Category Archives: Uncategorized

unreasonable expectations

Originally posted on Experimental Rivers Network:
One of the main problems with how we as a community have approached the study of river dynamics is that we have created unreasonable expectations for those that are charged with managing rivers. For…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How wood in rivers affects flood risk – revisted

Regular readers of the blog will remember a few years ago I blogged about some of my PhD research on trying to assess how changing volumes of wood in rivers affects the likelihood and magnitude of flooding. At the time … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 7 Comments

What is a flood?

I read an interesting article on the BBC website today about the extensive flooding in Chennai, India. Tamil Nadu has seen huge amounts of rain recently, in the wettest December for 100 years and large parts of the city, including … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Not all logjams are created equal

I was excited this week to have a paper accepted in the journal Ecohydrology, not least as I think the findings could prove to be really useful for river restoration and river management. In this post I want to try … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

River Management Career Profiles : University Researcher

Continuing our mini-series on career profiles within the water management sector, this post covers the job of university researcher. For this I have the unenviable task of interviewing myself. I turned up late, wore sunglasses throughout, even though it was … Continue reading

Posted in Careers, Uncategorized | Tagged | 3 Comments

Our current analysis suggests that we can’t write plain English

One of the main aims of the recent WWF chalk-streams conference (my presentation is published in a previous blog entry) was to encourage people to comment on the Environment Agency’s latest River Basin Management Plans. If you love rivers, this is important…

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

River Management Career Profiles: Water Consultant

This is the first in our new series of career profiles within the broad river/water management sector. Pete Harrison, is a Senior Hydrologist at the consultancy WSP (see link for their website). For this series we ask people to answer … Continue reading

Posted in Careers, Flooding, Hydrology, River Management, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

The geomorphic effects of river dredging

Originally posted on The River Management Blog:
It seems the community has been crying out for a post of this nature and so here I am; gallantly riding into the maelstrom of a politically sensitive issue, on the back of my watery steed, wielding…

Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Restoration Drama

The first in a series of blogs for river restorationists. The reason why nothing has appeared on here for the past four months: I’ve been a bit busy helping the Norfolk Rivers Trust deliver a handful of river restoration projects…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The rivers of a riverless city: An ode to Birmingham

One of the often quoted facts about the city of Birmingham is that it has “more miles of canals than Venice” although as others have pointed out before, that fact somewhat misses the point. It’s somewhat disingenuous in any case … Continue reading

Posted in Geomorphology, Hydrology, River Management, Uncategorized, Urban rivers, Water Framework Directive, Water quality | 13 Comments