Dr Nick Chappell FRGS, FHEA

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Research Overview


Nick’s research focuses on rainfall-runoff processes within upland UK & equatorial tropics.

Runoff pathways are regulated by meteorological & watershed effects & are impacted by land-use changes, such as those resulting from forestry. These pathways then regulate flood responses, erosion, sediment delivery & a range of water quality characteristics.

Current rates of development within the humid tropics are giving profound changes to water pathways & water resources (Wohl et al., 2012 Nature Climate Change), & research utilising new sensor (Pereira et al., 2014 Geophysical Research Letters) & modelling technologies (Chappell, Jones and Tych, 2017 Water Research) is needed.

Ongoing research projects where Nick is the Principal Investigator at Lancaster include:

Nick has a long-term research commitment to the discipline of forest hydrology at experimental basins in Malaysian Borneo with partner the Yayasan Sabah Group and at other sites within the SMART Watershed Network. For further details of Nick’s research publications and projects click these links and use the tabs above.

Research-led teaching and training

Nick teaches the core year 1 and year 2 hydrology courses and a third year field-course based at the Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre (click links to see course pages):

These courses are available to the BSc Environmental Science programme, BSc Geography programme, and other programmes in LEC. Nick also teaches undergraduate, masters and PhD research projects in field hydrology and hydrological modelling and is the Director of the MSc Sustainable Water Management and PgCert/PgDip/MSc Flood and Coastal Risk Management programmes:

Nick is the author of the first eight chapters (focusing on hydrometry) of the latest edition of the hydrology reference text: Shaw EM, Beven KJ, Chappell NA & Lamb R 2011 Hydrology in Practice, Fourth Edition, Taylor & Francis


Research and teaching items that have appeared in news articles:

For further information, see Nick’s personal webpages

Quantifying the Benefits of Natural Flood Management: Equivalent Volume Metrics (eVol)
01/08/2023 → 30/09/2023

Working with Natural Processes Evidence Directory Update
01/03/2023 → 30/09/2023

Q-NFM : Quantifying the likely magnitude of nature-based flood mitigation effects across large catchments - additional funding
01/10/2022 → 31/12/2022

CiFR-Lancaster (Cumbria innovative Flood Resilience)
01/03/2022 → 31/03/2027

Cumbrian Natural Flood Management Effectiveness Monitoring Network
01/02/2019 → 31/05/2026

Q-NFM : Quantifying the likely magnitude of nature-based flood mitigation effects across large (Additional Funding Stream)
01/07/2018 → 31/07/2022

Rutherford Fund Strategic Partner Grant 2018
01/04/2018 → 31/03/2019

CLIMresilience: Exploring the economics of land use change for increasing resilience to climate change in England
10/02/2018 → 29/06/2018

Q-NFM : Quantifying the likely magnitude of nature-based flood mitigation effects across large catchments
01/11/2017 → 31/07/2022

Natural capital
01/10/2017 → 30/11/2017

Quantifying flood mitigation benefits of proposed Countryside Stewardship interventions in the Gaythorne Hall demonstration catchment, Cumbria
01/09/2017 → 30/11/2017

Quantifying flood mitigation benefits of tree planting on Mallerstang West Common, Upper Eden
01/09/2017 → 30/11/2017

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

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

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

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

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

Hydrological and carbon services in the western Ghats
01/03/2014 → 30/08/2016

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

Diversity in Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Service Sustainability - DURESS
01/05/2012 → 30/06/2016

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

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

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

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  • Understanding a changing planet
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