Profile: Kevin Hiscock has over 30 years of experience advancing understanding of the natural and contaminant hydrochemistry of catchment systems both in the UK and overseas. Current research includes assessing the sources and fluxes of catchment nitrogen and phosphorus leaching losses with funding obtained from Defra and builds on research completed under the ESRC-Relu programme that investigated catchment-based approaches to improving the ecosystem health of rivers. Kevin co-leads the £2.5m Defra Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment Project investigating land management practices to cost effectively reduce the impacts of diffuse water pollution from agriculture and is also the UEA lead for the assessment of indirect losses of nitrates in drainage waters as part of the Defra Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Inventory Research Platform. Web page: https://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/profile/k-hiscock
Profile: Andrew is a geographer by background, with expertise in applications of Geographical Information Systems and associated technologies. He is co-leader of the Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment project, with particular responsibility for socio-economic aspects and the assessment of mitigation measures. More generally he is interested in the energy-land-water nexus, especially the implications of future changes in energy demand and supply.
Web page: https://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/profile/a-lovett
Profile: Steve's academic expertise is in Applied Meteorology and Climatology, focused mostly on water, food and energy security. He is a Chartered Meteorologist (http://www.rmets.org/our-activities/accreditation/chartered-meteorologist) and is also Innovations Director at Weatherquest Ltd (www.weatherquest.co.uk) - Weatherquest is a UEA-based private sector weather forecasting and analysis consultancy, providing commercial services primarily in the food and agriculture, water, energy and transport sectors.
Steve's currently funded research and knowledge exchange projects include
- SAHEWS (Southern Africa's Hydro-Economy and Water Security) funded by the Belmont Forum
- "A Climate for Sustainable UK Viticulture" funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- "The variability in the offshore wind energy resource", funded through NERC's Marine Renewables Knowledge Exchange (MREKE) programme.
Steve always welcomes industry-academia collaborations, especially through funding schemes such as the TSB Agri-Tech Catalyst. He is interested in how the sharing of on-farm measurement data can be used to create a real-time map of weather variability in the field, especially of soil moisture, with potential resulting improvements to weather forecasts. Web page: http://www.uea.ac.uk/env/people/facstaff/dorlings
Profile: Tim is a professor of climate science at the UEA. Tim's research is concerned with identifying variations in climate, understanding their causes and making projections of possible future climate change. His work on understanding recent changes in climate, such as changes in UK precipitation characteristics [http://tinyurl.com/mnsgrnv] with increased intense rainfall across many parts of the UK in autumn, winter and spring, could be useful to farmers and water companies wanting to place recent conditions in a longer context. Climate projections at national and smaller scales could be useful to farmers and water companies in longer term planning, especially in terms of how the frequency of droughts might alter due to gradual, continuing climate change. A key focus of Tim's research in this area is in understanding the spread (as a measure of uncertainty) in future projections. Tim also leads a NERC-funded Impact Accelerator project on exploring uncertainty in future climate change for water-related projects around the world, involving the environmental consultancies Mott MacDonald and Atkins. Web page: https://www.uea.ac.uk/environmental-sciences/people/profile/t-osborn
Dr Vittoria Danino-Appleton
Head of the Anglian Water Centre for Water Studies