Dr Chris Bradley PhD, MA

Dr Chris Bradley

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

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

Chris has been a lecturer in Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Birmingham from 1994 and became Senior Lecturer from 2007.


  • 1994 - PhD ‘Hydrology of a floodplain wetland’ NERC Studentship - University of Leicester
  • 1990 - MA Water quality dynamics in meltwaters draining Peyto Glacier, Alberta - Wilfrid Laurier University
  • 1988 - BA, MA - University of Cambridge

Postgraduate supervision

Chris Bradley’s current and research includes:

Hydrodynamics of floodplain wetlands: Ongoing work seeks to advance ways to investigate the hydrology of lowland floodplain wetlands and includes the modelling of shallow groundwater flows and river-aquifer interaction. Specific research projects have included the modelling of transient water table variations on floodplain wetlands using the USGS groundwater modelling programme, MODFLOW
Soil-water fluxes in macro-porous soils: Projects have examined water flow through peat deposits and in a cracking clay soil to investigate the factors contributing to macro-pore flow
Hydrology of permeable catchments: A recently completed project investigated surfacewater-groundwater interactions in a permeable chalk catchment in the UK (the River Lambourn)

Dr Bradley welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral researchers in his areas of interest.

Other activities

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader, Environmental Science and Management
  • Year 3 Tutor, BSc Environmental Science and Management


Recent publications


Gunn, J & Bradley, C 2024, 'From recharge to cave to spring: transmission of a flood pulse through a complex karst conduit network, Castleton, Derbyshire (UK)', Water, vol. 16, no. 9, 1306. https://doi.org/10.3390/w16091306

Gunn, J & Bradley, C 2023, 'Characterising Rhythmic and Episodic Pulsing Behaviour in the Castleton Karst, Derbyshire (UK), Using High Resolution in-Cave Monitoring', Water, vol. 15, no. 12, 2301. https://doi.org/10.3390/w15122301

Kreibich, H, Schröter, K, Baldassarre, GD, Loon, AFV, Mazzoleni, M, Abeshu, GW, Agafonova, S, Aghakouchak, A, Aksoy, H, Alvarez-Garreton, C, Aznar, B, Balkhi, L, Barendrecht, MH, Biancamaria, S, Bos-Burgering, L, Bradley, C, Budiyono, Y, Buytaert, W, Capewell, L, Carlson, H, Yonca, CAVUS, Couasnon, A, Coxon, G, Daliakopoulos, I, Marleen Ruiter, D, Delus, C, Erfurt, M, GIUSEPPE, ESPOSITO, François, D, Frappart, F, Freer, J, Frolova, N, Gain, AK, Grillakis, MG, Grima, JO, Arias, DAG, Huning, LS, Ionita, M, Kharlamov, M, Khoi, DN, Kieboom, N, Kireeva, M, Koutroulis, A, lavado-casimiro, W, Li, H, Llasat, MC, Macdonald, D, Mård, J, Mathew-Richards, H, McKenzie, A & Mejia, A 2023, 'Panta Rhei benchmark dataset: socio-hydrological data of paired events of floods and droughts', Earth System Science Data, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 2009–2023. https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-15-2009-2023

Crossman, J, Bradley, C, Windsor, FM & Milner, S 2023, 'Water source dynamics influence macroinvertebrate communities across groundwater‑fed streams in a glacierized catchment', Hydrobiologia, vol. 850, no. 8, pp. 1801-1816. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-023-05182-x

