Contact Ann Holden

Areas of expertise

  • Digital Agriculture
  • Monitoring and Environmental Informatics
  • Natural Capital
  • Soil
  • Soil Resources


Ann Holden has considerable experience in creating GIS software applications.

Ann gained a BSc honours degree in Geography and Maths at Keele University, with a distinction in computing. She then spent the next 12 years working within commercial computing mainly on software development projects.

Areas of work included international banking, finance, back office sales systems, a COSHH system and an interface to a generic software change management system.

In 2001, Ann returned to university to study for an MSc in Geographical Information Management at Cranfield University. Her project created a wizard application in Visual Basic and Esri's ArcObjects, using historical and current satellite data, and gained her an award for the best student on the course.

Ann's first role on joining Cranfield in 2002 was to create a standalone GIS database. She has gone on to develop a number of GIS software applications as part of or for use in various research projects.

The longest running project Ann has been involved with is CatcHIS, for which she developed a PC based software application for Use in Esri's ArcView GIS platform. CatchIS is a catchment based pesticide risk assessment decision tool, which is used by a number of Water companies and the environment agency. Another GIS application Ann has developed is a soil survey form for use on a Pocket PC or GPS using Esri's Arcpad. The application replaces a manual system of recording the details on a card and then typing all the details by hand into the computer.

In addition to GIS based applications Ann has aided projects through the development of utilities, Such as running models, such as Genstat and Century, using a large and varied amount of data.

Current activities

Ann Holden has developed and supported CatchIS, a catchment based pesticide risk assessment decision tool. She also supports the Institute of Environment and Health database web applications.


  • Severn Trent Water
  • Yorkshire Water
  • Anglian Water
  • United Utilities
  • Environment Agency
  • ETI.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Hallett SH, Boyce D, Laidoudi G, Mcintosh BS, Rinaudo JD, Courtois N, Imeson A & Holden A (2005) SCAPT: A Strategic Catchment Analysis and Planning Tool.. In: Drought and Water Deficiency: From Research to Policy Making, Cyprus, 12 May 2005.


  • Hollis JM, Jones RJA, Marshall CJ, Holden A, Van De Veen JR & Montanarella L (2006) SPADE2: The Soil Profile Analytical Database for Europe version 1.0. Office for the official Publications of the European Communities.