Professional summary

Research Interests

Harry’s research background is as a hydrologist specialising in hydrometric monitoring networks. His career to date has spanned hydrometry, hydrometric data processing, environmental data management and the quantification and attribution of hydrological variability. He has extensive experience of working in the UK and internationally on projects related to the collection and management of hydrological data and information, included work on the use of earth observation satellites for river flow measurement; a cosmic-ray based soil moisture monitoring network; the design of a new flood and runoff monitoring programme; the development of a national flood peak database and raingauge undercatch issues. He has led British and International standards development in the areas of precipitation measurement and hydrometric data management. Much of Harry’s work has focused on international capacity development around water science. This work has included supporting the translation of innovative water monitoring technologies from research into operational use, the development of a new data sharing policy in the Balkans, the modelling of future water resources in India; international collaborations around seasonal hydrological prediction and the delivery of international training programmes.

Brief CV

Harry has been UKCEH’s Associate Director of International Research and Development since June 2022 responsible for the development and coordination of UKCEH International activities. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. Harry is an experienced science manager with track record of delivering large-scale, complex research and operational projects in the UK and internationally. He has led the development of international multi-disciplinary community knowledge sharing networks, operational delivery national data centres and large research Groups.

Harry has extensive experience engaging with UN and other international organisations on research, policy and capacity development. Harry is a member of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hydrological Coordination Panel, helping deliver the Organization's activities in support of National Hydrological Services and Chairs the Global Hydrometry Support Facility's Advisory Council. Harry acts as Secretary to the UK Committee for International Hydrology (UKCIH), through which he helps coordinate UK input to both the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme of UNESCO and Hydrological Activities of WMO.  Harry works closely with the FCDO, Met Office and UK National Commission for UNESCO and is a Governing Board Member for the University of Dundee's Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Hydrology) The University of Birmingham
  • BSc. (Hons) Geography The University of Birmingham

Work experience

Prior to his current role, between 2016 and 2022 Harry led UKCEH’s Water Resources Systems Group and was latterly Deputy Science Area Head for Water Resources. This large research group delivered projects in the UK and internationally with specialisms in multi-scale catchment modelling, the creation of key hydrological datasets and information management systems, hydrometric monitoring and programme management.

Between 2016 and 2020, Harry was the UK lead for the India-UK Water Centre. He co-led the establishment of the Centre on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) to foster long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses.

Between 2008 and 2016 much of Harry's work surrounded the UK National River Flow Archive (NRFA). He was Head of the NRFA between 2014 and 2016, leading improvements in the data centre’s operational activities as the UK’s national focal point for hydrometric data. He oversaw integration of the UK's flood peak dataset into the NRFA. He is a member of a British Standards Institution (BSi) Hydrometry Committee (CPI/113) and has experience of lead standards development in the areas of precipitation measurement and hydrometric data management. 

Harry joined CEH in 2007 and has worked in a number of roles related to water science. He has a research background in the assessment of hydrological change and a PhD in hydrology from the University of Birmingham.

Panels, committees and memberships

Publications

  • Hannaford, Jamie; McKenzie, Andrew; Dixon, Harry; Fry, Matthew, 2013, [NRFA/NGLA] 30th annual report to the UK Surface and Groundwater Archives Committee: 2012/13.

  • Dixon, Harry; Jenkins, Alan, 2012, National report on IHP related activities for the 20th session of the IHP Intergovernmental Council, Paris, June 2012: United K.

  • Hannaford, Jamie; McKenzie, Andrew; Dixon, Harry; Fry, Matthew, 2012, [NRFA/NGLA] 29th annual report to the UK Surface and Groundwater Archives Committee: 2011/12.

  • Marsh, Terry; Dixon, Harry; Sanderson, Felicity, 2011, Hydrological summary for the United Kingdom: July 2011.

  • Hannaford, Jamie; McKenzie, Andrew; Dixon, Harry; Fry, Matthew; Marsh, Terry, 2011, [NRFA/NGLA] 28th annual report to the UK Surface and Groundwater Archives Committee: 2010/11.

  • Dixon, Harry; Jenkins, Alan, 2010, United Kingdom National Report on IHP related activities for the 19th session of the Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO In.

  • Parry, Simon; Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Gibson, Harry, 2010, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Southern Region - Kent and East Sussex East Area.

  • Parry, Simon; Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Gibson, Harry, 2010, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Southern Region - Kent and East Sussex West Area.

  • Parry, Simon; Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Gibson, Harry, 2010, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Southern Region - Solent and South Downs Area.

  • Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Parry, Simon; Marsh, Terry, 2010, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Southern Region.

  • Hannaford, Jamie; McKenzie, Andrew; Dixon, Harry; Fry, Matthew; Marsh, Terry, 2010, [NRFA/NGLA] 27th annual report to the UK Surface and Groundwater Archives Committee.

  • Rees, Gwyn; Hannaford, Jamie; Dixon, Harry; Fry, Matthew; Marsh, Terry, 2009, [NRFA] 26th report to the Surface and Groundwater Archives Committee.

  • Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Marsh, Terry, 2008, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Wales Region - North Area.

  • Hannaford, Jamie; Dixon, Harry; Marsh, Terry, 2008, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Wales Region.

  • Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Marsh, Terry, 2008, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Wales Region - SW Area.

  • Dixon, Harry; Hannaford, Jamie; Marsh, Terry, 2008, NRFA Hydrometric Data Audit Report: EA Wales Region - SE Area.