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Dr Nicholas Howden

Dr Nicholas Howden

Dr Nicholas Howden
MEng(Dunelm), DIC PhD(Lond.), CEng, CEnv, CWEM, FCIWEM, FGS, FRGS

Reader in Water & Environmental Engineering

Office 2.19QB
Queen's Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 331 5630



I am a catchment hydrologist and hydrogeologist.  My research aims to provide a better understanding of how climate, land-use and land management affect the quantity and quality of surface and groundwater over the short- and long-term.  I am particularly interested in the diffuse transport of nitrate from agricultural watersheds.

I studied Engineering at Durham University before completing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.  Then I spent three years working in industry, latterly as Principal Consultant for White Young Green, before moving to Cranfield University as a Lecturer in Soil and Water Engineering in 2007.  I joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol in March 2010. 

I was recently leader of Work Package Hydrology for the Arctic Biosphere Atmosphere Coupling at Multiple Scales (ABACUS: research project, funded by the National Environmental Research Council (NERC) as part of the International Polar Year (IPY).  In 2008 I was given a Young Investigators' Award by the NERC-UKPopNet ( to improve hydrological modelling of catchments in the Welsh Uplands, and have also worked as a hydrological consultant for Yorkshire Water, WINGAS Storage UK, Egdon Resources, and the Portland Gas Company.

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