Kreibich, H, Van Loon, AF, Schröter, K, Ward, PJ, Mazzoleni, M, Sairam, N, Abeshu, GW, Agafonova, S, Aghakouchak, A, Aksoy, H, Alvarez-garreton, C, Aznar, B, Balkhi, L, Barendrecht, MH, Biancamaria, S, Bos-burgering, L, Bradley, C, Budiyono, Y, Buytaert, W, Capewell, L, Carlson, H, Cavus, Y, Couasnon, A, Coxon, G, Daliakopoulos, I, De Ruiter, MC, Delus, C, Erfurt, M, Esposito, G, François, D, Frappart, F, Freer, J, Frolova, N, Gain, AK, Grillakis, M, Grima, JO, Guzmán, DA, Huning, LS, Ionita, M, Kharlamov, M, Khoi, DN, Kieboom, N, Kireeva, M, Koutroulis, A, Lavado-casimiro, W, Llasat, MC, Macdonald, D, Mård, J, Mathew-richards, H, Mckenzie, A, Mejia, A, Mendiondo, EM, Mens, M, Mobini, S, Mohor, GS, Nagavciuc, V, Ngo-duc, T, Thao Nguyen Huynh, T, Nhi, PTT, Petrucci, O, Nguyen, HQ, Quintana-seguí, P, Razavi, S, Ridolfi, E, Riegel, J, Sadik, MS, Savelli, E, Sazonov, A, Sharma, S, Sörensen, J, Arguello Souza, FA, Stahl, K, Steinhausen, M, Stoelzle, M, Szalińska, W, Tang, Q, Tian, F, Tokarczyk, T, Tovar, C, Tran, TVT, Van Huijgevoort, MHJ, Van Vliet, MTH, Vorogushyn, S, Wagener, T, Wang, Y, Wendt, DE, Wickham, E, Yang, L, Zambrano-bigiarini, M, Blöschl, G & Di Baldassarre, G 2022, 'The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management', Nature, vol. 608, no. 7921, pp. 80-86. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04917-5

Khamis, K, Bradley, C, Gunter, H, Basevi, G, Stevens, R & Hannah, D 2021, 'Calibration of an in-situ fluorescence based sensor 1 platform for reliable BOD5 measurement in wastewater', Water Science and Technology, vol. 83, no. 12, pp. 3075-3091. https://doi.org/10.2166/wst.2021.197

Croghan, D, Khamis, K, Bradley, C, Van Loon, AF, Sadler, J & Hannah, DM 2021, 'Combining in-situ fluorometry and distributed rainfall data provides new insights into natural organic matter transport dynamics in an urban river', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 755, 142731. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142731

Manaseki-Holland, S, Manjang, B, Hemming, K, Martin, J, Bradley, C, Jackson, L, Taal, M, Gautam, OP, Crowe, F, Sanneh, B, Ensink, J, Stokes, T & Cairncross, S 2021, 'Effects on childhood infections of promoting safe and hygienic complementary-food handling practices through a community based programme: A cluster randomised controlled trial in a rural area of The Gambia', PLoS Medicine, vol. 18, no. 1, e1003260. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.1003260

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Jafary, F & Bradley, C 2021, Agriculture and groundwater irrigation management in Central Iran. in L Mueller, VG Sychev, NM Dronin & F Eulenstein (eds), Exploring and optimizing agricultural landscapes. Innovations in Landscape Research, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 721-734. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-67448-9_39

Conference contribution

Lerdrittipong, S, Zhong, J, Widmann, M, Bradley, C & Dixon, S 2024, Investigating SST's Role in Seasonal Climate Variations: A WRF Model Analysis in the Tropical Zone, Thailand. in EGU General Assembly 2024., EGU24-21379, EGU General Assembly 2024, Vienna, Austria, 14/04/24. https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu24-21379

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Brown, AG & Bradley, C 2022, Boreal and temperate river wetlands. in W Junk, F Wittmann & C Griebler (eds), Encyclopaedia of Inland Waters (Second Edition). vol. 3, Elsevier, pp. 78-89. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-819166-8.00153-5

Bradley, C 2022, Evolving perspectives on hydropower: balancing societal benefits and environmental impacts. in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-819166-8.00168-7

Habersack, H & Bradley, C 2022, Hydropower in the Danube river basin: current status and emerging challenges. in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-819166-8.00195-x

Review article

Kumar, M, Khamis, K, Stevens, R, Hannah, DM & Bradley, C 2024, 'In-situ optical water quality monitoring sensors—applications, challenges, and future opportunities', Frontiers in Water, vol. 6, 1380133. https://doi.org/10.3389/frwa.2024.1380133

Gunter, H, Bradley, C, Hannah, D, Manaseki-Holland, S, Stevens, R & Khamis, K 2023, 'Advances in quantifying microbial contamination in potable water: Potential of fluorescence-based sensor technology', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Water, vol. 10, no. 1, e1622. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1622

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