Professor Mike Acreman
Science Area Lead, Natural Capital
My main research interests lie at the interface between hydrology and ecology. The water needs of aquatic ecosystems, including rivers and wetlands, is a particular focus. I recently led the definition of UK river requirements to meet the European Water Framework Directive. As leader of the World Bank Environment Flow advisory panel, I have been supporting the development of environmental flow allocations in Tanzania and China and advising on global programme. I coordinated the definition of guidelines on environmental flow releases from reservoirs as the UK contribution to the World Commission on Dams.
My other major research area is the hydrological functions of wetlands. Recent work has included the development of methods to assess the vulnerability of wetlands in the Himalayas and restoration of wetlands through reinstallation of surface topography. As a member of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the International Convention on Wetlands responsible for water programme, I have developed guidance for Contracting Parties groundwater and water quality issues of wetlands.
Please see also the NERC Open Research Archive.
Acreman, M.C., Ferguson, A. 2009 Environmental flows and European Water Framework Directive. Freshwater Biology doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427
Acreman, M.C. 2005 Linking science and decision-making: features and experience from environmental river flow setting. Environmental Modelling and Software 20, 99-109
Acreman, M.C., Blake, J.R., Booker, D.J., Harding, R.J., Reynard, N., Mountford, J.O., Stratford, C.J. 2009 A simple framework for evaluating regional wetland ecohydrological response to climate change with case studies from Great Britain. Ecohydrology 2, 1-17.
Acreman, M.C., Aldrick, J., Binnie, C., Black, A.R., Cowx, I., Dawson, F.H., Dunbar, M.J., Extence, C., Hannaford, J., Harby, A., Holmes, N.T., Jarrett, N., Old, G., Peirson, G., Webb, J., Wood, P.J. 2009 Environmental flows from dams; the Water Framework Directive Engineering Sustainability. 162, ESI, 13-22.
Acreman, M.C., Dunbar, M.J., Hannaford, J., Wood, P.J., Holmes, N.J., Cowx, I., Noble, R., Mountford, J.O., King, J., Black, A., Extence, C., Crookall, D. & Aldrick, J. 2008. Developing environmental standards for abstractions from UK rivers to implement the Water Framework Directive. Hydrological Sciences Journal, 53, 6, 1105-1120.
Acreman, M.C. 2007 Agriculture needs ecosystems, ecosystems need water. Food Ethics 3, 1, 16.
Booker, D.J. & Acreman, M.C. 2007 Generalisation of physical habitat-discharge relationships. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11, 1, 141-157.
Duranel, A.. Acreman, M.C., Stratford, C., Thompson, J.R. & Mould, D. 2007 Assessing hydrological suitability of the Thames floodplain for species-rich meadow restoration. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11, 1, 170-179
Gasca-Tucker, D.L., Acreman, M.C., Agnew, C. & Thompson, J.R. 2007 Estimating evaporation from a wet grassland: Pevensey Levels, UK Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11, 1, 270-282
Acreman, M.C., Fisher, J., Stratford, C.J., Mould, D.J. & Mountford, J.O. 2007 Hydrological science and wetland restoration: case studies from Europe. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 11, 1, 158-169