Liliana Rose

Liliana Rose

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Title of PhD: Quantifying Hot Moments and Hot Spots of contaminant attenuation in streambed hyporheic zones

Supervisors: Stefan Krause, David M. Hannah, Jan H. Fleckenstein (external, UFZ)

Liliana’s research focuses on understanding how nutrients and contaminants move from the river and the aquifer to the interface where these waters meet at the subsurface, why these interactions are enhanced at particular places (Hot Spots) and times (Hot Moments) within this interface and how important these interactions are for the achievement of good status of waters at catchment scale.

In particular she is interested on the impacts of Hot Spots (HS) and Hot Moments (HM) on the spatial and temporal distribution of nutrients (N and C) in the hyporheic zone and on riparian zones and their overall impact at catchment scale. At a practical level a basic aim is the accurate representation of HM and HM on numerical models so they can be prescribed or predicted.

Liliana’s current research is funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences.


MSc Hydro-Informatics and Water Management (Newcastle University*) 2008
M.Sc. Environmental and Sanitary Engineering – Universidad del Valle (Colombia) 2009
B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering – Universidad del Valle (Colombia) 2002

*Erasmus Mundus programme, joint degree University of Nice - Sophia Antipolis (FR), Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (DE), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (HU), Technical University of Catalonia (ES), Newcastle University (UK).


During her MSc studies in Colombia Liliana worked as assistant lecturer at her university whilst continuing her research on arid zones and tele-connections with ENSO. In 2006 she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to come to Europe to pursue a MSc in Hydro-Informatics and Water Management. After graduation Liliana worked for four years at an international consultancy as flood management consultant focusing mainly on hydraulic modeling. In early 2012 Liliana worked at the University of Birmingham as research associate on a NERC funded project with Stefan Krause on Smart tracers and novel sensor networks in which she acquired detailed knowledge on Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensor networks and reactive tracer applications at microcosm’s level. Liliana joined Birmingham as a doctoral researcher in September 2012. Liliana strives to balance her PhD studies and family life with her two sons and husband.


Research interests

Hydraulics, Hydraulic modeling, environmental modeling, Groundwater modeling, Hydroclimatology, climate change

Other activities

EPSRC PhD studentship (NERC, 2011)
NERC PhD studentship (NERC, 2012)
Socrates/Erasmus Training - Hydro-Europe Intensive Programme (2008)
Erasmus Mundus Grant by the European Commission (2006)
Young Researcher Grant -Colombian Research Council (2002)

Conferences Convened
Convener of the Water Sciences seminar series (GEES, Birmingham, 2012-)

Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
Member of the European Geosciences Union
Member of the American Geosciences Union
Member of The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

C.WEM - Chartered Water and Environmental Manager - CIWEM



Rose, L., S. Krause, and N. J. Cassidy (2013), Capabilities and limitations of tracing spatial temperature patterns by fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing, Water Resour. Res., 49, 17411745, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20144.

Poster Presentations

L. Rose, S. Krause, and N. Cassidy. Assessing the efficiency and detection limits of Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing in environmental applications. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2012, Vienna | Austria | 22 – 27 April 2012, Poster Programme HS10.7.

Oral Papers

S. Krause, T. Blume, Rose, L., Limitations and uncertainties of fibre-optic distributed temperature sensing (fo-dts) for hydrogeological applications. The geological society of America 2012 GSA Annual Meeting in Charlotte (4–7 November 2012), Charlotte, North Carolina.