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Adrian McDonald Prof Adrian McDonald

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School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK

Email:
a.t.mcdonald

Telephone:
+44 (0) 113 34 33344

Research overview

Prof Adrian McDonald's research interests focus on environmental management, with particular emphasis on the following fields: resource assessment, natural hazards, microbial dynamics, water colour processes and control, catchment planning and risk, decision support systems, and water demand assessment. Previous research experience also includes diffuse pollution assessment and forecasting, biofuel futures in the energy economy and alternative disputes resolution.

Research Interests

  • Environmental management with particular emphasis on the fields of
  • Resource assessment
  • Natural hazard
  • Microbial dynamics and hazard
  • Water colour processes and control
  • Catchment planning and catchment risk determination
  • Decision support systems
  • Water demand assessment
  • Forecasting and management
  • Diffuse pollution assessment and forecasting
  • biofuel futures in the energy economy
  • Alternative disputes resolution

Presentations

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  • McDonald, A.T. (2003) Flooding: An Avoidable Hazard or An Increasing Risk? (2003) [PDF FILE] University of Birmingham, 17th November 2003
  • McDonald, A.T. (2003) Is the world getting to be a more hazardous place? (2003) [PDF FILE]University of Salford, Salford, 18th November 2003 / Westminster Hall, London, 1 December 2003
  • McDonald, A.T. (2002) 'Flooding: Reaction and Management' Westminster Hall, London, 10 December 2002
  • McDonald, A.T. (2002) 'Renewables: Choices, Prospects, Problems' University of Salford, Salford, 14 November 2002
  • McDonald, A.T. (2002) 'Floods: An Avoidable Hazard' University of Aston, Birmingham, 11 November 2002
  • McDonald, A.T. (2001) 'Flooding: An Increasing Problem? Friends House, London. Phillip Allan Updates, 11th December 2001
  • McDonald, A.T. (2001) 'Flooding: An Increasing Problem? University of Salford. Phillip Allan Updates, 14th November 2001
  • McDonald, A.T. (2001) 'Merging nitrogen management and renewable energy needs' The Second International Nitrogen Conference, Ecological Society of America, Bolger Conference Centre, Potomac Maryland, 15 October 2001
  • McDonald, A.T. (2001) 'Upper Wharfedale Research Visions' River Wharfe Board, Phoenix House, Leeds, 17 July 2001
  • McDonald, A.T. (2000) 'Floods: An Avoidable Risk' London, 12 December 2000
  • McDonald, A.T. (2000) 'Floods: An Avoidable Risk' Manchester, 6 November 2000
  • McDonald, A.T. (2000) 'Water, Air, Land: Managing the Basics' Yorkshire in the 21st Century' Royal Geographical Society and Yorkshire Philosophical Society Conference, Tempest Anderson Hall, York, 8 April 2000
  • McDonald, A.T. (2000) 'Microbial Sources and Processes in Surface Waters' Water Training International, Burn Hall, Thirsk, 28 February 2000
  • McDonald, A.T. (2000) 'Process studies and software development for water management, conservation, risk recognition and forecasting' (invited), Environment Agency, Phoenix House, Leeds, 31 January 2000
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'From Water Science to Water Management' Sheffield Geographical Society' University of Sheffield, 18 November 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Energy Base 2000: Renewables or Fossil Fuels' Updates Conferences, Aston University, Birmingham, 18 November 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Energy Base 2000: Renewables or Fossil Fuels' Updates Conferences, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 8 November 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Biomass Energy: Sustainability, Rural Environment and Enterprise' Sustaining Rural Environments: An International Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, 20-23 October 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Regulating Rural Land Use in Water Gathering Grounds in the North of England' Sustaining Rural Environments: An International Conference, Flagstaff, Arizona, 20-23 October 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Risk and Resources: Past Contributions and Priorities for the Future' Future Geographies: 80th Birthday Conference, School of Geography, University of Leeds, 8-9 October 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Water Management Issues in Yorkshire' Oxley Hall, University of Leeds, 7 July 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Managing Risk in Environmental Management' Institute of Education, University of London, 22 April 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Times of Change: Philosophy, Content and Methodology' 10th Annual Conference of Teachers of Geography Syllabus B, School of Education, University of Leeds, Wakefield, 20 March 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Getting Environmental Messages Across International Boundaries' Crossing Boundaries, 15th Annual Conference, Birkbeck Centre for Canadian Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London, 19 February 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Teaching in a Research Environment' Workshop presentation for the PGC Learning and Teaching in HE course, Nuffield Institute, University of Leeds, 17 February 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999) 'Ecosystems and Environmental Management' Institute of Education, University of London, 3 February 1999
