Professor David Hannah PhD

Professor David Hannah

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Hydrology
Director of the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability and Climate Action

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

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesProfessor David Hannah - Research in 60 seconds videoDavid is a physical geographer with interdisciplinary research interests focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; (2) climate and river flow regimes; and (3) river energy budget and water temperature dynamics. He has cross-cutting interests in ecohydrology/ hydroecology, specifically ecological response to hydro-climatological and physico-chemical habitat variability/ change, and development of new methods for monitoring, analysing and modelling environmental dynamics

David is Professor of Hydrology in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability and Climate Action. He is Chair-holder for the  UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

David is listed in the Reuters Top 1000 world’s top climate scientists

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Biography

  • UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences (2016-)
  • Director of Birmingham Institute for Sustainability & Climate Action (2022-)
  • Director of Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2016-22) 
  • Head of School, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2014-16)
  • Chair of Hydrology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2012-)
  • Reader in Hydrology, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2009-12)
  • Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2005-2009)
  • Lecturer in Physical Geography, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (1998-2005)
  • Postdoctoral Associate, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (1997-1998)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2007); Member of the Institute of Learning and Teaching and Register Practitioner of The Higher Education Academy (2005)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham (2002)
  • PhD, Meltwater generation and drainage within a small glacierized basin in the French Pyrénées, University of Birmingham (1997)
  • BSc (Hons) in Physical Geography, University of Aberdeen (1994)

Teaching

Geography degrees

MSc River Environments and their Management

Teaching-related publication

Kingston D.G., Eastwood W.J., Jones P.I, Marshall S., Johnson R.H. and Hannah D.M. (2012), Experiences of using mobile technologies and virtual fieldtrips in Physical Geography: implications for hydrology education, Hydrology and Earth Systems Science, 16, 1281–1286 DOI:10.5194/hess-16-1281-2012

Postgraduate supervision

David Hannah’s research is interdisciplinary, focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (the interface between hydrology-climatology):

Hydroclimatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierised river basins
Climate and river flow regimes
River energy budget and thermal dynamics

Professor Hannah has a cross-cutting interest in hydroecology, specifically ecological response to hydroclimatological and physico-chemical habitat variability/change. He also develops new methods for monitoring, analysing and modelling environmental dynamics at range of space-time scales. He has successfully supervised numerous doctoral researchers and welcomes enquiries from prospective researchers in his areas of interest.

Research

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David M. Hannah is Professor of Hydrology, UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences, and inaugural Director of the Birmingham Institute for Sustainability & Climate Action (BISCA) at the University of Birmingham. He was included in Reuters list of the world’s top climate scientists. He was honoured with the prestigious Tison Award (2014) from the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS); in 2019, he became a Royal Society Wolfson Fellow; and he was awarded the Murchison Award from the Royal Geographical Society in 2022.

His long-term vision is to understand water cycle processes, hydrological events (flood, drought) and water-related impacts under climate and other drivers of change. He uses interdisciplinary approaches to address three internationally important themes: (1) to develop new knowledge of the climate drivers, hydrological response and habitat conditions that control water availability and river biodiversity in ARCTIC AND ALPINE GLACIER-FED RIVER BASINS; (2) to LINK VARIATIONS IN RIVER FLOW TO CLIMATE AND LAND CHANGES (using observations and model projections) and so improve understanding of the interconnected-ness of the water cycle at basin to regional to global scales; and (3) to unravel multiple controls on RIVER TEMPERATURE to understand the potential of different adaptations to climate change for reducing high temperature extremes that may damage aquatic ecosystems. In addition, he has made TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS in environmental sensing and helped shape the emerging citizen science agenda around water resources.

David is very active in UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrology Programme, formerly UK Representative for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, and current President of the IAHS-International Commission for Surface Water.

He promotes knowledge exchange to communicate the importance of water and climate science for society – often facilitated by his UNESCO Chair’s ‘network of networks’ at the science-policy interface. He has authored reports underpinning the UK RIDE/ LWEC Climate Change Impacts Report Card for Water for decision-makers; his work has been included in three IPCC reports; and he gives policy advice to UK water industry, NGOs, Scottish Government, overseas government agencies, and water sector regulators on climate change adaptation. He fronted the Birmingham Heroes media campaign on “The Water Crisis”. These activities demonstrate his strong commitment to research that matters in the real-world.

