Dr Sim M. Reaney
Sim Reaney’s research is centred on the movement of water through the landscape and the representation of these hydrological processes within both simulation models and geospatial analysis. His work includes the impact of diffuse pollution from the landscape on water quality, catchment hydrological processes and working with natural processes approaches to flood risk management. The connection between these different areas of work is the concept of hydrological connectivity. The testing and representation of how different parts of the landscape connect via hydrological pathways is key to the understanding of these different environmental pressures.
The importance of hydrological connectivity is embedded within the SCIMAP diffuse pollution risk mapping toolset. SCIMAP uses geospatial analysis to map source areas for sediments, nutrients and microbial pollution to enable effective catchment management. In this analysis, SCIMAP calculates detailed connectivity and source maps at the landscape extent with sub field detail. The SCIMAP water quality work spans sediment, nutrients (N and P), microbial pollution and flood risk. The approach has been widely adopted within the UK and overseas and is supported by a series of user group meetings.
Sim Reaney designed and developed the CRUM3 catchment model that has been used to research how geomorphology and rainfall patterns lead to the connection and disconnection of different parts of the landscape. This model has been used to represent how natural flood risk management mitigation schemes disconnect surface water flows that least to flood events. The model has also been used to represent how projected climate change may affect river flows and how the changing climate may affect the strength of the hydrological connectivity. Research projects, government agencies and industry have used either the model directly or predictions from the model to inform decision making.
Sim Reaney is currently working on the Defra Demonstration Test Catchment project on diffuse pollution management and the measurement and modelling of flood risk in Java, Indonesia, and in Nepal. He is supervising postgraduate research on flood risk reduction in Nepal. He is applying detailed drone mapping to produce fine-scale topographic maps that capture small scale features in the landscape that effect the generation and export of diffuse pressures. He is teaching on hydrological processes, catchment management and simulation modelling of catchment hydrology and flood risk. More details of his work are on his website, Twitter and Instagram.
Department of Geography
Department of Geography
- Built Infrastructure for Older People’s Care in Conditions of Climate Change (BIOPICCC)
- Risk-Based Modelling of Diffuse Agricultural Pollution
Department of Sociology
- Agricultural diffuse (non point) pollution - N, P and fine sediment
- Catchment based hydrological modelling
- Connectivity of environmental flows
- Flood hazards
- Minimal complexity approaches to environmental problems
- Physical hydrological processes
- Porter, Kenneth D.H., Quilliam, Richard S., Reaney, Sim M. & Oliver, David M. (2019). High resolution characterisation of E. coli proliferation profiles in livestock faeces. Waste Management 87: 537-545.
- Snell, M. A., Barker, P. A., Surridge, B. W. J., Benskin, C. McW. H., Barber, N., Reaney, S. M., Tych, W., Mindham, D., Large, A. R. G., Burke, S. & Haygarth, P. M. (2019). Strong and recurring seasonality revealed within stream diatom assemblages. Scientific Reports 9(1): 3313.
- Oliver, David M., Bartie, Phil J., Louise Heathwaite, A., Reaney, Sim M., Parnell, Jared A.Q. & Quilliam, Richard S. (2018). A catchment-scale model to predict spatial and temporal burden of E coli on pasture from grazing livestock. Science of The Total Environment 616-617: 678-687.
- Adams, R., Quinn, P., Barber, N. & Reaney, S. (2018). The Role of Attenuation and Land Management in Small Catchments to Remove Sediment and Phosphorus: A Modelling Study of Mitigation Options and Impacts. Water 10(9): 1227.
- Porter, Kenneth D.H., Reaney, Sim M., Quilliam, Richard S., Burgess, Chris & Oliver, David M. (2017). Predicting diffuse microbial pollution risk across catchments: The performance of SCIMAP and recommendations for future development. Science of The Total Environment 609: 456-465.
- Perks, M.T., Warburton, J., Bracken, L.J., Reaney, S.M., Emery, S.B. & Hirst, S. (2017). Use of spatially distributed time-integrated sediment sampling networks and distributed fine sediment modelling to inform catchment management. Journal of Environmental Management 202: 469-478.
- Oliver, D.M., Porter, K.D.H., Pachepsky, Y.A., Muirhead, R.W., Reaney, S.M., Coffey, R., Kay, D., Milledge, D.M., Hong, E., Anthony, S.G., Page, T., Bloodworth, J.W., Mellander, P-E., Carbonneau, P., McGrane, S.J. & Quilliam, R.S. (2016). Predicting microbial water quality with models: Over-arching questions for managing risk in agricultural catchments. Science of The Total Environment 544: 39-47.
- Greene, S., Johnes, P.J., Bloomfield, J.P., Reaney, S.M., Lawley, R., El Khatib, Y., Freer, J., Odoni, N., Macleod, C.J.A. & Percy, B. (2015). A geospatial framework to support integrated biogeochemical modelling in the United Kingdom. Environmental Modelling & Software 68: 219-232.
