Hydroecology research focuses on the bi-directional nature of hydrological-ecological process interactions at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Research involves the testing and development of theoretical, statistical and mathematical models and innovative experiments both in-channel and in the riparian margin to address key research questions. Find out more about Hydroecology research.
Hydrogeology research is concerned with identifying and quantifying the physical and chemical processes governing the movement and fate of contaminants in groundwater systems. Vital aspects of this research are (i) the identification of these processes through existing and new data collection technologies and strategies and, (ii) the representation of the processes in quantitative modelling tools and procedures. The hydrogeology team's aim is to know how to predict contaminant fluxes in the subsurface at all spatial and temporal scales relevant to decision making. Current research programmes have specific focus on nano-particulate, viral and bacteriological processes. Find out more about Hydrogeology research.
Wetland research which beneficiates from our understanding of the hydrology of lowland floodplain wetlands has been advanced through innovative modelling of shallow groundwater flows and river-aquifer interaction, quantifying water movement in the unsaturated zone, and determining variability in nitrogen and carbon fluxes from wetlands. The application of wetland processes to the treatment of industrial pollutants has been enhanced through research into fundamental interactions between ecology, chemistry and hydrology.
Research in urban ecology (collaboratively with Economy and Enterprise Group and Civil Engineering) has recast international debates on urban sustainability, the efficacy of habitat corridors and the management of urban biodiversity. Results indicate that urban habitat corridors do not function as conduits enhancing species movement, rather they are species-specific and their role is as a sequence of linked (sometimes poor quality) habitats, which can act as a sink for some species of invertebrates.