River Basin Dynamics and Hydrology Research Group

The RBDHRG aims to advance understanding of the functioning of the catchment system, its processes, drivers of change and patterns of response. Our research is conducted worldwide and spans a wide range of time and space scales; working from the instantaneous, local controls on particle entrainment to the influence of climate and land-use on shaping rivers and their basins over millennia. 

The group has particular strengths in three overlapping areas:

  • Monitoring and Modelling Catchment Processes: Developing earth observation tools for monitoring morphodynamics and flow resistance; multi-scale characterization of morphology; dynamics of mixed bedrock-alluvial rivers; reduced complexity models of hydraulics and landscape evolution; flood risk modelling.
  • River System and Catchment Response to Environmental Change: Application of geochronology to fluvial deposits; quantifying and interpreting fluvial sedimentary archives; assessing the drivers and controls of river and catchment response; long-term human-rive environment interactions; impacts of metal mining on the fluvial system.
  • Catchment and Coastal Water Quality: Modeling fluxes of indicator bacteria and pathogens in bathing and drinking water and coastal fisheries; linking catchment and coastal fluxes and circulations of pathogens; quantifying health effects due to contact with 'environmental' waters.

Our research employs a rich and varied set of methods including, innovative numerical modelling, remote sensing, geochronology, quantitive stratigraphic and geochemical analysis.  We have a strong tradition of developing new approaches to river basin science.  

Group members have an excellent track record in securing research grants and in the last 5 years have attracted over £1.5m investment from the NERC and EPSRC, over £0.8m from the EU. The group has also received a £2.8m investment from the Welsh Assembly Government to create an indisciplinary Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research in partnership with Bangor University.  We have also established a international reputation for innovative applied research which is pursued by our two consulting arms, the Centre for Research into Environment and Health (CREH) and Fluvio.

The RDBHRG offers a Ph.D. program.