Dr Anne F. Van Loon

Dr Anne F. Van Loon

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer Physical Geography (Water sciences)

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Water Crisis - Birmingham HeroesDr Anne Van Loon is a hydrologist interested in the relationship between water, people and the environment. Her research focuses on hydrological extremes (droughts and floods) and uses interdisciplinary methods to understand hydrological processes and their interaction with human activities. She currently works on groundwater, snow and ice, urban hydrology, and mangroves


  • 2013 - PhD On the propagation of drought, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • 2006 - MSc Hydrology and Water Quality, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • 2003 - International Study Programme From Mountain to Fjord, HSF Høgskulen i Sogn og Fjordane, Sogndal, Norway
  • 2002 - BSc Soil, Water and Atmosphere, specialisation Hydrology, Water Quality and Water Management, Wageningen University, the Netherlands


BSc Geography:

  • Hydroclimatology (Year 2; module GGM 207)
  • Research Methods for Dissertations (Year 2; module GGM 201)
  • Field course (Year 2; module GGM 204)

MSc River Environments and their Management:

  • Advances in Water Science (seminar-based module)

Anne Van Loon is the programme director for the MSc River Environments and their Management

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Van Loon is interested to hear from potential PhD candidates in the fields of drought, catchment hydrology or groundwater hydrology. Students with an interest in drought in cold climates and human influences on drought and students with skills in data-analysis and hydrological modelling are especially encouraged to monitor the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences web pages for project opportunities in the Water Sciences group.


Recent publications


Wendt, DE, van Loon, AF, Scanlon, BR & Hannah, DM 2021, 'Managed aquifer recharge as a drought mitigation strategy in heavily-stressed aquifers', Environmental Research Letters, vol. 16, no. 1, 014046. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/abcfe1

Wendt, DE, Van Loon, AF, Bloomfield, JP & Hannah, DM 2020, 'Asymmetric impact of groundwater use on groundwater droughts', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 24, no. 10, pp. 4853-4868. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-24-4853-2020

Makaya, E, Rohse, M, Day, R, Vogel, C, Mehta, L, McEwen, L, Rangecroft, S & Van Loon, A 2020, 'Water governance challenges in rural South Africa: exploring institutional coordination in drought management', Water Policy, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 519–540. https://doi.org/10.2166/wp.2020.234

Rangecroft, S, Loon, AFV, Maureira, H, Verbist, K & Hannah, DM 2019, 'An observation-based method to quantify the human influence on hydrological drought: upstream–downstream comparison', Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 276-287. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2019.1581365

Margariti, J, Rangecroft, S, Parry, S, Wendt, D & Van Loon, A 2019, 'Anthropogenic activities alter drought termination', Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, vol. 7, no. 1, 27. https://doi.org/10.1525/elementa.365

Kreibich, H, Blauhut, V, Aerts, JCJH, Bouwer, LM, Van Lanen, HAJ, Mejia, A, Mens, M & Van Loon, AF 2019, 'How to improve attribution of changes in drought and flood impacts', Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 64, no. 1, pp. 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2018.1558367

Manning, C, Widmann, M, Bevacqua, E, Van Loon, AF, Maraun, D & Vrac, M 2019, 'Increased probability of compound long-duration dry & hot events in Europe during summer (1950-2013)', Environmental Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab23bf

Van Loon, A 2019, 'Learning by doing: enhancing hydrology lectures with individual fieldwork projects', Journal of Geography in Higher Education, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 155-180. https://doi.org/10.1080/03098265.2019.1599330

Croghan, D, Van Loon, AF, Sadler, JP, Bradley, C & Hannah, DM 2019, 'Prediction of river temperature surges is dependent on precipitation method', Hydrological Processes, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 144-159. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13317

Blöschl, G, McDonnell, JJ, Hannah, D, Krause, S, Krause, S & Van Loon, A 2019, 'Twenty-three unsolved problems in hydrology (UPH) – a community perspective', Hydrological Sciences Journal, vol. 64, no. 10, pp. 1141-1158. https://doi.org/10.1080/02626667.2019.1620507

Loon, AFV, Rangecroft, S, Coxon, G, Naranjo, JAB, Ogtrop, FV & Lanen, HAJV 2019, 'Using paired catchments to quantify the human influence on hydrological droughts', Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 1725-1739. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1725-2019

Longobardi, A & Van Loon, A 2018, 'Assessing baseflow index vulnerability to variation in dry spell length for a range of catchment and climate properties', Hydrological Processes, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13147

Quesada-montano, B, Di Baldassarre, G, Rangecroft, S & Van Loon, AF 2018, 'Hydrological change: Towards a consistent approach to assess changes on both floods and droughts', Advances in Water Resources, vol. 111, pp. 31-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2017.10.038

Rangecroft, S, Birkinshaw, S, Rohse, M, Day, R, McEwen, L, Makaya, E & Van Loon, A 2018, 'Hydrological modelling as a tool for interdisciplinary workshops on future drought', Progress in Physical Geography, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 237-256. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133318766802

Conference contribution

Bradley, C, Croghan, D, Khamis, K, Van Loon, A, Sadler, J & Hannah, D 2018, High frequency DOM dynamics in urban rivers revealed by in-situ fluorometry. in Geophysical Research Abstracts. vol. 20, 10263 , European Geosciences Union, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Vienna, Austria, 8/04/18. <https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/EGU2018-10263.pdf>

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