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School of Geography

Richard Grayson Dr Richard Grayson

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Room 10.06 Garstang
School of Geography
University of Leeds
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT   UK


+44 (0) 113 34 38486

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Research overview

To establish the medium to long term impacts of land management on hydrological processes at the catchment scale.

My research interests focus around the core theme of catchment management, particularly how land management impacts hydrological and geomorphological processes.

I act as a Translation Fellow for the iCASP NFM monitoring and modelling project which will help to develop best practice and show how natural flood management can deliver a range of benefits in addition to flood protection. 

I am currently involved in the SoilBioHedge project which is examining how grass leys connected to hedgerows can restore and improve soil quality within arable fields, with my focus being hydrological processes and functions within the soil. I am also involved in leading a range of research projects examining the impacts of upland management and restoration on water quality and quantity in peat dominated catchments, including impacts on water colour, DOC and POC export as well as discharge, erosion and sediment loads.    


Further research interests include: The application of GIS based modelling approaches to estimate diffuse pollutant loads in river systems. Catchment scale hydrological studies to identify and monitor the sources, sinks and impacts of diffuse pollution and the role of catchment management approaches to mitigate diffuse pollution in river catchments. The quantification of erosion and suspended sediment loads and the use of physico-chemical composite fingerprinting approaches to identify the sources of these suspended sediments.


  • Towards a better understanding aquatic carbon losses from lowland peatlands across England and Wales.  EGU General Assembly, Vienna April 2017
  • SoilBioHedge, harnessing hedgerow soil biodiversity for restoration of arable soil quality and resilience to climatic extremes and land use changes: The impacts of arable to ley conversion on soil hydrological properties. EGU General Assembly, Vienna April 2017
  • Improving particulate carbon loss estimates in eroding peatlands through the use of terrestrial laser scanning. 23rd Meeting of the British Organic Geochemical Society, University of Leeds, July 2012
  • Improving peatland erosion rate measurements through the use of terrestrial laser scanning. BSG 2012 Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, June 2012
  • Changes in storm hydrographs associated with long-term peatland vegetation change. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13. EGU Conference, Vienna April 2011
  • Improving DOC flux estimates in peatlands through continuous UV-visible absorbance measurement. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 13. EGU Conference, Vienna April 2011.
  • Identification of nitrate sources in a chalk water supply catchment in Yorkshire, UK. DIPCON 2009, Seoul, South Korea, October 2009.
  • Identifying key land management practices affecting water colour production in upland catchments using GIS and MCE. EA-QUEST Climate Change and the Uplands Progress Meeting. January 2009. University of Manchester.
  • The Use of GIS and Multi-Criteria Evaluation (MCE) to Identify Agricultural Land Management Practices Which Cause Surface Water Pollution in Drinking Water Supply Catchments. 11th International Specialised Conference on Watershed & River Basin Management, September 2008, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Microbial Source Tracking: A tool for tackling diffuse pollution across NW Europe? EUREAUTERRITORIALES: River Basin Management and European Territorial Co-operation. Quimper, Finistère, France October 2006.
  • The use of 226Ra(excess) for dating Marine and Lacustrine Sediments over the Holocene. Geoarchaeology 06, University of Exeter, September 2006.