Potato grower

The D-Risk webtool was developed with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (grant reference NE/N017471/1), building on research from the ‘Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of droughts and water Scarcity’ (MaRIUS) project (NE/L010364/1; NE/L010186/1; NE/L010208/1 and NE/L010399/1) as part of the Drought and Water Scarcity Programme.

Cranfield University is the UK’s only postgraduate university and 81% of our research was assessed as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF). We are ranked in the top five UK universities for commercial income for research. Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI) has built an international reputation for its transformational research in the sciences, engineering and management of water.

Within CWSI, the Water for Food research group focuses on the science, engineering and management of water resources for agriculture. We conduct research in the interphase between water availability, agricultural productivity and environment under a context of climate change and food security and the need for sustainable agricultural practices. We explore how agricultural systems respond to climate change, drought and water scarcity, from regional to continental scale, evaluating the financial impacts of natural hazards on agriculture. We also support farmer and agribusiness decision-making processes in water management.

The development team also acknowledges the collaboration and insightful input of Andrew Blenkiron, Andrew Francis, Tim Jolly, Lyndsay Hargreaves, Paul Hammett and Melvyn Kay.

Development team:

Prof Ian Holman

(Professor of Integrated Land and Water Management)

Ian leads the Catchment Management research group within CWSI and is the Cranfield Principle Investigator for the MaRIUS, HistoricDroughts and AboutDrought projects. His research focusses on understanding the effects of interactions between land management, soil properties and weather on soil degradation, agricultural yields,hydrological response and water quality, under current and future conditions.

Prof Jerry Knox

(Professor of Agricultural Water Management)

Jerry has 25 years international research experience in the science, engineering and management of water resources for agriculture, including assessing the relationships between water resources, drought, agricultural productivity and the environment, and the sustainability of irrigation in the context of climate change impacts and food security. His research interests are in biophysical and water resource modelling, precision irrigation, and climate adaptation in agriculture. In 2018 he led the agriculture component of the flagship Water Resources East (WRE) project and is currently involved in NERC research investigating drought impacts o agriculture and BBSRC funded research on water risks and resilience in the UK fresh fruit and vegetable system. Since 1997 he has been a Director and Honorary Secretary of the UK Irrigation Association (UKIA).

Dr David Haro-Monteagudo

(Research Fellow in Agricultural Water Management)

David has experience in data analysis, modelling of water resources systems and catchment hydrology, public participation in decision making, climate change adaptation and decision support systems. As research fellow in agricultural water management at Cranfield University, David is involved in several consultancy and UKRC funded projects on assessment of future agricultural demand in the UK, evaluation of measures for risk reduction in irrigated agriculture, modelling of pollutants concentration on agricultural run-off, and the evaluation of the resilience of UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain.

Dr Lamprini Papadimitriou

(Research Fellow in Climate Change Adaptation)

Lamprini has experience in large- and basin- scale hydrological modelling, integrated modelling, climate change impacts and adaptation studies and a background on engineering and water resources management. As a research fellow at Cranfield University, Lamprini has been involved in several EU and UKRC funded projects, including projects on assessing drought risk for agriculture, planning for sustainable irrigated agriculture, and evaluating the resilience of UK’s fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain.

Mr Michael Redman

(Web Developer)

Mick has been Working in IT for over 23 years within the public and private sector. In his early career he worked on the first ground breaking internet banking solution for First Direct. He provided and delivered demo sites to the the British Prime Minister and Cabinet. He created web applications for both Cranfield University and Effective Web Designs Ltd.