School of Engineering

Catchment and Water Management

Catchment and Water Management

Drawing upon our field studies across the north of England and data from around the world, we have developed multi-scale monitoring strategies and modelling tools.

Over 20 years we have developed a distinctive catchment systems approach:

  • providing the science base for the management of flooding, pollution, and water resources
  • pioneering the use of Nature-Based Solutions to water management

We've developed multi-scale monitoring strategies and modelling tools. We research the impacts of real interventions in the landscape, including:

  • comprehensive assessment of land use management impact on catchment scale flood generation
  • development of multi-functional controls on water and nutrient runoff for agricultural land management
  • full-scale Natural Flood Management (NFM) soft engineering interventions that have demonstrated measurable impacts on flood peak

Our catchment systems studies provide new evidence of the scales at which the effects of pollution mitigation measures are detectable.

Working with colleagues from Agriculture and Energy, we are improving the management of the water, energy, food nexus.

Our multi-scale scientific approach and collaboration with landowners and regulators across spatial scales provides the solid evidence needed to underpin national policy and influence policy makers.

Tyne bridge at night.