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

Janes VJ, Holman I, Birkinshaw SJ, O'Donnell G & Kilsby CG (2018) Improving bank erosion modelling at catchment scale by incorporating temporal and spatial variability, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, 43 (1) 124-133.  

Rust W, Holman I, Corstanje R, Bloomfield J & Cuthbert M (2018) A conceptual model for climatic teleconnection signal control on groundwater variability in Europe, Earth-Science Reviews, 177 (February) 164-174.

Azhoni A, Jude S & Holman I (2018) Adapting to climate change by water management organisations: enablers and barriers, Journal of Hydrology, 559 (April) 736-748.

Holman IP, Brown C, Carter TR, Harrison PA & Rounsevell M (2018) Improving the representation of adaptation in climate change impact models, Regional Environmental Change, Early online.

Magliozzi C, Coro G, Grabowski R, Packman AI & Krause S (2018) A multiscale statistical method to identify potential areas of hyporheic exchange for river restoration planning, Environmental Modelling and Software, Early online.

Janes VJ, Grabowski R, Mant J, Allen D, Morse JL & Hayes H (2017) The impacts of natural flood management approaches on in-channel sediment quality, River Research and Applications, 33 (1) 89-101.  

Salmoral G, Willaarts BA, Garrido A & Guse B (2017) Fostering integrated land and water management approaches: Evaluating the water footprint of a Mediterranean basin under different agricultural land use scenarios, Land Use Policy, 61 (February) 24-39.

Momblanch A, Paredes-Arquiola J & Andreu J (2017) Improved modelling of the freshwater provisioning ecosystem service in water scarce river basins, Environmental Modelling and Software, 94 (August) 87-99.

Koutroulis A, Papadimitriou L, Grillakis M, Tsanis I, Wyser K & Betts R (2018) Freshwater vulnerability under high end climate change. A pan-European assessment, Science of the Total Environment, 613-614 (February) 271-286.

Betts RA, Alfieri L, Bradshaw C, Caesar J, Feyen L, Friedlingstein P, Gohar L, Koutroulis A, Lewis K, Morfopoulos C, Papadimitriou L, Richardson KJ, Tsanis I & Wyser (2018) Changes in climate extremes, fresh water availability and vulnerability to food insecurity projected at 1.5° C and 2° C global warming with a higher-resolution global climate model, Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 376 (2119, 20160452).

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

Mickal Dubois

Cranfield gave me the opportunity to undertake a research project in freshwater ecology, involving field work and research with an applied scope by giving practitioner advice. This was interesting and the start of adventure in the United Kingdom.

Mickael Dubois, Current PhD student