Damian Lawler

Professor

  • 115 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
20082019
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Biography

 

Water is the key to life, and I have relished researching in this area. After Undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of Wales, I worked at The University of Birmingham within active hydrology, geomorphology and water science research groups for many years, before moving to Coventry University in 2013 where I am a Professor of Hydrology. At Coventry, I co-led the REF submission for UOA7 and became co-Director of the new Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in 2013-2014.

With substantial funding from the University in Environmental Sciences and in CAWR this was, and is, an exciting opportunity to recruit many new staff and build Centre’s research portfolio, especially its four interacting Water streams as a key part of CAWR: Fluvial Processes; Hydrology, Climate and Environmental Change; Water Quality and Pollution Dynamics; and Urban Water.

I have been very fortunate to have worked on complex and important fluvial and hydrological research questions in the UK, Ireland, France, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Georgia, USA and Australia. Almost all of the research projects, derived publications and numeous PhD completions, have been competitively funded by NERC, EPSRC, Environment Agency, and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK, and international organisations such as the Ireland Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Icelandic National Energy Authority, and overseas governments. This work has led to over 170 published papers.

I enjoyed developing the first automatic erosion monitoring system (Photo-Electronic Erosion Pin (PEEP)) system, and also devising the principle of Thermal Consonance Timing for improved erosion event definition and timing (2008). This is now built into the PEEP3T instrument used by over 30 research groups worldwide, especially in Europe, Australia and the USA, including by the US Geological Survey to address sedimentation problems in San Francisco Bay. A current project in Nigeria will use this innovative PEEP system to monitor soil erosion, to help identify causes and solutions.

I also developed the DOCPROBE downstream change model for river bank erosion processes. More recently, I developed the Combined Automated, Flood, Elevation and Stream power (CAFES) model, incorporating engineering hydraulics expertise. In other groups we also achieved the first experimental quantification of needle ice sediment transport and soil erosion effects, and developed novel chains of causality linking North Atlantic atmospheric circulation and climate change to (a) Icelandic sediment fluxes to the ocean (2003); (b) river flow changes in the UK and USA, and (c) flow teleconnections between eastern North America and Northern Europe (2006-20l4). Very recent work with CAWR colleagues and international collaborators focuses on links between large-scale drivers of rainfall patterns and river flow response, in southern Africa, West Africa, UK and Europe.

I also enjoy leading EIA and ESIA teams to identify and manage detrimental environmental and hydrological impacts.

I have supervised to successful completion, 22 PhD theses, mostly as Lead Supervisor, and have acted as Extrernal Examiner to 21 PhD theses, including for international Universities.

 

Research Interests

Floods and climate drivers ; Urban hydrology and water quality ; Fluvial processes and bank erosion dynamics ; Basin-scale models of river erosional systems ; Fluvial hydraulics and stream power distributions ; River suspended sediment dynamics in urban and glacial rivers ; Hydrological impacts and improved protocols for EIA for Oil and Gas projects ; Hydrogeomorphological impact of climate change and North Atlantic Oscillation in the North Atlantic, Iceland and northern Europe

Vision Statement

 

I am a hydrologist and fluvial geomorphologist, and I am passionate about first identifying key research gaps in our knowledge of interacting fluvial, hydrological and environmental processes, then developing new conceptual models of such systems, and finally subjecting these models to critical tests and improvement, often using novel methodologies and approaches I have developed. Fluvial hydrology is important to many water resource and water quality issues, which led to research on bank erosion processes and related fluvial sediment transport / pollution dynamics; stream power modelling which drives many fluvial processes; climate-river flow relationships; and the complex spatial linkages between climate trends and river flows across Northern Europe and north-east USA. Many of these projects led to clear solutions to problems.

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 115 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
  • 13 Article
  • 6 Conference proceeding
  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Poster

Interannual to Multi-decadal streamflow variability in West and Central Africa: Interactions with catchment properties and large-scale climate variability

Sidibe, M., Dieppois, B., Eden, J., Mahé, G., Paturel, J-E., Amoussou, E., Anifowose, B. & Lawler, D., Jun 2019, In : Global and Planetary Change. 177, p. 141-156 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

streamflow
catchment
river flow
climate
rainfall

Southern African summer-rainfall variability, and its teleconnections, on interannual to interdecadal timescales in CMIP5 models

Dieppois, B., Pohl, B., Cretat, J., Eden, J. M., Sidibe, M., New, M., Rouault, M. & Lawler, D., 5 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Climate Dynamics. (In-Press), p. (In-Press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

teleconnection
timescale
rainfall
summer
El Nino-Southern Oscillation
4 Citations (Scopus)

From synoptic to interdecadal variability in southern African rainfall: towards a unified view across timescales

Pohl, B., Dieppois, B., Cretat, J., Lawler, D. & Rouault, M., Aug 2018, In : Journal of Climate. 31, 15, p. 5845–5872 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
timescale
anomaly
rainfall
atmospheric convection
Pacific Decadal Oscillation
3 Citations (Scopus)

Trend and variability in a new, reconstructed streamflow dataset for West and Central Africa, and climatic interactions, 1950 – 2005

Sidibe, M., Dieppois, B., Mahé, G., Paturel, J-E., Amoussou, E., Anifowose, B. & Lawler, D., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Hydrology. 561, p. 478-493 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
streamflow
potential evapotranspiration
hydrological regime
river flow
land use change
4 Citations (Scopus)

Flood seasonality across Scandinavia: Evidence of a shifting hydrograph?

Matti, B., Dahlke, H., Dieppois, B., Lawler, D. & Lyon, S., 30 Nov 2017, In : Hydrological Processes. 31, 24, p. 4354–4370 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
hydrograph
seasonality
catchment
snowmelt
climate

Activities 1998 2014

  • 4 Participation in conference
  • 3 Editorial activity

International Geographical Union Water Conference

Damian Lawler (Keynote Speaker)
25 Aug 201427 Aug 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Hydrological Processes (Journal)

Damian Lawler (Guest Editor)
1 Jan 200831 Dec 2008

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

National Meeting on Water Quality

Damian Lawler (Organiser)
8 Aug 2008

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

British Society for Geomorphology Annual International Conference

Damian Lawler (Organiser)
7 Jul 2007

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Association of Hydrological Sciences Conference

Damian Lawler (Session Chair)
6 Jun 2006

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference