Dr Brian Irvine

Profile

Mediterranean and European land degradation, past and present. Hydraulics and sediment dynamics of overland flow; sediment transport and turbulent flow processes; soil erosion and landforms; diffuse and acute sediment pollution; sediment control; soil/land management and water resource management. Integration of remote sensing data, variations in hydrological response and sediment supply due to anthropogenic and climatic pressure, flood frequency analysis.

Mediterranean and European land degradation, past and present. Hydraulics and sediment dynamics of overland flow; sediment transport and turbulent flow processes; soil erosion and landforms; diffuse and acute sediment pollution; sediment control; soil/land management and water resource management. Integration of remote sensing data, variations in hydrological response and sediment supply due to anthropogenic and climatic pressure, flood frequency analysis.

Current Projects

  • SUSTAINABLE UPLANDS DEFRA/NERC: Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (RELU) (2005-8): Combining knowledge from local stakeholders, policy-makers and social and natural scientists to anticipate, monitor and sustainably manage rural change in UK uplands.
  • DESURVEY EU Framework VI (2005-10) 'Global change and ecosystems' Defining a compact set of integrated procedures of desertification assessment and forecasting.
  • TEMPQSIM EU Framework V (2002-6) 'Sustainable management and quality of water'. (Contract no: EVK1-CT-2002-00112) Evaluation and improvement of water quality models for application to temporary waters in Southern European catchments.
  • DESERTLINKS EU Framework V (2001-5)(Contract no: EVK2-CT-2001-00109) Combating Desertification in Mediterranean Europe: Linking Science with Stakeholders.
  • PESERA EU Framework V (2000-3) (Contract no. QLK5-CT-1999-01323) Pan-European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment.

Present Position

  • Research Fellow

Previous Posts

  • 2001 - present: Research Fellow - School of Geography, University of Leeds.
  • 1998-2001 Senior Hydrologist, Bullen Consultants, Bradford.
  • 1994-1998 Research Student, Department of Geography, Lancaster University.
  • 1993-1994 Research Assistant, School of Civil Engineering, Bolton Institute of Higher Education.
  • 1991-1993 Structural Engineer, Consafe Engineering (UK) Ltd, Aberdeen

Qualifications & Education

  • February 2002: Phd. Diffuse and acute sediment runoff during upland afforestation: Assessment and proposed management guidelines; CASE study funded by Natural Environment Research Council Studentship (GT4/94/X2/G) and the Forestry Commission Research Division.
  • July 1991: BSc Civil Engineering, City University, London

Membership of Learned Societies

  • 1996 - Member of the British Hydrological Society
  • 1994 - Member of the British Geomorphological Research Group

Other Details

Skills & Experience
Interdisciplinary Experience

I have been involved in integrated EU projects over the past four years, specialising in course scale spatial modelling at the European scale. Concentrating primarily on the development and implementation of: hydrological and erosion models; GIS applications and AML and FORTRAN coding. Current applications centre on the downscaling of the coarse scale application to target areas where finer resolution data exists and more detailed processes become relevant.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>