Sustainable Catchments

Catchments are landscape areas that contribute water, sediments and solutes to downstream locations.

The sustainable use of catchments that support food production, manufacturing industry, jobs, housing, recreation and ecology is critical if we are to deliver beneficial ecosystem services with respect to flood mitigation, water resource availability and water quality.

Our LEC Sustainable Catchments Challenge uses science, scholarship and innovation to address the complexities that link upstream interventions (positive or negative) to the downstream consequences for people, business and environment. We bring together disciplines that include hydrology, biogeochemistry, soil science, crop science, ecology, eco-innovation and social sciences, to tackle these issues in the face of changing local and global pressures.

Some particular areas of focus are:

  • Managing catchments to promote agricultural sustainability, but to minimize diffuse pollution from nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and other substances.  This involves innovation to seek new soil and plant solutions to use nutrients efficiently, as well as testing ways to trap pollutants in the catchment.
  • Managing water through greater utilization of natural process to reduce flood risk, involving innovations in modelling supported by field experimental work and meaningful stakeholder engagement.
  • Determining the effects of climate change on the ecology of Sustainable Catchments.
  • Managing a collaborative National Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) for in the River Eden, to influence policy for the Government.

People

Group Leader

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Energy Lancaster, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 510224 A532a, A - Floor, LEC 1

Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510285

Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510262 B061, B - Floor, LEC 1

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593892

Energy Lancaster, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593927 B539, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593933 A508, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Improving global stewardship, Soil Plant and Land Systems, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 595009

Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593893 B509, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Ecology and Conservation, Sustainable Catchments

Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 510225 C044, C - Floor, CEH

Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Energy Lancaster, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 510264

Centre for Biophotonics, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510230 B061, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Modelling and Inference, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)7866 715761

Centre for Biophotonics, Earth Science, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510268

Soil Plant and Land Systems, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593935

Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Soil Plant and Land Systems, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593654 A506, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Innovation for a better environment, Political Ecology , Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593897

Soil Plant and Land Systems, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 592819

Innovation for a better environment, Soil Plant and Land Systems, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510211 B043, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 594516 A504, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 594715 LG526c, Lower Ground, LEC 1

Energy Lancaster, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593973 A514a, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Critical Geographies, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)1524 510258

Centre for Biophotonics, Environmental and Biogeochemistry, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593899

Publications

Projects

Identifying and Evaluating New Environmental Risk Factors for Cancer, Cardiovascular, and Neurological Diseases through Innovative Approaches to Population-Based Exposure Assessment
02/04/2018 → 01/12/2020
Other

Magnitude of flood mitigation benefits resulting from tree planting and other measures in Wasdale Beck Catchment (River Lune headwaters)
26/06/2017 → 21/08/2017
Research

Testing the 'megadrought' hypothesis : the timing, cause and impacts of climate change in equatorial Africa.
01/06/2017 → 31/05/2020
Research

Improving Air Quality, Energy Efficiency, Well-Being and Productivity in Private and Public Buildings
01/02/2017 → 01/03/2020
Research

Brake Dust Emissions
01/01/2017 → 30/09/2020
Research

The Last 100metres : Safeguarding potable water provisioning to urban informal settlements
01/12/2016 → 30/11/2018
Research

Working with natural processes: Life IP natural flood risk management targeting maps
25/07/2016 → 27/05/2017
Research

Soil-Value: Valuing and enhancing soil infrastructure to improve societal sustainability and resilience
01/06/2016 → 31/05/2021
Research

AIRPRO - Air Pollution Processes in Beijing
31/01/2016 → 30/07/2018
Research

Quantifying and Reducing Uncertainty in the Processes Controlling Tropospheric Ozone and OH
01/01/2016 → 31/12/2018
Research

Sources and Emissions of Air Pollutants in Beijing (AIRPOLL-Beijing)
01/01/2016 → 31/12/2019
Research

