Recent projects with research impact

SusHi-Wat Sustaining Himalayas Water Resources in a Changing Climate

CWSI are involved in the NERC-funded SusHi-Wat project, investigating how water is stored in, and moves through, a Himalayan river system to inform current and future decision making and support the sustainable development and management of the region's water resources. Working with four Indian institutions, Heriot-Watt University and the British Antarctic Survey, the CWSI group is in charge of the hydrological modelling and the integration of climate change, socio-economic and water management using a system-based perspective..

Assessing the water resource benefits of land management improvements

CWSI have developed a tool for WWF-UK and Coca-Cola to quantify the increase in groundwater recharge of land management interventions. The River Nar is a unique chalk stream that flows through an area where 80% of British sugar beet used in Coca Cola drinks is cultivated. WWF-UK and Coca Cola wanted a tool to assess the benefits of land management change. The aim was to increase groundwater recharge in order to increase drought resilience in this water stressed part of the country. Whilst negligible recharge benefits are gained from improvements on land that is already in good condition, the work showed that greater benefits could be achieved on the freely draining soils and to the fields with the poorest condition. This outcome enabled WWF-UK to target their activities in those parts of the catchment likely to deliver the greatest water resource benefits.

Recent relevant publications

Pullan, S.P., Whelan, M.J. , Rettino, J., Filby, K., Eyre, S., Holman, I.P. (2016). Development and application of a catchment scale pesticide fate and transport model for use in drinking water risk assessment. Sci Total Environ. 563-564: 434-447

Harrison PA, Dunford R, Holman IP, Rounsevell MDA (2016). Climate change impact modelling needs to include cross-sectoral interactions. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/nclimate3039

Grabowski, R. C.; Gurnell, A. M. (2016). Hydrogeomorphology-Ecology Interactions in River Systems. River Research and Applications 32(2): 139-141

Grabowski, R. C.; Gurnell, A. M. (2016). Diagnosing problems of fine sediment delivery and transfer in a lowland catchment Aquatic Sciences 78(1): 95-106

Summers M, Holman IP, Grabowski RC (2015). Adaptive management of river flows in Europe: a transferable framework for implementation. J Hydrol 531(3): 696-705

Bloodworth JW, Holman IP, Burgess PJ, Gillman S, Frogbrook Z, Brown P (2015). Developing a multi-pollutant conceptual framework for the selection and targeting of interventions in water industry catchment management schemes. J. Environ Manage 161: 153-162

Taylor RG, Scanlon B, Doell P, Rodell M, Van Beek R, Wada Y, Longuevergne L, Leblanc M, Famiglietti JS, Edmunds M, Konikow L, Green TR, Chen J, Taniguchi M, Bierkens MFP, Macdonald A, Fan Y, Maxwell RM, Yechieli Y, Gurdak JJ, Allen DM, Shamsudduha M, Hiscock K, Yeh PJ-F, Holman I & Treidel H. (2013) Ground Water and Climate Change. Nature Climate Change, 3 (4): 322-329.

Holman IP, Rushton KR & Simpson TB. (2013) The benefits of spatially targeted water level management for salinity reduction in a coastal aquifer. Water Resources Management, 27 (1): 169-186.

Ishak AM, Remesan R, Srivastava PK, Islam T & Han D. (2013) Error Correction Modelling of Wind Speed Through Hydro-Meteorological Parameters and Mesoscale Model: A Hybrid Approach. Water Resources Management, 27 (1): 1-23.