Water research at the University of Glasgow

Dr Rhian Thomas

Dr Rhian Thomas

I use cellular automata modelling to understand flow, sediment transport and vegetation interactions of braided rivers. I research the impacts of man’s activity on the hydrological cycle. Two examples are:

  1. the impact of flow regulation on aquatic communities, particularly the endangered freshwater pearl mussel (Margaritifera margaritifera)
  2. the impact of climate change on human health, both directly as a result of changes to the hydrological cycle and extreme events, and indirectly due to changes in the distribution of infectious diseases, such as malaria, leptospirosis and rift valley fever adapt. I am developing the approach of landscape epidemiology to identify the spatial and temporal distribution of disease risk.

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