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Professor Damian Lawler

Damian.Lawler@coventry.ac.uk

Professor of Hydrology
Geography, Environment and Disaster Management.
FACULTY OF BUSINESS,ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Building: George Eliot Building
Room: GE 504
Biography:

I am a hydrologist and fluvial geomorphologist, and am passionate about first developing conceptual models of environmental systems before subjecting them to rigorous field testing, often with novel monitoring methodologies. I have enjoyed working in the UK, Ireland, France, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Georgia, USA and Australia. Almost all of the research projects, derived publications and 15 PhD completions, have been competitively funded by NERC, EPSRC and international organisations such as the Ireland Environmental Protection Agency.

I developed the first automatic erosion monitoring system (Photo-Electronic Erosion Pin (PEEP)) system (1991) and the principle of Thermal Consonance Timing for improved erosion process definition (2005-2008), now used by 35 pure and applied research groups worldwide.

I also developed with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology the CAFES system for river flood power analysis (2009), and the DOCPROBE model for river bank erosion processes (1999). Our group has also achieved the first experimental quantification of needle ice sediment transport effects (1996), and developed novel chains of causality linking North Atlantic atmospheric circulation and climate changes to (a) river flow change in the UK and USA (2006-11), and (b) Icelandic sediment fluxes to the ocean (2003).


Qualifications

  • Ph.D., University of Wales (Swansea)
  • B.A (Hons), Geography, University of Wales (Swansea)

Research Interests

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

Selected Outputs

  • Anifowose, B.A., Lawler, D.M., van der Horst, D., and Chapman, L.C. (2014) 'Evaluating interdiction of oil pipelines at river crossings using Environmental Impact Assessments'. Area 46 (1), 4-17. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12065
  • Lawler, D.M., and Walsh, R.P.D. (2014) 'River channel change, river channel pattern and channelization'. In Encyclopaedia of Environmental Change. Ed. by Matthews, J.A. UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, 146-150
  • Anifowose, B.A., Lawler, D.M., van der Horst, D., and Chapman, L.C. (2012) 'Attacks on oil transport pipelines in Nigeria: a quantitative exploration and possible explanation of observed patterns'. Applied Geography 32, 636-651. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.07.012
  • Kingston, D., Hannah, D.M., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2011) 'Regional classification, variability, and trends of northern North Atlantic river flow'. Hydrological Processes 25 (7), 1021-1033. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.7655
  • Lawler, D.M., and Fairchild, I.J. (2010) 'Process Understanding and Modelling in Geomorphology: New Developments'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35, 1247-1250. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.2052
  • Barker, D.M., Lawler, D.M., Knight, D.W., Morris, D.G., Davies, H.N., and Stewart, E.J. (2009) 'Longitudinal distributions of river flood power: the Combined Automated Flood, Elevation and Stream power (CAFES) methodology'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34 (2), 280-290. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1723
  • Kingston, D., Hannah, D.M., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2009) 'Climate–river flow relationships across montane and lowland environments in northern Europe'. Hydrological Processes 23 (7), 985-996. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.7202
  • Lawler, D.M. (2008) 'Advances in the continuous monitoring of erosion and deposition dynamics: Developments and applications of the new PEEP-3T system'. Geomorphology 93 (1-2), 17-39. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.12.016
  • Kingston, D., McGregor, G.R., Hannah, D.M., and Lawler, D.M. (2007) 'Large-Scale Climatic Controls on New England River Flow'. Journal of Hydrometeorology 8, 367-378. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM584.1
  • Kingston, D., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2006) 'Linkages between atmospheric circulation, climate and streamflow in the northern North Atlantic: research prospects'. Progress in Physical Geography 30 (2), 143-174. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0309133306pp471ra
  • Lawler, D.M., Petts, G.E., Foster, I.D.L., and Harper, S. (2006) 'Turbidity dynamics during spring storm events in an urban headwater river system: The Upper Tame, West Midlands, UK'. Science of the Total Environment 360, 109-126. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.08.032
  • Dixon, H., Lawler, D., and Shamseldin, A. (2006) 'Streamflow trends in western Britain'. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L19406. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006GL027325, 1-7
  • Kingston, D., McGregor, G.R., Hannah, D.M., and Lawler, D.M. (2006) 'River flow teleconnections between Europe and North America'. Geophysical Research Letters 33, 1-5. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006GL026574
  • Lawler, D.M. (2005) 'Defining the moment of erosion: the principle of thermal consonance timing'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30, 1597-1615. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1234
  • Old, G.H., Lawler, D.M., and Snorrason, A. (2005) 'Discharge and suspended sediment dynamics during two jokulhlaups in the Skafta river, Iceland'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30 (11), 1441-1460. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1216

