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Jamie Hannaford

 Name: Jamie Hannaford


Age range: 30-35

Research institution: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Wallingford

Research career length: 12 Years

Research Council:
Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Location: Wallingford, England

Salary: 35–39k

Brief summary of research: My main research interest is examining hydrological change in the UK and Europe – I assess the evidence for long-term changes in flooding and droughts, and whether climate change is influencing the hydrological cycle.

School qualifications:
A-levels: Geography, History, Physics

Qualifications post-school:
Bsc (hons) in Geography, University of Plymouth

Career path:
1 year postgraduate research at Leeds University studying flood generation in semi-arid environments
1 year as soil physicist working for Sports Turf Research Institute, Bingley, W. Yorks
11 years working as a hydrologist for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Hydrologists study the water system and Jamie Hannaford manages the UK’s main database on river flow information. By analysing and interpreting data collected from across the UK, Jamie can determine if the frequency of droughts and floods is rising or falling, if there are links between climate change and extreme flooding, and begin to predict the long-term changes to the freshwater environment in the UK.

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