Contact Professor Ian Holman

Areas of expertise

  • Soil Resources
  • Water Science and Engineering


Professor Holman joined Cranfield University in 1994, working at the northern regional office of the Soil Survey and Land Research Centre, formerly the Soil Survey of England and Wales, where he contributed to the development of groundwater quality protection strategies in Lithuania and the Philippines and soil mapping of the Isle of Man.

Appointed Lecturer in 2001 and promoted to Reader in 2013, Professor Holman brings interdisciplinary hydrogeological and spatial pedology expertise to sustainable water resource management and climate change impacts and adaptation research for a range of Governmental, non-governmental and commercial organisations.

Professor Holman was Co-Chairman of the International Association of Hydrogeologists' Commission on Climate Change and Groundwater (2003-11).

Current activities

Professor Holman's research focusses on understanding the effects of interactions between land management, soil properties and weather on soil degradation, agricultural yields and hydrological response, under current and future conditions. He is the Cranfield Principal Investigator (PI) on a number of major UK government and European Commission funded projects relating to water and land resources:

  • Workpackage and case study lead in the "Impacts and risks from high-end scenarios: Strategies for innovative solutions" (IMPRESSIONS) FP7 project (Contract No 312848)
  • Leading the development of an interactive web-based participatory modelling platform for the integrated assessment of climate change impacts, adaptation and vulnerability within natural resource systems (water, agriculture, forest and biodiversity) across Europe within the CLIMSAVE FP7 project (Contract No 244031)
  • Leading the agricultural components of two of the projects within the NERC Droughts and Water Scarcity programme (NE/L010186/1)
  • Leading the climate change Impacts and uncertainty assessment within the NERC and Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences-funded project on "Mitigating Climate Change Impacts on India Agriculture through Improved Irrigation Water Management" (NE/I022329/1 and NE/L010070/1)
  • Acting lead for the catchment modelling of sediment and flows with the EPSRC FloodMemory project (EP/K013513/1) to investigate the effects of temporal clustering of flood events on natural built and socio-economic systems with memory
  • Contributing to the sediment dynamics modelling within the "Delivering and Evaluating Multiple Flood Risk Benefits in Blue-Green Cities" (EP/K013661/1)
  • Modeling European Agriculture with Climate Change for food Security (MASCUR, BB/K010301/1).


Recent clients have included:

  • Research Councils (NERC, BBSRC and EPSRC)
  • UK Government departments including Defra and DFID
  • European Commission (FP7 and DG Environment)
  • Environment Agency and Countryside Council for Wales
  • Broads Authority
  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Holman I, Remesan R & Adeloye AJ (2013) Assessing the implications of baseline climate uncertainty on simulated hydrology of the Himalayan Beas river basin in NW India. In: AGU Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, 9 December 2013.
  • Beven K, Romanowicz R, Young P, Holman IP, Posthumus H, Morris J, Rose S, O'Connell E & Ewen J (2008) An event classification approach to the identification of hydrological change. In: Defra Flood Risk and Coastal Management Conference 2008, Manchester, 1 July 2008.
  • Holman IP, Whitehead J & Deeks LK (2007) Using SWAT to support the Habitats Directive in the UK- a case study from the east of England. In: 4th international SWAT conference , Delft, The Netherlands, 4 July 2007.
  • Clarke MA, Creamer RE, Deeks LK, Gowing D, Holman IP, Jones RJA, Palmer RC, Potts S, Rickson RJ, Ritz K, Thompson TRE, Truckell IG, Vickery J, Whalley R & Woodcock B (2007) Soil compaction in England and Wales : a vulnerability assessment, state-of knowledge and recommendations for future research. In: Soils - fit for purpose ? : BSSS Annual Meeting 2007, Aberystwyth, UK, 1 September 2007.
  • Henriques C & Holman IP (2006) The implications of future climate and socio-economic change for delivering environmental legislative requirements in East Anglia and North West England. In: British Hydrology Society 9th National Hydrology Symposium, Durham, 11 September 2006.
  • Holman IP & Howsam P (2002) Regional implications of climate and societal change for achieving good ecological status. In: 2002 Science for Water - Implications for the Water Framework Directive Conference, Norwich, 1 January 2002.
  • Holman IP & Palmer RC (1999) Groundwater protection incorporated into land use planning: a study from Cebu City, the Philippines.. In: Impacts of Urban Growth and Groundwater Quality, UK, 1 June 1999.
  • Holman IP & Hiscock KM (1995) Controls on Saline Intrusion in the crag aquifer of north east Norfolk in an area of drained coastal marshes. In: Proceeding of the Fourth Annual Conference on Groundwater Pollution, UK, 1 July 1995.
  • Holman IP, Loveland PJ, Bellamy PH, Jarvis N & Vachaud G CAMSCALE: upscaling, predictive models and catchment water quality. In: Proceedings of the European Climate Science Conference, Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • Holman IP & Al Mulla M Application of SWAT in a Mountainous Arid Catchment in United Arab Emirates. In: 4th Inernational SWAT conference, Delft, The Netherlands.


  • Holman IP & Naess LO (2008) Vulnerability Assessments in the Developed World: The UK and Norway. In: Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change- Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy, Earthscan.
  • Holman IP (2006) Regional hydrological impacts of climate and socio-economic change in North West England, UK. In: Water in Celtic Countries: Quantity, Quality and Climate Variability (Proceedings of the Fourth InterCeltic Colloquium on Hydrology and Management of Water Resources, Guimarýes, Portugal, July 2005), IAHS.