Based in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Centre of Research in Environment and Society, our research group undertakes basic, applicable and applied science relating to fluvial processes within catchments and river systems.
Our conceptual approach stresses the importance of linkages between geomorphology and hydrology to riverscape ecology and ‘source-to-sea’ understanding of the aquatic system. Understanding such processes, over short and long timescales, is a necessary step towards creating catchments and rivers that are resilient to environmental change (for instance, in response to more frequent extreme events like flooding) and that maximise the value of ecosystem services for society. Our main research foci are:
- Source, transfer and fate of fine sediment within rural and urban catchments both in the UK and overseas; use of radionuclides as tracers
- Human and biological impacts on river sediment and water quality
- Assessment of channel heterogeneity and ecosystem services across river networks using field, digital and remotely sensed data
- Evaluation of the impacts of land use changes on coarse sediment transport, channel morphology response and aquatic habitat.
- Development of strategies to deliver effective catchment and river management and restoration together with new modes of assessment and monitoring
- Understanding community resilience and stakeholder viewpoints