Leeds University


water@leeds actively seeks to make our research available to all – through the publication of peer-reviewed papers, books, conference proceedings and articles. 

water@leeds staff have edited and contributed to a wide range of books including the standard water textbook 'Water Resources: An Integrated Approach', J. Holden (ed), 2013 and more recently 'Water Ecosystem Services: A Global Persepective', J. Martin-Ortega et al. (ed), 2015. 

A selection of the recent publications by water@leeds members is provided below and provides a further insight into the variety of our research.


Recent Publications


  • Ahilan, S. Guan, M. Sleigh, A. Wright, N. Chang, H. (2016) The Influence of Floodplain Restoration on Flow and Sediment Dynamics in an Urban River. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 10.1111/jfr3.12251.
  • Swindles, G.T., Green, S.M., Brown, L., Holden, J., Raby, C.L., Turner, T.E., Smart, R. and Baird, A.J. 2016. Evaluating the use of dominant microbial consumers (testate amoebae) as indicators of blanket peatland restoration. Ecological Indicators 69, 318-330.

  • Gao, J., Holden, JKirkby, MJ. (2016) The impact of land-cover change on flood peaks in peatland basins.  Water Resources Research DOI: 10.1002/2015WR017667
  • J.J. Towey, A.K, Soper and L. Dougan. Low-Density Water Structure Observed in a Nanosegregated Cyroprotectant Solution at Low Temperatures from 285 to 238 K. The Journal of Physics Chemistry
  • Gao, J., Holden, J. Kirkby, MJ. The impact of land-cover change on flood peaks in peatland basins.Water Resources Research
  • On what scale can we predict the agronomic onset of the West African Monsoon? RGJ Fitzpatrick, DJ Parker, JH Marsham, P Knippertz and CL Bain, Monthly Weather Review, 2016.
  • The Convective Precipitation Experiment (COPE): Investigating the origins of heavy precipitation in the southwestern UK, D.C.Leon, J.R. French, S. Lasher-Trapp; A. Blyth et al., Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2015.
  • Rojas Fabro AY, Pacheco Ávila JG, Esteller Alberich MV, Cabrera Sansores SA, Camargo-Valero MA Spatial distribution of nitrate health risk associated with groundwater use as drinking water in Merida, Mexico. Applied Geography, vol. 65, pp.49-57. 2015. doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.10.004
  • Tarayre C, De Clercq L, Charlier R, Michels E, Meers E, Camargo-Valero MA, Delvigne F. (2016). New perspectives for the design of sustainable bioprocesses for phosphorus recovery from waste. Bioresource Technology, 206, 264-274. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.01.091
  • Blundell, A., Holden, J. and Turner, T.E. (2016) Generating high-resolution Holocene palaeoenvironmental records from blanket peatlands. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 443, 216-229.
  • Turner, T.E., Billett, M.F., Baird, A.J., Chapman, P.J., Dinsmore, K.J. andHolden, J. 2016. Regional variation in the biogeochemical and physical characteristics of natural peatland pools. Science of the Total Environment 545-546, 84-94.
  • Grayson, R and Holden, J. (2016) Improved automation of dissolved organic carbon sampling for organic-rich surface waters. Science of the Total Environment, doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.149
  • Palmer, SM, Evans, CD, Chapman, PJ., Burden, A.,  Jones, TG., Allott, TEH, Evans, MG, Moody CS, Worrall, F, Holden J (2016) Sporadic hotspots for physico-chemical retention of aquatic organic carbon: from peatland headwater source to sea. Aquatic Sciences. Doi: 10.1007/s00027-015-0448-x
  • P.Knippertz, M.J.Evans, P.R.Field, A.H.Fink, C.Liousse & J.H.Marsham The possible role of local air pollution in climate change in West Africa. Nature Climate Change  5, 815–822 (2015) doi:10.1038/nclimate2727
  • Lianne G Benning, Simon H Bottrell, Michael D Krom, Robert JG Mortimer  Bacterially mediated removal of phosphorus and cycling of nitrate and sulfate in the waste stream of a "zero-discharge" recirculating mariculture system  in Water Research Journal DOIhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0043135414001778
  • Irvine-Fynn, T.D.L.,Sanz-Ablanedo, E,. Rutter, N., Smith, M. W., Chandler, J.H. (2014) Measuring glacier surface roughness using plot-scale, close-range digital photogrammetry. Journal of Glaciology 60, 957-969
