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School of Geography

Adrian McDonald Prof Adrian McDonald

Contact details

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


+44 (0) 113 34 33344

Work in progress

Current Projects

  • 'WaND Programme
    (Water and New Developments)
    EPSRC funded study of potable water demand forecasting and household forecasting in the UK
  • Developing models of the sustainable city'
  • 'Developing catchment protection assessment systems'
  • 'Urban development and non point sources of water'
  • 'Short term water demand forecasting'
  • 'Embedding sustainability at the design stage and packaging'

Grants (since 2000)

  • Water Cycle Management £410,336.00
  • Grip blocking in upland catchments £5,052.80
  • BIOCONS, EEC £57,324.50
  • Yorkshire Water Strategic Partnership £353,302.02
  • Yorkshire Water Support for investigations into the demand effects of the Code for Sustainable Housing £45,000
  • Environment Agency Support for catchment investigations for flood control £30,000
  • CREH Support for demand investigations £20,050
  • 2007 EPSRC (SUE consortium) Revisions: The built environment and the built form links to water energy and waste needs. £3.83 million of which c£800,000 to Leeds.
  • Yorkshire Water Three studies of cyanobacteria at Scout dyke £9,000
  • Yorkshire Water A new spatially disaggregated water demand forecasting model £15,000
  • Yorkshire Water An assessment of the Yorkshire Water DCM £4000
  • Three Valleys Water An assessment of population figures, hidden and transient populations and water balance closure issues £18,000
  • UKWIR Cost effectiveness of demand control. WR 25b £37,000
  • Yorkshire Water Residiuum management £35,000
  • Yorkshire Water Assessment of pressures and impacts maps £25,000
  • Yorkshire Water Determination of HMWB's in Yorkshire £22,000
  • Yorkshire Water Remonitoring of colour at Angram and Scar House £13,700
  • orkshire Water Rapid assessment of costs/benefits of colour management (Outline funding agreed)
  • Yorkshire Water Extension of climate/colour modelling (£16,000)
  • Yorkshire Water Rapid colour risk mapping £9,500
  • DEFRA Catchment Sensitive Farming: Ingbirchworth £29,000
  • South West Water Review of bias in SODWaC demand assessment system £7,250
  • Yorkshire Forward Planning for a virtual energy research centre. £9,500
  • Yorkshire Water An independent allocation of HMW status in Yorkshire. £20,000
  • Scottish Executive Impacts of implementation of Annex III of the Nitrates Directive £9,950
  • Yorkshire Forward Supporting the development of the Future Energy Company £9,500
  • Yorkshire Water Monitoring eutrophication at Scout Dyke reservoir £3,500
  • Yorkshire Water Baseline funding of strategic research partnership £353,000
  • Scott, Wilson, Kirkpatrick Development of a Biodiversity Action Planning Information System c£70,000 of which c£10K to Leeds
  • Yorkshire Water Grip blocking: costs and benefits £110,000
  • English Nature Monitoring hydrological recovery to drain blocking by heather £12,000
  • Canadian Foundation Conflict and governance in Canadian water management. $C12,000
  • Yorkshire Forward Review of Regional Energy Research and Development of associated database £15,000
  • Thames Water Estimating Hidden and Transient Populations £14,000
  • EPSRC SUE - WaND Consortium: Water and New Development. £2,500,000 (of which £410,000 to School of Geography [RSU])
  • NERC Connect B: Nutrient Dynamics and Land Management on the River Derwent Floodplain. £95,000 (RSU Rejected)
  • Environment Agency Impact of stocking density on revegetation and runoff production in eroded moorland. £10,000
  • Canada House Management of Resource Conflicts £8,000
  • Environment Agency Past and present farming practices on the Ings of the Lower Derwent. £8150 [ULIS]
  • Canadian Studies Foundation Best Practise to Minimise Impacts of Extractive Industry. £12,000 [RSU]
  • Environment Agency Depositional History of the Lower Derwent Ings: Physical Coring and Analysis. £13,500 [ULIS]
  • Yorkshire Water Derive a risk management plan for Elslack Reservoir catchment. £5,000 (ULIS)
  • Thames Water Critique of proposals for closure of supply - demand estimation closure gaps. £5,500
  • Yorkshire Water Small Area Water Demand Assessment for the East Surface Water Zone. £7,200 (ULIS)
  • Yorkshire Water Assessment of the DCM in 2002 and anomalies in York demand. £4,250 (ULIS)
  • EPSRC and Yorkshire Water Agent based modelling of small area demand. (studentship). £38,545 (Dept - not taken forward)
  • Environment Agency Information requirements for the integrated management of agricultural areas in sensitive river basins. R &D E1-108 £67,000 [RSU]
  • First Renewables Develop proceedure for, and map, coppice source areas, South Yorkshire. £3,700 [ULIS]
  • Environment Agency Particle size characterisation in estuarine waters. Environment Agency. Aberwstwyth sub-contract. £12,000 [ULIS]
  • NERC Connect B Integrated modelling of water, water quality and sediment delivery for best practice in upland environments. £121,739 [RSU]
  • Yorkshire Water Evaluating Pumphead Characteristics. £1200 [ULIS]
  • Severn Trent Water Hawthorne Effects on Domestic Consumption. £4,700 [ULIS]
  • Canadian Foundation Management of Industrial Residuals £12,000[RSU]
  • Yorkshire Water Services A Critical Evaluation of Methods for the Estimation of Domestic Water Demand at York Waterworks Company and of the Structure, Operation and Management of the Yorkshire Water Domestic Consumption Monitor. £8,000. [ ULIS]
  • Thames Water. A Critical Evaluation of Industrial Demand Forecasting. £5,500 [ ULIS]
  • Kelda/First Renewables Nutrient Dynamics on Coppiced Sites. £36,000 [RSU]
  • First Renewables Develop proceedure for, and map, coppice source areas, south-west England. £1,700 [Dept]

Future Research

My research plans envisage continued close co-operation with the environment industry and in particular the water industry.  The aim is to develop science that is significant to management and policy-making and through that to improve the quality of life and the well-being of the environment.

The following themes will be continued and developed:

  • Demand measurement, monitoring and forecasting for a variety of time horizons, demand types and spatial resolutions.
  • Improvements and automation of risk analysis and catchment remediation for catchment protection.
  • The development of methods and applications for the identification analysis and control of water borne health impactors.
  • The extension of sustainable indicators in a variety of contexts (Canadian forestry, water quality, urban improvement) and their interpretation to a format of value to decision makers.