Selected Funding

  • 2011-2016, Sediment pollution in Irish Rivers: SILTFLUX, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, £383,000
  • 2009-2012, Modelling rapid landscape change driven by glacial outburst floods, NERC New Investigator grant, £93,238
  • 2007-2009, NERC Hyporheic Zone Knowledge Transfer Network, , £100,000
  • 2005-2006, Sakhalin II: Impact of Pipeline River Crossings on Erosion, Sediment Pollution and Salmon Fisheries Sakhalin Island Siberia, AEA Technology and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, £35,000
  • 2003-2007, Drivers of recent changes in river flows in Western Britain, EPSRC, Industrial CASE Training Grant, £75,000
  • 2002, Flood risk in North Wales, Castlemead Homes Ltd., £25,000
  • 2000-2004, Rehabilitation of urban rivers: modelling the ecological risks of urban river sediments, NERC, £120,000
  • 1999-2002, Vegetation, seed establishment and river bank stability, NERC Connect B with Environment Agency
  • 1998-2015, External Funding for 20 PhD students, mainly NERC Competitive Awads and International Government Sponsorship Awards, £1,200,000
  • 1997-2000, Tidal channel erosion and turbidity maxima in the upper Humber estuary, NERC Land-Ocean Interaction Study, LOIS II grant, £25,000
  • 1996-1999, Dynamics of bank sediment supply and sediment transport in lower river reaches and estuaries, NERC (Land-Ocean Interaction Study - LOIS Grant), £128,000
  • 1996-1999, Glacial outburst floods in southern Iceland, NERC CASE partner. Icelandic National Energy Authority, £55,000
  • 1991-1992, The Hekla 1991 eruption: tephra fallout patterns, surface transport and incorporation of ash in Icelandic fluvial systems, NERC Urgency award, £14,646
  • 1991, Glacial hydrology and sediment transport in Southern Iceland, Royal Society, £9,000
  • 1991, Seismic and geothermal impacts on sediment transport and water quality in glacial and snowmelt rivers, Iceland, Royal Geographical Society
  • 1988, Suspended sediment transport dynamics in glacial rivers, Southern Iceland, Royal Society, University of Birmingham and Icelandic National Energy Authority (NEA), £12,000

Research Students

PhD: 15 completions 5 current students

Selected Professional Activities

  • 2012: External Assessor, Assistant Professorship, Trinity College Dublin
  • 2011-2016: Invited international investigator, for Ireland Environmental Protection Agency ‘SILTFLUX’ EU Water Framework Directive project on Sediment Pollution in Irish Rivers
  • 2010-2011: Invited Deputy Chair, NERC Freshwater Sciences Moderating Panel
  • 2009-2012: Member, NERC Peer Review College
  • 2008: Lead Convenor British Hydrological Society water quality Conference
  • 2007: Lead Convenor British Society for Geomorphology Annual Conference
  • 2005-2006: International Advisor to European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, AEA Technology and UK, EU, USA and Japan Government banks on pollution impacts of oil pipeline development
  • 2005-2008: Session Convenor for European Geosciences Union Annual Conferences, Vienna
  • 2002–2008: Head of the Hydrogeomorphological Research Group, University of Birmingham

Professor Damian Lawler

Professor of Hydrology
Geography, Environment and Disaster Management.
FACULTY OF BUSINESS,ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry
CV1 5FB
Building: George Eliot Building
Room: GE 504
Biography:

I am a hydrologist and fluvial geomorphologist, and am passionate about first developing conceptual models of environmental systems before subjecting them to rigorous field testing, often with novel monitoring methodologies. I have enjoyed working in the UK, Ireland, France, Iceland, Azerbaijan, Georgia, USA and Australia. Almost all of the research projects, derived publications and 15 PhD completions, have been competitively funded by NERC, EPSRC and international organisations such as the Ireland Environmental Protection Agency.

