Professor Andrew Binley has been elected as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union   for his “breakthrough” work in the field of hydrogeophysics.

The American Geophysical Union(AGU), the world’s principal Earth and space sciences scientific body, cited Professor Binley’s “Outstanding contributions toward the fundamental understanding of hydrological model uncertainty and for pioneering the field of hydrogeophysics”.

Professor Andrew Binley, Professor of Hydrogeophysics at the Lancaster Environment Centre. He is one of only 62 AGU fellows elected this year worldwide, out of the organisation’s 60,000 members. AGU states that “Nominated fellows must have attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences.  Primary criteria for evaluation in scientific eminence are being involved in a “major breakthrough/discovery and paradigm shift”.  

Professor Binley has been developing new approaches to solving groundwater hydrological problems using geophysical techniques for over 20 years.  This work ranges from the fundamental understanding of petrophysical properties of porous media, through to the development of new theoretical approaches for the fusion of multiple data types and scales.   One particular hydrological area of focus for much of Professor Binley’s recent work is the interaction of groundwater and rivers, related, in particular, to nutrient transport. He is also working with colleagues in LEC in extending his techniques to the study of plant-soil-water exchanges.