  • McDonald, A.T., (1999) 'Designing Sustainability into the Packaging Industry' Faraday Partnership (presentation with A. Butt), White Hart Hotel, Harrogate, 2 February 1999
  • McDonald, A.T. (1999, In Press) 'The behavior of sulpher, nitrogen and organic compounds in co-combustion of coal and biomass' Proc. Conf., Lisbon, with Kendall, Williams, Chagger and Pourkashanian
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Water Supply Problems in Yorkshire: an Evaluation of The Great Yorkshire Drought' Geographical Association, Bootham School, York, December 1977
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Hazard has Conditioned us to Live with Hazard' Training Partnership, Institute of Education, University of London, 5 November 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Sustainable Development: Problems and Prospects' Invited paper to the Annual Conference of the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers, University of Stirling, 31 October 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Flood Control and Management' Hereford and Brecon Geographical Association, 29 September 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Developing Generic Catchment Management Tools' Headwaters '98, Int. Ass. Water Resources, Moreno, Italy, April 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'The Search for Sustainability' Paper presented at the Geographical Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, April 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Ecosystems and their Management' Training Partnership, Institute of Education, London, March 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1998) 'Measuring and Forecasting Water Demand'   Paper presented at the EPSRC/UKWIR Industry Academia Meeting, London Conference Centre, February 1998
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Approaches to Flood Control' Sovereign Education, Pudsey, November 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Applying Geographical Catchment Research'  Paper presented at Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, November 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Water Issues 2,000' Royal Society of Arts' Leeds, November 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Resistance and Vulnerability in Ecological Systems' Training Partnership, Institute of Education, London, November 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Flooding: Ecology, Engineering or Economy, Sovereign Education, Pudsey Civic Hall, 11 November 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Environmental Issues of Small Island States' IBRD sponsored seminar series.  University of Mauritius, July 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'The Sustainability of Forestry in British Columbia' Sustainability and Environmental Management, 6th Conference on Canadian Environment and Resources, Centre for Canadian Studies, University of Leeds, 14-15 May 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Developing procedures for risk evaluation and management in upland catchments' International Water Research Association,  Paper presented at the Conference on Catchment Management, Whistler, Vancouver, May 1997
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'A hydrochemical basis for managing manganese in water supplies from upland basins' Int. Assoc. Hydro. Sci. Morocco. April 1997.
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'The Great Yorkshire Water Crisis.' Geographical Association, University of Hull, 25th February 1997.
  • McDonald, A.T. (1997) 'Ecology, economy & engineering as flood control strategies: rhetoric & reality.' The Training Partnership, Institute of Education, London, 5th February 1997.
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'Ecology, economy and engineering as flood control strategies' The Training Partnership, Institute of Education, London, November 1996
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'What counts in National Examinations!' Sovereign Education, Pudsey Civic Hall, 12th November 1996
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'Costing the earth' Water Training International, Burn Hall, North Yorkshire, 3rd May 1996
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'Rivers and water resource management: problems, issues and solutions' The Training Partnership, Institute of Education, London, 14th March 1996
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'Approaching the examination' Sovereign Education, The Commonwealth Institute, London, 7th March 1996
  • McDonald, A.T. (1996) 'Towards sustainable forest management: the case of British Columbia' Paper presented at the 12th Annual Symposium on Canadian Studies, Birkbeck College, London, 17th February 1996