Professor David Hannah PhD

Professor David Hannah

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Professor of Hydrology
College Director of Research

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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 Research of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. He is Chair-holder for the  UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

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Biography

  • UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences (2016-)
  • Director of Research, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2016-) 
  • 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 is Professor of Hydrology in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of Research of the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. He is Chair-holder for the UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences at the University of Birmingham

His research is interdisciplinary, focusing on three complementary themes within hydroclimatology (interface between hydrology-climatology): (1) climate and river flow regimes; (2) hydro-climatological processes within alpine, Arctic, mountain and glacierized river basins; and (3) river energy budget and water temperaturedynamics. He has a crosscutting interest in ecohydrology/ hydroecology, specifically ecological response to hydro-climatological and physico-chemical habitat variability/ change. He also develops new methods for monitoring, analysing and modelling environmental dynamics at a range of space-time scales. His research has significant blue skies and applied implications for understanding and responding to impacts of climate change/ variability on hydrological systems and riverine ecology, and the management/ conservation of freshwaters.

David is active in UNESCO’s International Hydrology Programme, UK Representative for the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (until 2016), and Vice-President of the IAHS-International Commission for Surface Water. Beyond academia, he provides advice to Government, agencies, water industry and regulators (please see Other activities).

Other activities

Publications

Recent publications

Article

Kingston, DG, Massei, N, Dieppois, B, Hannah, DM, Hartmann, A, Lavers, DA & Vidal, JP 2020, 'Moving beyond the catchment scale: value and opportunities in large‐scale hydrology to understand our changing world', Hydrological Processes. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13729

Dugdale, SJ, Hannah, DM & Malcolm, IA 2020, 'An evaluation of different forest cover geospatial data for riparian shading and river temperature modelling', River Research and Applications. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3598

Beaufort, A, Moatar, F, Sauquet, E, Loicq, P & Hannah, DM 2020, 'Influence of landscape and hydrological factors on stream–air temperature relationships at regional scale', Hydrological Processes. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13608

Comer-Warner, SA, Romeijn, P, Gooddy, DC, Ullah, S, Kettridge, N, Marchant, B, Hannah, DM & Krause, S 2019, 'Reply to ‘Pseudoreplication and greenhouse-gas emissions from rivers'', Nature Communications. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-13304-0

Krajenbrink, HJ, Acreman, M, Dunbar, MJ, Greenway, L, Hannah, DM, Laizé, CLR, Ryves, DB & Wood, PJ 2019, 'Diatoms as indicators of the effects of river impoundment at multiple spatial scales', PeerJ, vol. 7, e8092. https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.8092

Khamis, K, Bradley, C & Hannah, D 2019, 'High frequency fluorescence monitoring reveals new insights into organic matter dynamics of an urban river, Birmingham, UK', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 710, 135668. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135668

Ward , A, Zarnetske, J, Baranov, V, Blaen, P, Brekenfeld, N, Chu, R, Derelle, R, Drummond, J, Fleckenstein, J, Garayburu-Caruso, V, Graham, E, Hannah, D, Harman, C, Hixson, J, Knapp, JLA, Krause, S, Kurz, MJ, Lewandowski, J, Li, A, Martí, E, Miller, M, Milner, S, Neill, K, Orsini, L, Packman, AI, Plont, S, Renteria, L, Roche, K, Royer, T, Schmadel, NM, Segura, C, Stegen, J, Toyoda, J, Wells, J, Wisnoski, NI & Wondzell, SM 2019, 'Co-located contemporaneous mapping of morphological, hydrological, chemical, and biological conditions in a 5th order mountain stream network, Oregon, USA', Earth System Science Data, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 1567-1581. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-2019-45, https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-11-1567-2019

Docherty, CL, Dugdale, SJ, Milner, AM, Abermann, J, Lund, M & Hannah, DM 2019, 'Arctic river temperature dynamics in a changing climate', River Research and Applications, vol. 35, no. 8, pp. 1212-1227. https://doi.org/10.1002/rra.3537

Mao, F, Khamis, K, Krause, S, Clark, J & Hannah, D 2019, 'Low-cost environmental sensor networks: recent advances and future directions', Frontiers in Earth Science, vol. 7, 221. https://doi.org/10.3389/feart.2019.00221

Dugdale, SJ, Malcolm, IA & Hannah, DM 2019, 'Drone-based Structure-from-Motion provides accurate forest canopy data to assess shading effects in river temperature models', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 678, pp. 326-340. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.229

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

Comment/debate

Abbott, BW, Bishop, K, Zarnetske, JP, Hannah, DM, Frei, RJ, Minaudo, C, F.S. Chapin, III, Krause, S, Conner, L, Ellison, D, Godsey, SE, Plont, S, Marçais, J, Kolbe, T, Huebner, A, Hampton, T, Gu, S, Buhman, M, Sayedi, SS, Ursache, O, Chapin, M, Henderson, KD & Pinay, G 2019, 'A water cycle for the Anthropocene', Hydrological Processes, vol. 33, no. 23, pp. 3046-3052. https://doi.org/10.1002/hyp.13544

Other contribution

Wendt, DE, Loon, AFV, Bloomfield, JP & Hannah, DM 2020, Asymmetric impact of groundwater use on groundwater droughts.. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-22

Wendt, DE, Loon, AFV, Bloomfield, JP & Hannah, DM 2020, Supplementary material to "Asymmetric impact of groundwater use on groundwater droughts".. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-2020-22-supplement

Review article

Comer-Warner, S, Knapp, JLA, Blaen, P, Klaar, M, Shelley, F, Zarnetske, J, Lee-Cullin, J, Folegot, S, Kurz, M, Lewandowski, J, Harvey, J, Ward, A, Mendoza-Lera, C, Ullah, S, Datry, T, Kettridge, N, Gooddy, D, Drummond, J, Martí, E, Milner, A, Hannah, D & Krause, S 2020, 'The method controls the story - Sampling method impacts on the detection of pore-water nitrogen concentrations in streambeds', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 709, 136075. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.136075

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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