I developed the first automatic erosion monitoring system (Photo-Electronic Erosion Pin (PEEP)) system (1991) and the principle of Thermal Consonance Timing for improved erosion process definition (2005-2008), now used by 35 pure and applied research groups worldwide.

I also developed with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology the CAFES system for river flood power analysis (2009), and the DOCPROBE model for river bank erosion processes (1999). Our group has also achieved the first experimental quantification of needle ice sediment transport effects (1996), and developed novel chains of causality linking North Atlantic atmospheric circulation and climate changes to (a) river flow change in the UK and USA (2006-11), and (b) Icelandic sediment fluxes to the ocean (2003).


Qualifications

  • Ph.D., University of Wales (Swansea)
  • B.A (Hons), Geography, University of Wales (Swansea)

Research Interests

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

Selected Outputs

  • Anifowose, B.A., Lawler, D.M., van der Horst, D., and Chapman, L.C. (2014) 'Evaluating interdiction of oil pipelines at river crossings using Environmental Impact Assessments'. Area 46 (1), 4-17. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/area.12065
  • Lawler, D.M., and Walsh, R.P.D. (2014) 'River channel change, river channel pattern and channelization'. In Encyclopaedia of Environmental Change. Ed. by Matthews, J.A. UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, 146-150
  • Anifowose, B.A., Lawler, D.M., van der Horst, D., and Chapman, L.C. (2012) 'Attacks on oil transport pipelines in Nigeria: a quantitative exploration and possible explanation of observed patterns'. Applied Geography 32, 636-651. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apgeog.2011.07.012
  • Kingston, D., Hannah, D.M., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2011) 'Regional classification, variability, and trends of northern North Atlantic river flow'. Hydrological Processes 25 (7), 1021-1033. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.7655
  • Lawler, D.M., and Fairchild, I.J. (2010) 'Process Understanding and Modelling in Geomorphology: New Developments'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35, 1247-1250. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.2052
  • Barker, D.M., Lawler, D.M., Knight, D.W., Morris, D.G., Davies, H.N., and Stewart, E.J. (2009) 'Longitudinal distributions of river flood power: the Combined Automated Flood, Elevation and Stream power (CAFES) methodology'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 34 (2), 280-290. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1723
  • Kingston, D., Hannah, D.M., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2009) 'Climate–river flow relationships across montane and lowland environments in northern Europe'. Hydrological Processes 23 (7), 985-996. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hyp.7202
  • Lawler, D.M. (2008) 'Advances in the continuous monitoring of erosion and deposition dynamics: Developments and applications of the new PEEP-3T system'. Geomorphology 93 (1-2), 17-39. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geomorph.2006.12.016
  • Kingston, D., McGregor, G.R., Hannah, D.M., and Lawler, D.M. (2007) 'Large-Scale Climatic Controls on New England River Flow'. Journal of Hydrometeorology 8, 367-378. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM584.1
  • Kingston, D., Lawler, D.M., and McGregor, G.R. (2006) 'Linkages between atmospheric circulation, climate and streamflow in the northern North Atlantic: research prospects'. Progress in Physical Geography 30 (2), 143-174. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/0309133306pp471ra
  • Lawler, D.M., Petts, G.E., Foster, I.D.L., and Harper, S. (2006) 'Turbidity dynamics during spring storm events in an urban headwater river system: The Upper Tame, West Midlands, UK'. Science of the Total Environment 360, 109-126. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.08.032
  • Dixon, H., Lawler, D., and Shamseldin, A. (2006) 'Streamflow trends in western Britain'. Geophysical Research Letters 33, L19406. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006GL027325, 1-7
  • Kingston, D., McGregor, G.R., Hannah, D.M., and Lawler, D.M. (2006) 'River flow teleconnections between Europe and North America'. Geophysical Research Letters 33, 1-5. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1029/2006GL026574
  • Lawler, D.M. (2005) 'Defining the moment of erosion: the principle of thermal consonance timing'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30, 1597-1615. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1234
  • Old, G.H., Lawler, D.M., and Snorrason, A. (2005) 'Discharge and suspended sediment dynamics during two jokulhlaups in the Skafta river, Iceland'. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 30 (11), 1441-1460. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/esp.1216

