Professional summary

Research Interests

I am an environmental modeller who specialises in geospatial analysis.

At CEH I use Earth Observation data for land use analysis to feed into ecosystem service models, and I model ecosystem services at both a landscape and plot scale allowing us to:

  • Quantify the change in ecosystem services resulting from different land use scenarios
  • Analyse socio-economic impacts of changes in ecosystems services
  • Develope new methods to model and analyse ecosystem services

I work on a wide range of ecosystem service related projects, and currently I am involved in investigating ecosystem services and socio-economic impacts of agroforestry in Indonesia as part of the SUNRISE project, impact on water quality resulting from land use changes in Belize, and understanding the services provided by cockles in the Atlantic area.

Papers

Williamson, J.L., Tye, A., Lapworth, D.J. et al. (2021). Landscape controls on riverine export of dissolved organic carbon from Great Britain. Biogeochemistry. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10533-021-00762-2

Mahony, K.E., Lynch, S.A., Egerton, S., Cabral, S., de Montaudouin, X., Fitch, A., Magalhães, L., Rocroy, M., & Culloty, S. (2020). Mobilisation of data to stakeholder communities. Bridging the research-practice gap using a commercial shellfish species model. PLOS ONE 15(9): e0238446. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238446

Nemitz, E., Vieno, M., Carnell, E., Fitch, A., Steadman, C., Cryle, P., Holland, M., Morton, D., Hall, J., Mills, G., Hayes, F., Dickie, I., Carruthers, D., Fowler, D., Reis, S. & Jones, L. (2020). Potential and limitation of air pollution mitigation by vegetation and uncertainties of deposition-based evaluations. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2019.0320

Jones, L., Vieno, M., Fitch, A., Carnell, E., Steadman,C., Cryle,P., Holland,M., Nemitz,E., Morton,D., Hall,J., Mills,G., Dickie, I. & Reis, S. (2019). Urban natural capital accounts: developing a novel approach to quantify air pollution removal by vegetation, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 8:4, 413-428, DOI: 10.1080/21606544.2019.1597772Abd-Elmabod, S.K., Fitch, A.C., Zhang, Z., Ali, R.R, and Jones, Laurence. (2019). Rapid urbanisation threatens fertile agricultural land and soil carbon in the Nile delta. Journal of Environmental Management. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2019.109668

Reports

Vivid Economics and UKCEH. (2020). Economic impacts of Net Zero land use scenarios. Report prepared for the Committee on Climate Change, February 2020. https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/land-use-policies-for-a-net-zero-uk/economic-impacts-of-net-zero-land-use-scenarios-vivid-economics/

Beauchamp, K., Jenkins, T., Alison, J., Bathgate, S., Bell, C., Braban, C. F., Broome, A., Bursnell, M., Burton, V., Dickie, I. A., Doick, K. J., Evans, C. D., Fitch, A., Griffiths, R., Hall, C., Healey, J., Jones, L., Keith, A. M., Kerr, G., Kuyer, J., Maskell, L. C., Matthews, R. W., Morison, J., Nicoll, B., Nisbet, T., O'Brien, L., Old, G. H., Pagella, T., Perks, M. P., Robinson, D. A., Saraev, V., Smart, S. M., Smith, A., Siriwardena, G. M., Swetnam, R. D., Thomas, A. R. C., Tye, A., Valatin, G., Warren-Thomas, E., Wong, J. & Emmett, B. A., (2020). Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring & Modelling Programme (ERAMMP): ERAMMP Report-32: National Forest in Wales - Evidence Review. Report to Welsh Government (Contract C210/2016/2017). Centre for Ecology & Hydrology .

Eftec, SQW, CEH, and ABPmer. (2019). The ecosystem contribution to tourism and outdoor leisure. Report to Defra, September 2019.  http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&ProjectID=20245

Engledew, M., Maclean, K., Thomas, T., Fitch, A., et al L. (2019) Environment and Rural Affairs Monitoring & Modelling Programme – ERAMMP Year 1 Report 24: Welsh National Natural Capital Accounts - Ecosystem Service Accounts for Woodland, Farmland and Freshwater Habitats. Report to Welsh Government (Contract C210/2016/2017). Centre for Ecology & Hydrology Project NEC06297.

Online tools:

CEH & eftec (2019). ‘Pollution removal by vegetation’ On-line tool to assess the health benefits of trees in removing PM2.5  https://shiny-apps.ceh.ac.uk/pollutionremoval/

Publications