating the multiple benefits of a sustainable drainage scheme in Newcastle, UK. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management
Hydrology and Water Quality
We monitor, measure and model hydrological systems with a focus on water availability, quality and hazards. As a group we focus on global to local scales, with particular interest in the implications of climate change on hydrological systems. Current ongoing projects focus on water temperature, organic pollutants, microplastics in freshwaters, heavy metals from historic mining and modelling human impacts on global water resources.
- Gosling, SN, Zaherpour, J, Mount, NJ, Hattermann, FF, Dankers, R, Arheimer, B, Breuer, L, Ding, J, Haddeland, I, Kumar, R, Kundu, D, Liu, J, Van Griensven, A, Veldkamp, Tie, Vetter, T, Wang, X and Zhang, X, 2017. A comparison of changes in river runoff from multiple global and catchment-scale hydrological models under global warming scenarios of 1 °C, 2 °C and 3 °C. Climatic Change. 141, 577-595
- Johnson MF and Wilby RL. (2015) Seeing the landscape for the trees: Metrics to guide riparian shade management in river catchments. Water Resources Research 50: 3754-3769
We focus on fluvial geomorphology in small and large rivers, with interests in informing the management and restoration of river systems. Our work has involved monitoring, as well as flume experimentation and modelling work. Current work includes geomorphological changes driven by biological activity and assessing and predicting geomorphological change in major systems, for example, Mount St Helens, Brahmaputra-Ganges.
- Soar, Philip J., Wallerstein, Nicholas P. And Thorne, Colin R., 2017. Quantifying River Channel Stability at the Basin Scale. WATER. 9(2)
- Rice SP, Johnson MF, Mathers K, Reeds, J and Extence C. (2016) The importance of biotic entrainment for base flow fluvial sediment transport. Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface
Our group is interested in the interaction between ecological systems and fluvial environmental processes. This includes using ecological communities to monitor changes in water and habitat quality and better understanding how organisms perceive and navigate river environments. We focus particularly on invasive invertebrate species.
- Everall NC, Johnson MF, Wilby RL and Bennett CJ. (2015) Detecting phenology change in the mayfly Ephemera danica: Responses to spatial and temporal water temperature variation. Ecological Entomology 40: 95-105
- Johnson MF and Rice SP. (2014) Animal perception in gravel-bed rivers: Scales of sensing and environmental controls on sensory information. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71: 945 - 957