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Sustainable Catchments

Group Leader: Dr Nick Chappell

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 of 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.

Ongoing research projects

  • Promote via the GCRF Living Deltas Hub Sustainable Development Goals in the Red River, Mekong and the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Deltas (UKRI-funded 2019-)

Group Leader

Nick Chappell

Dr Nick Chappell FRGS, FHEA

Reader in Hydrological Processes

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

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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

Q-NFM : Quantifying the likely magnitude of nature-based flood mitigation effects across large catchments
01/11/2017 → 30/09/2021
Research

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

N8 : UK Soya Production for Economic Benefits
01/06/2017 → …
Research

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

The Water Towers of East Africa : Policies and Practices for enhancing co-enefits from joint forest and water conservation.
01/03/2017 → 29/02/2020
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

Forecasting river levels utilising non stationarity
01/01/2016 → …
Research

Quantifying and Reducing Uncertainty in the Processes Controlling Tropospheric Ozone and OH
01/01/2016 → 17/04/2019
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 → 31/03/2019
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

Modelling effects of changing discharge patterns on lake phytoplankton
01/05/2008 → 31/03/2009
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

Greening Livestock : Incentive-Based Interventions for Reducing the Climate Impact of Livestock in East Africa
01/01/1900 → …
Research

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