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Professor Michael Bonell

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Email: m.bonell@dundee.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1382 386469

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Prof. Mike Bonell is a Professor in Catchment Science and is assisting the Centre to establish a science research programme which interfaces with water policy and water law. As a contribution towards the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 of the Scottish Government, a particular focus of his attention concerns surface water-groundwater interactions (including deep rock hydrogeology) and associated impacts of various land covers/land uses connected with natural flood management within the Tweed HELP Basin and as part of the Eddleston Water project. This work is being undertaken in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh.

Following his earlier research experiences within tropical northeast Australia and later whilst being the inaugural Chief of Section: Hydrological Processes and Climate in the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences, Paris (1998-2006), he retains his research interests in overseas projects notably in the areas of forests-water- land management and rainfall climatology in collaboration especially with Australian and Indian institutions. He was previously the inaugural global co-ordinator of the UNESCO IHP-HELP (Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy programme) which involves a trans-disciplinary approach and he is contributing some of that experience when concerning both the Tweed HELP Basin and in overseas projects.

Top Publications
Date Title
2010 Howard, A., Bonell, M., Cassells, D.S., and Gilmour, D.A. Is rainfall intensity significant in the rainfall-runoff process within tropical rainforests of north-east Queensland? : The Hewlett regression analyses revisited. Hydrological Processes (in press).
2009

Kristof Koch, Jochen Wenninger, Stefan Uhlenbrook, and Mike Bonell  Electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) for  identifying hillslope processes in the Black Forest Mountains, Germany. Hydrological Processes  23 (10):  1501-1513.

Bonell, M and Williams, J. A review of hydrology research within the open eucalypt woodlands of tropical semi-arid Central-North Queensland, Australia:  a possible source of baseline information for the West African Sahel. Sécheresse 20(1): 31-47. Science et changements planetaires / Sécheresse.  John Libbey Eurotext journal.
2008

Bonell, M. and Callaghan, J.  The synoptic meteorology of high rainfalls and the storm runoff response in the Wet Tropics. In: Living in a Dynamic Tropical Forest Landscape (The  Wet Tropics Rainforests  of Australia), Stork, N.E. and   Turton, S, eds., , pp.23-46.Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.

Smith, J.W.N., Bonell, M., Gibert, J., McDowell, W.H., Sudicky, E.A., Turner, J.V.  and Harris, R.C. Groundwater – surface water interactions, nutrient fluxes and ecological response in river corridors : Translating science into effective management.  Hydrological Processes 22, 151 – 157.

Bonell, M.  The role of the HELP programme. In : Integrated Water Management : Practical Experiences and Case Studies, Editors (Meire,P., Coenen, M., Lombardo, C., Robba,M. &   Sacile,R.), NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society, NATO Science Series, NATO Series IV :  Earth and Environmental Sciences – Vol. 80, Brussels, Springer, pp. 247-261.

Soulsby, C., Neal, C., Laudon, H., Burns, D.A., Merot, P., Bonell, M., Dunn, S.M. and Tetzlaff, D. Catchment data for process conceptualization : simply not enough? Hydrological Processes 22, 2057-2061.
Journals
Date Title
2007 Chappell, N.A., Tych, W. and Bonell, M. 2007. Development of the forSIM model to quantify positive and negative hydrological impacts of tropical reforestation. Forest Ecology and Management 251, 52-64.(Special Issue on 'Planted forests and water')
2007 Bloschel, Gunter, Ardoin-Bardin, Sandra, Bonell, Mike, Dorninger, Manfred, Goodrich, David, Gutknecht, Dieter, Matamoras, David, Merz, Bruno, Shand, Paul & Szolgay, Jan. 2007. Invited Commentary  - At what scales do climate variability and land cover change impact on flooding and low flows? Hydrological Processes, 21 (9), 1241-1247.
2006 Bonell,M., McDonnell, J.J, Scatena, F.N., Seibert , Uhlenbrook , S. &   van LanenH.A.J. 2006.  HELPing FRIENDs in PUBs: charting a course for synergies within international water research programmes in gauged and ungauged basins. Hydrological Processes, 20 (8), 1867-1874.
2004 Bonell, M. 2004 How do we move from ideas to action? – the role of the HELP programme. Special Issue of Int. Journal of Water Resources Development; Special Thematic Issue: Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) Programme; Volume 20; Number 3; September 2004; Carfax Publishing; pp: 283-296.;
2004 Andersson, L., Bonell, M. & Moody, D. 2004 Foreword, pp 267-274; Int Journal of Water Resources Development; Special Thematic Issue: Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy (HELP) Programme; Volume 20; Number 3; September 2004; Carfax.
2003 BoneBonell, M. and  Molicova, H. 2003 A hydrological approach to tropical forestation : Controversial issues and possible applications of topographic – wetness models. J. Tropical Forest Science, 15 ( 3), 411-431.

Books-Chapters

BoneBonell, M. & Bruijnzeel, L.A., 2004 ( Editors ) . Forests, Water and People in the Humid Tropics: Past, Present and Future Hydrological  Research for Integrated Land and Water Management. International Hydrology Series - Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 925p.

Bonell, M. & Bruijnzeel, L.A   Introduction, pp 1-4

Callaghan, J.  & Bonell, M.    An overview of the meteorology and cliimtaology of the humid tropics; chapter 10; pp. 158-193

Bonell, M. Callaghan, J. & Connor, G.    Synoptic and mesoscale rain producing systems in the humid tropics; Chapter 11; pp 194-266

Bonell, M.    Runoff generation in tropical forests; Chapter 14; pp 314-406

Barnes, C. & Bonell, M.    How to choose an appropriate catchment model; Chapter 29; pp. 717-741

Bruijnzeel, L.A., Bonell, M., Gilmour, D.A. & Lamb, D. Forests- Water-People : An emerging view; Conclusion; pp.906-925.

Reports

Bonell, M. 2008. A Report on The Need for a revival of Experimental Basins Using an Interdisciplinary Science Approach to Address Gaps in Modelling : A Catchment Science Perspective on New Biophysical Research Directions by Theme. CSIRO-Charles Sturt University HELP Centre on Water and Food Security, Wagga Wagga , Australia , March 2008, 102pp.  (drafted as part of being a Visiting CSIRO  Distinguished Scientist Fellow, 2007-2008).

Research

Mike is currently working on the major research projects:

  1. With the past support of the Ford Foundation and the UNESCO IHP, and now the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is currently collaborating with Indian research institutions when concerning the data analyses from a forest hydrology catchment research project in both the humid (Karnataka) and semi-arid tropics (Mysore) of India (Western Ghats escarpment and dip slope). This work is also investigating the impacts of afforestation-reforestation of degraded land on the hydrology within the wet Western Ghats.
  2. As a contribution towards the implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 of the Scottish Government, particular focus of attention concerns surface water-groundwater interactions (incl. deep rock hydrogeology) and associated impacts of various land covers/land uses connected with natural flood management within the Tweed basin (a UNESCO-IHP HELP basin). This work is being undertaken in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, Edinburgh.
  3. Mike Bonell's research interests still remain in process hydrology (e.g. rainfall climatology-hillslope hydrology- storm runoff generation) and its applications to forest and land management problems associated with deforestation and land use change in general, within the tropical rainforest and tropical semi-arid environments of northeastern, and central-north tropical Australia. The processing of long-term rain-runoff data sets is continuing.
  4. Contributing to the EU LiveDiverse project in terms of forests water- people. This also includes a planned comparative study with colleagues in James Cook University, Cairns on indigenous tropical forest-environments knowledge linked with the Wet Tropics of NE Queensland.
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