Data-Driven Precision Surface Water Management for Urban Environments
01/09/2015 → 31/05/2017
Research

Novel Rainfall-Runoff Model of the Ulu Segama Basin, Borneo
01/01/2015 → 31/01/2015
Research

RAPID 2G Magenetometer with Field Tumbling Capability
01/12/2014 → 01/12/2018
Research

Chappell - CWC Extension Grant
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2015
Research

Visualising Pathogen & Environmental Risk (ViPER) : an innovation platform to bridge science and decision-making in catchment microbial dynamics
01/10/2014 → 31/03/2015
Research

NERC - Watershed determinants of terrestrial resource use by aquatic organisms across the world's freshwater hotspots
01/09/2014 → …
Research

Exploiting root exudation of organic acids and phytases to enhance plant utilisation of soil phosphorus
31/03/2014 → 31/08/2017
Research

Sediment source tracing, the Tamar basin
03/03/2014 → …
Research

Magnetic particles in human brains
03/02/2014 → …
Research

Piloting a Cost-Effective Framework for Monitoring Soil Erosion in England and Wales
01/06/2013 → 31/05/2016
Research

Third International Tropical Hydrology Workshop
01/06/2013 → 30/11/2013
Research

Algal Interactions with Freshwater Mussels in the River Ehen
22/03/2013 → 30/04/2018
Research

The Consortium on Risk in the Environment: Diagnostics, Integrationg, Benchmarking, Learning and Elicitation (CREDIBLE)
01/01/2013 → 31/01/2017
Research

Analysis and simulation of the long term/large scale interactions of C, N and P in UK land, freshwater and atmosphere
12/11/2012 → 11/11/2015
Research

U.K. Natural Environment Research Council–Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund studentship
01/10/2012 → …
Research

ERDF funded Centre for Global Eco-Innovation: Recovery, Reuse and Sustainable Treatment of Glycol Contaminated Surface Water Run-off at Airports.
30/09/2012 → …
Research

Presentation of the Survey Project Results
17/09/2012 → 30/09/2012
Research

Water Security - Feasibility Studies: Assessing the feasibility of using novel sub-micron, magnetic sorbent material for the removal of dissolved organic carbon from Blue Water
16/09/2012 → 15/03/2013
Research

Ecological Continuity Trust: Establishing a Consortium Application
05/09/2012 → 31/12/2013
Research

Breathe Easier: Adaptation of Passive directional air-pollution sampler
01/09/2012 → …
Research

Implementing Component 2 of Demonstration Test Catchments
01/06/2012 → 30/09/2017
Research

magnetic susceptibilty as a proxy for identifying tropical soils affected by erosion, fire, drainage conditions & anthropogenic pollution
01/06/2012 → 31/01/2013
Research

Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaboration
01/04/2012 → 31/03/2018
Research

Biodiversity and the water cycle
27/02/2012 → 15/07/2012
Research

FP7: ROOTOPOWER: Empowering root targeted strategies to minimize abiotic stress impacts on horticultural crops
01/01/2012 → 31/12/2015
Research

CASE Studentship for Beck Strong - CEH funded
01/10/2011 → …
Other

Catchment Modelling Strategies for Faecal Indicator Organisms: Options Review and Recommendations
01/09/2010 → 01/03/2011
Research

Quantifying sensitivity of suspended sediment dynamics to environmental change within the upper Ramu
15/03/2009 → 14/03/2010
Research

FP7: IMPRINTS
15/01/2009 → 15/07/2012
Research

Radiocarbon dating Bassenthwaite lake sediments
18/06/2007 → 17/09/2007
Research

FP6: Governat
01/10/2006 → 30/09/2010
Research

Evaluation of mitigation options for reducing nutrient emission to surface water and groundwater at the river basin scale.
30/03/2006 → …
Research

EA WWNP-WP2 – National NFM Opportunity Mapping
01/01/1900 → …
Research

The Catchment Change Management Hub
01/01/1900 → …
Research