Other activities

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Richards, LA, Fox, BG, Bowes, MJ, Khamis, K, Kumar, A, Kumari, R, Kumar, S, Hazra, M, Howard, B, Thorn, RMS, Read, DS, Nel, HA, Schneidewind, U, Armstrong, LK, Nicholls, DJE, Magnone, D, Ghosh, A, Chakravorty, B, Joshi, H, Dutta, TK, Hannah, DM, Reynolds, DM, Krause, S, Gooddy, DC & Polya, DA 2022, 'A systematic approach to understand hydrogeochemical dynamics in large river systems: development and application to the River Ganges (Ganga) in India', Water Research, vol. 211, pp. 118054. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2022.118054

Ward, AS, Packman, A, Bernal, S, Brekenfeld, N, Drummond, J, Graham, E, Hannah, DM, Klaar, M, Krause, S, Kurz, M, Li, A, Lupon, A, Mao, F, Roca, MEM, Ouellet, V, Royer, TV, Stegen, JC & Zarnetske, JP 2022, 'Advancing river corridor science beyond disciplinary boundaries with an inductive approach to catalyse hypothesis generation', Hydrological Processes, vol. 36, no. 4, e14540. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14540

HWISE Research Coordination Network, Miller, JD, Young, SL, Krause, S & Hannah, DM 2022, 'Inequality of household water security follows a Development Kuznets Curve', Nature Communications, vol. 13, no. 1, 4525. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-31867-3

Drenkhan, F, Buytaert, W, Mackay, JD, Barrand, NE, Hannah, DM & Huggel, C 2022, 'Looking beyond glaciers to understand mountain water security', Nature Sustainability. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-022-00996-4

Jackson, FL, Hannah, DM, Ouellet, V & Malcolm, IA 2021, 'A deterministic river temperature model to prioritize management of riparian woodlands to reduce summer maximum river temperatures', Hydrological Processes, vol. 35, no. 8, e14314. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14314

Lathouri, M, England, J, Dunbar, MJ, Hannah, DM & Klaar, M 2021, 'A river classification scheme to assess macroinvertebrate sensitivity to water abstraction pressures', Water and Environment Journal, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1226-1238. https://doi.org/10.1111/wej.12712

Comment/debate

Razavi, S, Hannah, DM, Elshorbagy, A, Kumar, S, Marshall, L, Solomatine, DP, Dezfuli, A, Sadegh, M & Famiglietti, J 2022, 'Coevolution of machine learning and process-based modelling to revolutionize Earth and environmental sciences: a perspective', Hydrological Processes, vol. 36, no. 6, e14596. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14596

Hannah, DM, Abbott, BW, Khamis, K, Kelleher, C, Lynch, I, Krause, S & Ward, AS 2022, 'Illuminating the ‘invisible water crisis’ to address global water pollution challenges', Hydrological Processes, vol. 36, no. 3, e14525. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14525

Dugdale, SJ, Klaus, J & Hannah, DM 2022, 'Looking to the skies: realising the combined potential of drones and thermal infrared imagery to advance hydrological process understanding in headwaters', Water Resources Research, vol. 58, no. 2, e2021WR031168. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR031168

Kosow, H, Kirschke, S, Borchardt, D, Cullmann, J, Guillaume, JHA, Hannah, DM, Schaub, S & Tosun, J 2022, 'Scenarios of water extremes: Framing ways forward for wicked problems', Hydrological Processes, vol. 36, no. 2, e14492. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.14492

Editorial

Klaus, J, Monk, WA, Zhang, L & Hannah, DM 2022, 'Ecohydrological interactions during drought', Ecohydrology, vol. 15, no. 5, e2456. https://doi.org/10.1002/eco.2456

Poster

Effiong, C, Hannah, D & Sugden, F 2022, 'River based livelihood in a changing environment: a case study of the Niger river in Nigeria', British Hydrological Society 14th National Symposium , Lancaster , United Kingdom, 12/09/22 - 14/09/22.

Review article

Gunter, H, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Stevens, R & Khamis, K 2022, 'Advances in quantifying microbial contamination in potable water: potential of fluorescence-based sensor technology', WIREs Water. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1622

Krause, S, Abbott, BW, Baranov, V, Bernal, S, Blaen, P, Datry, T, Drummond, J, Fleckenstein, JH, Velez, JG, Hannah, DM, Knapp, JLA, Kurz, M, Lewandowski, J, Martí, E, Mendoza‐lera, C, Milner, A, Packman, A, Pinay, G, Ward, AS & Zarnetzke, JP 2022, 'Organizational principles of hyporheic exchange flow and biogeochemical cycling in river networks across scales', Water Resources Research, vol. 58, no. 3, e2021WR029771. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029771, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021WR029771

Eastwood, N, Stubbings, WA, Abdallah, MA-E, Durance, I, Paavola, J, Dallimer, M, Pantel, JH, Johnson, S, Zhou, J, Hosking, JS, Brown, J, Ullah, S, Krause, S, Hannah, D, Crawford, S, Widmann, M & Orsini, L 2022, 'The Time Machine framework: monitoring and prediction of biodiversity loss', Trends in Ecology & Evolution, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2021.09.008

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Expertise

Climate and hydrology interactions (hydroclimatology); mountain/alpine/glacier environments; climate and river flows (flood/drought); stream/river temperature; biological/human response to climate/hydrological change

Expertise

Climate and hydrology interactions (hydroclimatology); mountain/alpine/glacier environments; climate and river flows (flood/drought); stream/river temperature; biological/human response to climate/hydrological change