- Perks, M.T., Owen, G.J., Benshin, C.McW.H., Jonczyk, J., Deasy, C., Burke, S., Reaney, S.R. & Haygarath, P.M. (2015). Dominant mechanisms for the delivery of fine sediment and phosphorus to fluvial networks draining grassland dominated headwater catchments. Science of The Total Environment 523: 178-190.
- Snell, M. A., Barker, P. A., Surridge, B. W. J., Large, A. R. G., Jonczyk, J., Benskin, C. McW. H., Reaney, S., Perks, M. T., Owen, G. J., Cleasby, W., Deasy, C., Burke, S. & Haygarth, P. M. (2014). High frequency variability of environmental drivers determining benthic community dynamics in headwater streams. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 16(7): 1629-1636.
- Reaney, S.R., Bracken, L.J. & Kirkby, M.J. (2014). The importance of surface controls on overland flow connectivity in semi-arid environments: results from a numerical experimental approach. Hydrological Processes 28(4): 2116-2128.
- Pattison, I., Lane, S.N., Hardy, R.J. & Reaney, S.M. (2014). The role of tributary relative timing and sequencing in controlling large floods. Water Resources Research 50(7): 5444-5458.
- Bracken, L.J., Wainwright, J., Ali, G.A., Tetzlaff, D., Smith, M.W., Reaney, S.M. & Roy, A.G. (2013). Concepts of hydrological connectivity: Research approaches, pathways and future agendas. Earth-Science Reviews 119: 17-34.
- Ali G. Oswald, C., Spence C., Cammeraat E. L. H., McGuire K J., Meixner T. & Reaney S. M. (2013). Towards a unified threshold-based hydrological theory: necessary components and recurring challenges. Hydrological Processes 27(2): 313-318.
- Milledge, D.G., Lane, S.N Heathwaite, A.L. & Reaney, S.M. (2012). A Monte Carlo approach to the inverse problem of diffuse pollution risk in agricultural catchments. Science of The Total Environment 433: 434-449.
- Oven, K., Curtis, S., Reaney, S., Riva, M., Stewart, M.G., Ohlemuller, R., Dunn, C., Nodwell, S., Dominelli, L. & Holden, R. (2012). Climate change and health and social care: Defining future hazard, vulnerability and risk for infrastructure systems supporting older people’s health care in England. Applied Geography 33: 16-24.
- Reaney, S.M., Lane, S.N., Heathwaite, A.L. & Dugdale, L.J. (2011). Risk-based modelling of diffuse land use impacts from rural landscapes upon salmonid fry abundance. Ecological Modelling 222(4): 1016-1029.
- Wall, D., Jordan, P., Melland, A.R., Buckley, C., Reaney, S.M. & Shortle, G. (2011). Using the nutrient transfer concept to evaluate the European Union Nitrates Directive National Action Programme. Environmental Science & Policy 14(6): 664-674.
- Lane, S.N., Reaney, S.M. & Heathwaite, A.L. (2009). Representation of landscape hydrological connectivity using a topographically driven surface flow index. Water Resources Research 45(8): W08423.
- Reaney, S.M. (2008). The use of agent based modelling techniques in hydrology: determining the spatial and temporal origin of channel flow in semi-arid catchments. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 33(2): 317-327.
- Reaney, S.M., Bracken, L.J. & Kirkby, M.J. (2007). Use of the connectivity of runoff model (CRUM) to investigate the influence of storm characteristics on runoff generation and connectivity in semi-arid areas. Hydrological Processes 21(7): 894-906.
- 2015: Demonstration tests catchment River Eden Phase 2 (£132141.00 from DEFRA)
- 2015: SCIMAP Web Application Refinement (£9900.00 from Environment Agency)
- 2014: A Catchment Based Approach to Flood Risk Management in the Roe Beck Catchment, Cumbria (£7996.00 from Eden Rivers Trust)
- 2014: Development of Effective Approaches to Flood Risk Reduction using Natural Techniques on Tutta Beck, County Durham (£10000.00 from Tees Rivers Trust)
- 2014: Pathogen Risks in Agricultural Catchments: Towards International Collaboration And Learning in Modelling (PRACTICAL Modelling) (£5958.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)
- 2013: Natural England Evidence based Decision Support Tool - Phase 1 - Omnicom 24797 (£25689.60 from Natural England)
- 2011: Spatially Targeted and Coordinated Regulation of Agricultural Externalities: An Economic Perspective (£19915.78 from ESRC)
- 2009: The River Eden Consortium design and implementation of monitoring approach at catchment scale and development of catchment conceptual model (£324447.06 from DEFRA)
- 2008: Eden Rivers Trust (£42250.00 from Eden Rivers Trust)
- 2011: Pilot Virtual Observatory (£16118.00 from NERC - Natural Environment Research Council)