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Dr Nicholas Howden


I am a catchment hydrologist and hydrogeologist. My research aims to provide a better understanding of how climate, land-use and land management affect the quantity and quality of surface and groundwater over the short- and long-term. I am particularly interested in the diffuse transport of nitrate from agricultural watersheds. I was recently leader of Work Package Hydrology for the Arctic Biosphere Atmosphere Coupling at Multiple Scales (ABACUS: research project, funded by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) as part of the International Polar Year (IPY). In 2008 I was given a Young Investigators' Award by the NERC-UKPopNet ( to improve hydrological modelling of catchments in the Welsh Uplands, and have also worked as a hydrological consultant for Yorkshire Water, WINGAS Storage UK, Egdon Resources, and the Portland Gas Company. Finally, I am the Director of the University of Bristol's MSc Programme in Water and Environmental Management.

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  • hydrology
  • hydrogeology
  • hydrogeochemistry