John Rowan

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Professor of Physical Geography

Bio

Biography

John was recently appointed as Vice-Principal (Research, Knowledge Exchange and Wider Impact). He is responsible for the overall research strategy of the University, along with growing vibrant relationships bridging the University and diverse partners in Industry, Government and the wider public. These relationships ensure that the superb research in the University achieves its highest potential in innovation and impact throughout society, consistent with our core value of Transforming Lives.

John is a Professor of Physical Geography, with particular expertise in the study of environmental change. His systems-based work on the impacts of climate and land use change - manifested by issues like soil erosion, flooding and biodiversity impacts - has a strong policy focus. His international collaborations extend across multiple countries, e.g., current projects in India, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Turkey. He also has a strong national profile and serves in an advisory capacity to the Scottish Government’s Centres of Expertise in Climate Change (CXC) and Centre for Research on Water (CREW).

John has been at the University of Dundee since 1998. He was Founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR), a strategic and highly successful partnership with the James Hutton Institute, established to tackle interdisciplinary challenges around food, water, energy and health security. He was the inaugural Dean of the new School of Social Sciences created through restructuring in 2015.

Research

Research expertise on water resources and different aspects of river basin management including erosion and sedimentation issues, environmental change, governance and ecohydrology.

 

Teaching

Global resources, ecosystem services and water resources management

 

Publications

Influence of Land Management on Soil Erosion, Connectivity and Sediment Delivery in Agricultural Catchments : Closing the Sediment Budget
7/2019, Land Degradation and Development
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Large-scale risk screening of raw water quality in the context of drinking water catchments and integrated response strategies
7/2019, Environmental Science and Policy
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Developing a standard approach for assessing the hydromorphology of lakes in Europe
4/2019, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Sediment fingerprinting as a tool to identify temporal and spatial variability of sediment sources and transport pathways in agricultural catchments
11/2018, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Supporting better decisions across the nexus of water, energy and food through earth observation data : Case of the Zambezi basin
2/2018, Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Conference article

Natural flood management, land use and climate change trade-offs : the case of Tarland catchment, Scotland
8/2017, Hydrological Sciences Journal
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Selection of a network of large lakes and reservoirs suitable for global environmental change analysis using Earth Observation
7/2016, International Journal of Remote Sensing
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Collective Intelligence and Participatory Citizen Science for Growing for Food and Sustainable Land Use
5/2016
Research Output: Contribution To Conference > Paper

Storm Event Suspended Sediment-Discharge Hysteresis and Controls in Agricultural Watersheds : Implications for Watershed Scale Sediment Management
2/2016, Environmental Science & Technology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Assessing the utility of geospatial technologies to investigate environmental change within lake systems
2/2016, Science of the Total Environment
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Press

Anthology celebrates collaboration between scientists, writers and artists

John Rowan & Jean Duncan

30/09/13

1 item of Media coverage

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Activities

Environmental change and the drive for sustainable futures

John Rowan (Presenter)
7 Jun 2011

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - public lecture/debate/seminar

Activity Type: Other Activity

Seventh Scientific Assembly of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences

John Rowan (Participant)
3 Apr 20059 Apr 2005

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

5th National Hydrology Seminar 2004: The Water Framework Directive - Monitoring & Modelling Issues for River Basin Management

John Rowan (Participant)
16 Nov 2004

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Activity Type: Attendance

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