  • Wright N; Liu X, Liu C, Yang KAn (2014) - An analytical model for lateral depth-averaged velocity distributions along a meander in curved compound channels. Advances in Water Resources DOI: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.08.003
  • Kelly TJ; Baird AJ; Roucoux KH; Baker TR; Honorio Coronado EN et al. (2013) The high hydraulic conductivity of three wooded tropical peat swamps in northeast Peru: Measurements and implications for hydrological function,Hydrological Processes, . doi: 10.1002/hyp.9884
  • Green SM; Baird AJ (2013) The importance of episodic ebullition methane losses from three peatland microhabitats: A controlled-environment study,European Journal of Soil Science64, pp.27-36. doi: 10.1111/ejss.12015
  • Vellina B; Rodriguez-Blanco JD; Brown AP; Blanco JA; Benning LG (2013)Amorphous dysprosium carbonate: characterization, stability, and crystallization pathwaysJournal of Nanoparticle Research15, pp.1438-1450.doi: 10.1007/s11051-013-1438-3
  • Tobler DJ; Benning LG (2013) In situ and time resolved nucleation and growth of silica nanoparticles forming under simulated geothermal conditions,Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta114, pp.156-168. doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2013.03.045
  • Ihli J; Kulak A; Meldrum FC; Bots P; Benning LG (2013) Elucidating mechanisms of diffusion-based calcium carbonate synthesis leads to controlled mesocrystal formation, Advanced Functional Materials23, pp.1965-1973. doi: 10.1002/adfm.201201742
  • Farr G; Bottrell SH (2013) The hydrogeology and hydrochemistry of the thermal waters at Taffs Well, South Wales, UK, Cave and Karst Science40, pp.5-12.
  • Palmer SM; Clark JM; Chapman PJ; Van der Heijden GMF; Bottrell SH (2013) Effects of acid sulphate on DOC release in mineral soils: The influence of SO retention and Al release, European Journal of Soil Science, . doi: 10.1111/ejss.12048
  • Reed MS; Hubacek K; Prell C; Bonn A; Chapman D et al. (2013) Anticipating and managing future trade-offs and complementarities between ecosystem servicesEcology and Society18, . doi: 10.5751/ES-04924-180105
  • Palmer SM; Clark JM; Chapman PJ; Van der Heijden GMF; Bottrell SH (2013)Effects of acid sulphate on DOC release in mineral soils: The influence of SO retention and Al releaseEuropean Journal of Soil Science, . doi: 10.1111/ejss.12048
  • Hughes SR; Kay P; Brown LE (2013) Global synthesis and critical evaluation of pharmaceutical data sets collected from river systems.Environ Sci Technol47, pp.661-677. doi: 10.1021/es3030148
  • Chan FKS; Adekola O; Mitchell G; Mcdonald A; Ng CN (2013) Towards sustainable flood risk management in the chinese coastal megacities. a case study of practice in the pearl river delta, Irrigation and Drainage, . doi: 10.1002/ird.1733
  • Sheng Y; Qu Y; Ding C; Sun Q; Mortimer RJG (2013) A combined application of different engineering and biological techniques to remediate a heavily polluted river, Ecological Engineering57, pp.1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.04.004
  • Haddaway NR; Dunn AM; Mortimer RJG; Christmas M (2013) Effect of pH on growth and survival in the freshwater crayfish austropotamobius pallipes,Freshwater Crayfish19, pp.53-62. doi: 10.5869/fc.2013.v19.053
  • Ramchunder SJ; Brown LE; Holden J (2013) Rotational vegetation burning effects on peatland stream ecosystemsJournal of Applied Ecology50, pp.636-648. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12082
  • Holden J; Wearing C; Palmer S; Jackson B; Johnston K et al. (2013) Fire decreases near-surface hydraulic conductivity and macropore flow in blanket peatHydrological Processes, . doi: 10.1002/hyp.9875
  • Reed MS; Hubacek K; Prell C; Bonn A; Holden J et al. (2013) Anticipating and managing future trade-offs and complementarities between ecosystem servicesEcology and Society18, . doi: 10.5751/ES-04924-180105
  • Dickson, N.E., Carrivick, J.L., Brown, L.E. (2012) Flow regulation alters alpine river thermal regimes, Journal of Hydrology464-465, 505-516. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.07.044