Selected Funding

  • 2011-2016, Sediment pollution in Irish Rivers: SILTFLUX, Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, £383,000
  • 2009-2012, Modelling rapid landscape change driven by glacial outburst floods, NERC New Investigator grant, £93,238
  • 2007-2009, NERC Hyporheic Zone Knowledge Transfer Network, , £100,000
  • 2005-2006, Sakhalin II: Impact of Pipeline River Crossings on Erosion, Sediment Pollution and Salmon Fisheries Sakhalin Island Siberia, AEA Technology and European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, £35,000
  • 2003-2007, Drivers of recent changes in river flows in Western Britain, EPSRC, Industrial CASE Training Grant, £75,000
  • 2002, Flood risk in North Wales, Castlemead Homes Ltd., £25,000
  • 2000-2004, Rehabilitation of urban rivers: modelling the ecological risks of urban river sediments, NERC, £120,000
  • 1999-2002, Vegetation, seed establishment and river bank stability, NERC Connect B with Environment Agency
  • 1998-2015, External Funding for 20 PhD students, mainly NERC Competitive Awads and International Government Sponsorship Awards, £1,200,000
  • 1997-2000, Tidal channel erosion and turbidity maxima in the upper Humber estuary, NERC Land-Ocean Interaction Study, LOIS II grant, £25,000
  • 1996-1999, Dynamics of bank sediment supply and sediment transport in lower river reaches and estuaries, NERC (Land-Ocean Interaction Study - LOIS Grant), £128,000
  • 1996-1999, Glacial outburst floods in southern Iceland, NERC CASE partner. Icelandic National Energy Authority, £55,000
  • 1991-1992, The Hekla 1991 eruption: tephra fallout patterns, surface transport and incorporation of ash in Icelandic fluvial systems, NERC Urgency award, £14,646
  • 1991, Glacial hydrology and sediment transport in Southern Iceland, Royal Society, £9,000
  • 1991, Seismic and geothermal impacts on sediment transport and water quality in glacial and snowmelt rivers, Iceland, Royal Geographical Society
  • 1988, Suspended sediment transport dynamics in glacial rivers, Southern Iceland, Royal Society, University of Birmingham and Icelandic National Energy Authority (NEA), £12,000

Research Students

PhD: 15 completions 5 current students

Selected Professional Activities

  • 2012: External Assessor, Assistant Professorship, Trinity College Dublin
  • 2011-2016: Invited international investigator, for Ireland Environmental Protection Agency ‘SILTFLUX’ EU Water Framework Directive project on Sediment Pollution in Irish Rivers
  • 2010-2011: Invited Deputy Chair, NERC Freshwater Sciences Moderating Panel
  • 2009-2012: Member, NERC Peer Review College
  • 2008: Lead Convenor British Hydrological Society water quality Conference
  • 2007: Lead Convenor British Society for Geomorphology Annual Conference
  • 2005-2006: International Advisor to European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, AEA Technology and UK, EU, USA and Japan Government banks on pollution impacts of oil pipeline development
  • 2005-2008: Session Convenor for European Geosciences Union Annual Conferences, Vienna
  • 2002–2008: Head of the Hydrogeomorphological Research Group, University of Birmingham