Meet the team

We provide leadership in understanding and managing environmental processes

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River Basin Processes and Management

River Basin Processes and Management

We provide international leadership in understanding and managing environmental processes and feedbacks that control and link water, sediment, solute and biotic dynamics in river basins, estuaries and marine systems. 

We are particularly renowned for our research strengths in peatland science, glacial and ice-marginal systems, hillslope processes, and water resource management. 

Our expertise

  • Hydrology and hydraulics: Hillslope hydrology, soil water, river hydraulics, shallow groundwater, natural flood management.

  • Geomorphology: Soil erosion, hillslope and river sediment flux, peatland processes, 3D modelling.

  • Biogeochemistry: Carbon and nitrogen cycling, metals, emerging contaminants including pharmaceuticals, isotopes.

  • Aquatic ecosystems: Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, invasive species, macroinvertebrates, Water Framework Directive (WFD).

  • Glaciology: Glacier dynamics, glacial landforms, outburst floods, surface energy balance modelling.

As part of water@leeds we develop and use innovative observational science, field and laboratory experiments and modelling approaches in interdisciplinary research projects across the globe.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail please contact: Dr Mark Smith.

Postdoctoral fellowships

We support outstanding individuals both from the UK and overseas who wish to apply for externally funded fellowships in the areas of our research interests. Funding can be sought from the following sources:

Please contact one of our academic staff members if you wish to discuss a potential application.