  • Hagen, M., Kissling, W.D., Rasmussen, C., De Aguuiar, M.A.M., Brown, L.E. et al. (2012) Biodiversity, Species Interactions and ecological networks in a fragmented world. Advances in Ecological Research, 46, 89-210. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-396992-7.00002-2
  • Wang, H., Xu, X. Luan, J., Zhang, Z., Holden, J. et al. (2012) Phosphorus fluxes at the sediment-water interface in subtropical wetlands subjected to experimental warming: A microcosm study, Chemospheredoi: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.08.044
  • Armstrong, A., Holden, J., Luxton, K., Quinton, J.N. (2012) Multi-scale relationship between peatland vegetation type and dissolved organic carbon concentration, Ecological Engineering, 47, 182-188. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.06.027
  • Holden, J., Smart, R.P., Baird, A.J., Chapman, P.J., Dinsmore, K.J. et al. (2012) Natural pipes in blanket peatlands: Major point sources for the release of carbon to the aquatic system, Global Change Biologydoi: 10.1111/gcb.12004
  • Woodward, G., Brown, L.E., Edwards, F., Hudson, L., Milner, A.M.,Petchey, O.L., Reuman, D.C., Ledger, M.E. (2012) Climate change impacts in multispecies systems: drought alters food web size structure in a field experiment.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, 2990-2997. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2012.0245
  • Jacobsen, D., Milner, A.M., Brown, L.E., Dangles, O. (2012) Biodiversity under threat in glacier-fed river systems, Nature Climate Change2, 361-364. doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE1435
  • Baker, K.M., Bottrell, S.H., Hatfield, D., Mortimer, R.J.G., Newton, R.J., Odling, N., Raiswell, R., Tellam, J.H. (2012). Reactivity of pyrite and organic carbon as electron donors for biogeochemical processes in the fractured Jurassic Lincolnshire limestone aquifer, UK. Chemical Geology, 332, 26-31. doi: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.07.029
  • Faleschini, M., Esteves, J.L., Camargo Valero, M.A. (2012)The Effects of Hydraulic and Organic Loadings on the Performance of a Full-Scale Facultative Pond in a Temperate Climate Region (Argentine Patagonia)Water Air and Soil Pollution, 223, 2483-2493. doi: 10.1007/s11270-011-1041-0
  • Cadavid-Rodriguez, L.S., Horan, N.J. (2012) Reducing the environmental footprint of wastewater screenings through anaerobic digestion with resource recoveryWater and Environment Journal26, 301-307. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00289.x
  • Turner, T. E., Swindles, G. T. (2012) Ecology of testate amoebae in moorland with a complex fire history: implications for ecosystem monitoring and sustainable land management. Protist, 163, 844-855. doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2012.02.001
  • Davies, B. J., Carrivick, J. L., Glasser, N. F., Hambrey, M. J., Smellie, J. L. (2012) A new glacier inventory for 2009 reveals spatial and temporal variability in glacier response to atmospheric warming in the Northern Antarctic Peninsula, 1988–2009, The Cryosphere Discussions, 5, 3541-3595, doi:10.5194/tcd-5-3541-2011.
  • Ledger, M.E., Brown, L.E., Edwards, F., Milner, A.M., Woodward, G. (2012) Drought alters the structure and functioning of complex food webs. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate1684
  • Chan, F. K. S., Mitchell, G., Adekola, O., McDonald, A.T. (2012) Flood Risk in Asia’s Urban Mega-deltas. Environment and Urbanization Asia, 3, 41-61. doi: 10.1177/097542531200300103
  • Charman, D.J., Perkins, V., Blundell, A., Mitchell, F., Newberry, J., Oksanen, P.(2012) A 1000-year reconstruction of summer precipitation from Ireland: calibration of a peat-based palaeoclimate record. Quaternary International, 268, 34-43. doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2011.12.011
  • Payne, R.J., Telford, R.J., Blackford, J.J., Blundell, A., Booth, R.K., Charman, D.J., Lamentowicz, ?., Lamentowicz, M., Mitchell, E.A.D., Potts, G., Swindles, G.T., Warner, B.G., Woodland, W. (2012) Testing peatland testate amoeba transfer functions: Appropriate methods for clustered training-sets. The Holocene, 22, 819-825. doi: 10.1177/0959683611430412

*water@leeds actively seeks to make our research available to all – through the publication of peer-reviewed papers, books, conference proceedings and articles.