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Personal profile

Biography

I'm a hydrologist with 30 years experience, mostly in Scotland's rivers.  Having started my career looking at statistical methods for estimating flood risks, I have branched out to interests in water resources and environmental change.  I've also had the opportunities to work in other evironments relevant to my interests:

  • 2003: Visiting scientist, NIWA (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research) Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 2007-8: ESRC/Scottish Government Placement Fellow, Flooding Policy Team
  • 2009-11: Principal Consultant, Wallingford HydroSolutions Ltd

 

 

Research

Over the past 10 years, I have developed expertise and strong interests in applying field measurement techniques to address important questions in hydrology.  These complement a longer-standing interest in hydrological archives.  Key projects:

  • Eddleston Water Project: Scotland's foremost natural flood management (NFM) trial.  Pond storage, flow restrictors, re-meandering and riparian planting: how will these measures collectively impact the generation of runoff and the timing and magnitude of flood risks downstream?  Watch this space, or see the 2016 report.
  • Rewilding and the hydrology of Glen Feshie (Cairngorms): over the past decade, Wildland Limited, owners of Glenfeshie several other highland estates, have been working towards restoring ecosystems - rejuvenating woodlands and restoring peatlands in particular.  I've been rejuvenating and extending a hydro-meteorlogical monitoring network to characterise the precipitation and energy inputs and outputs of this remote catchment, often dominated by snow over the winter months.  How will catchment response and annual evapotranspiration loss change in response to the rewilding?  The monitoring is also providing the foundation for other projects, focusing on sediment dynamics, meteorology, seismicity and more.
  • Hydrology of one of Europe's fastest-retreating glacier systems: working with British Geological Survey, I have led the monitoring of river levels and flows in the Virkisá River, SE Iceland 2011-18. The work has integrated with meteorological, ice surface, chemical, isotopic and groundwater level monitoring to provide an integrated approach to understanding this very dynamic physical environment.  Modelling allows us to link our findings to processes found in mountain ranges where water supply is threatened by climate change.
  • Historical observations in hydrology - I led the initial coding and subsequent redesign of the Chronology of British Hydrological Events, and have also established collections of systematic observations of hydrological interest from the Edinburgh Water Supply District and the Great Glen area of Highland Scotland.

I am always open to approaches for new projects, and would particularly welcome new opportunities involving:

  • natural flood management (nature-based solutions)
  • snow melt estimation/runoff forecasting
  • hydrometric methods
  • use of historical records in hydrology

 

Teaching

Current teaching roles:

Programme Leader:

  • BSc Environmental Science

Module leader:

  • EV41006 Environmental Sustainability in Practice
  • GE31004/41007 Hydrology & Water Resources
  • GE32024 Water Resource Assessment & Development (MEng Programme)

Course contributor:

  • EV11001 The Physical Environment
  • GE12002 Environment, The City & Society (air quality)
  • GE22002 Dynamic Physical Worlds (hydrology)
  • GE41006 Dissertation
  • RE52003 Environmental Modelling (hydro power - MSc Renewable Energy & Environmental Modelling)

 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of St Andrews

Bachelor of Science, University of St Andrews

External positions

Editorial Board member, Hydrology Research (journal)

2012 → …

Hon President, Scottish Association of Geography Teachers

20122016

Editorial Board member, Scottish Geographical Journal

2012 → …

Fellow (by Presidential Invitation), Institution of Civil Engineers

2010 → …

President, British Hydrological Society

20092011

Chair, Scottish Hydrological Group, Scottish Hydrological Group

20012003

Honorary Secretary, British Hydrological Society

Sep 2000Sep 2002

Main Committee member, Royal Scottish Geographical Society

19951999

Honorary Secretary, Scottish Hydrological Group, Scottish Hydrological Group

19941997

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Projects 2010 2020

Research Output 1994 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
48 Downloads (Pure)

Future evolution and uncertainty of river flow regime change in a deglaciating river basin

Mackay, J. D., Barrand, N. E., Hannah, D. M., Krause, S., Jackson, C. R., Everest, J., Aðalgeirsdóttir, G. & Black, A., 3 Apr 2019, In : Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 23, 4, p. 1833-1865 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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river flow
river basin
melt
routing
climate change
101 Downloads (Pure)

Geological structure as a control on floodplain groundwater dynamics

Ó Dochartaigh, B. É., Archer, N. A. L., Peskett, L., MacDonald, A. M., Black, A. R., Auton, C. A., Merritt, J. E., Gooddy, D. C. & Bonell, M., Mar 2019, In : Hydrogeology Journal. 27, 2, p. 703-716 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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geological structure
floodplain
groundwater
aquifer
hillslope
14 Downloads (Pure)

The impact of supraglacial debris on proglacial runoff and water chemistry

Fyffe, C. L., Brock, B. W., Kirkbride, M. P., Black, A. R., Smiraglia, C. & Diolaiuti, G., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Hydrology. 576, p. 41-57 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
water chemistry
glacier
runoff
hydrograph
peak discharge
4 Citations (Scopus)
76 Downloads (Pure)

Quantifying and Mitigating Wind‐Induced Undercatch in Rainfall Measurements

Pollock, M. D., O'Donnell, G., Quinn, P., Dutton, M., Black, A., Wilkinson, M. E., Colli, M., Stagnaro, M., Lanza, L. G., Lewis, E., Kilsby, C. G. & O'Connell, P. E., Jun 2018, In : Water Resources Research. 54, 6, p. 3863-3875 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
gauge
rainfall
wind velocity
rain

Activities 2004 2004

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

5th National Hydrology Seminar 2004: The Water Framework Directive - Monitoring & Modelling Issues for River Basin Management

Andrew R. Black (Participant)
16 Nov 2004

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course