Forestry and Natural Flood Management
Current research into the role of forestry in natural flood management
Assessing the Decay and Integrity of Timber Structures used for Natural Flood Management
Timber structures placed in watercourses and on their floodplains are effective NFM measures, restricting the flow and potentially holding large volumes of water during flood events, helping to reduce downstream...
Opportunity mapping - targeting woodland creation for water objectives
Opportunity mapping has been developed to help identify these locations and promote more integrated catchment management.
Forest hydrology - PhD studentships
Phd Students asociated with the Forest Hydrology research programme.
- Slowing the Flow in Pickering : Hydrologist
- Strathard Ecosystem Services Project : Hydrologist
- Opportunity Mapping for Woodland Planting to Reduce Flood Risk in Northern Ireland : Project leader
Valuing flood regulation services of existing forest cover to inform natural capital accounts
Background Forests are recognised to reduce flood flows, although the issue is complex and continues to be explored. While the processes of how trees affect the generation and conveyance of...
Restoring floodplain woodland for flood alleviation
By Tom Nisbet and Huw Thomas. Final Report for Defra Project SLD2316 - a study designed to evaluate and demonstrate the contribution of floodplain woodland to flood alleviation. Related pages...
Final report on assessment of the risk of chemical runoff following use of Gazelle SG as a pre-treatment and top-up spray in forestry
Standard, good forestry practice measures were proven to be effective in preventing containination of stream waters in a detailed study of acetamiprid runoff following the use of Gazelle SG as...
Peer reviewed papers
Thomas, H., Nisbet, T. R. (2016) Slowing the flow in pickering: quantifying the effect of catchment woodland planting on flooding using the soil conservation service curve number method. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering 6(3): 466 – 474.
Thomas, H. and Nisbet, T.R. (2012). Modelling the hydraulic impact of reintroducing large woody debris into watercourses. Journal of Flood Risk Management 5 (2): 164–174
Nisbet, T.R., Thomas, H. and Shah, N. (2011). Short Rotation Forestry and Water in McKay, H. (ed.) (2011). Short Rotation Forestry: review of growth and environmental impacts (PDF-3255K). Forest Research Monograph, 2, Forest Research, Surrey, pp13-34.
C A M E Wilson, Xavier, P, Schoneboom T, Lammeranner W, Rauch H. P, Aberle, J., Weissteiner, C., Thomas H., 2010. The Hydrodynamic Drag of Full Scale Trees. River Flow 2010
Nisbet, T.R., Roe, P., Marrington, S., Thomas, H., Broadmeadow, S., and Valatin, G. (2015). Slowing the Flow at Pickering, Final Report: Phase II. Final report for the Department of environment, food and rural affairs (Defra), Project RMP5455. Defra, London
Broadmeadow, S., Thomas, H., Shah, N and Nisbet, T.R. (2013). Opportunity mapping for woodland creation to improve water quality and reduce flood risk in the River Tay catchment – a pilot for Scotland. Final Report to FC Scotland and SEPA, 40 pp.
Broadmeadow, S., Thomas, H. and Nisbet, T.R. (2013). Yorkshire & North East England Woodland for Water Project, Phase 1: Opportunity mapping. Final Report to the Environment Agency, 56 pp.
Broadmeadow, S., Thomas, H. and Nisbet, T.R. (2012). Midlands Woodland for Water Project, Phase 1: Opportunity mapping. Final Report to the Environment Agency, 101 pp.
Nisbet, T.R., Marrington, S.. Thomas, H., Broadmeadow, S. and Valatin, G. (2011). Slowing the flow at Pickering. Final Report to Defra, 28pp.