Nadeem Shah, BSc, MSc, PhD

Hydrologist

 

Email: nadeem.shah@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 5900
Tel direct: +44 (0)300 067 5983
Fax: +44 (0)131 445 5124

Address:
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Roslin
Midlothian EH25 9SY
UK

Nadeem graduated with a BSc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Glasgow. He was awarded an MSc (Res) and a PhD on the Natural Attenuation of Contaminants in Groundwater by the University of Sheffield where he also completed a postdoctoral research project combining elements of hydrology, geochemistry and subsurface microbiology. Nadeem joined FR in 2008.

Current role

Hydrologist

Nadeem's research focuses on the effects of forestry on the water environment with the over-arching aim of protecting and enhancing water quality and resources.

In a general sense the research is concerned with forest-water interactions and the function of trees in the hydrological cycle. More specifically it is about the hydrochemical changes associated with forest operations such as planting and felling, both in terms of negative impacts but also the benefits that woodlands bring to the water environment. The work links to international focus areas within integrated catchment management including diffuse pollution mitigation, peatland restoration and natural flood management.

In addition to the applied research, Nadeem has a number of projects with academic partners conducting basic research that aims to improve our understanding of natural processes in forested environments, particularly in relation to the hydrological and global biogeochemical cycles.

The provision of forests and water related advice to government agencies, academic institutions, research providers and industry is a key component of his work.

Current projects

Nadeem is the project leader on the following studies:

  • The role of woodland in mitigating diffuse pollution and flood risk
  • The effects of peatland restoration by clearfelling on water quality
  • The effects of short rotation forestry on water quality and quantity
  • The long term impact of conifer afforestation in on water quality and ecology
  • The effects of peatland deforestation and in-situ forest materials on water quality
    Project leader collaborating with Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and FCS 
  • The effects of aerial and hand fertiliser applications on water quality in sub-catchments of the River Oykel and Loch Shin
    Project leader collaborating with SEPA and FCS 
  • The impact of forestry on colour, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and manganese in drinking water
    Project leader working with Scottish Water 
  • The effects of forest operations on sediment and nutrient delivery to watercourses.
    Project leader working with FCS across Forest Districts. 
  • The effects or riparian planting flood flows – The Eddleston Project
    Assisting the project leader with site management and liaison with partners.
  • Impacts of Nitrogen Deposition on the Forest and Carbon Cycle
    Collaborating with the University of Edinburgh
  • The hydrological impacts of forest to bog restoration
    Collaborating with the University of Leeds
  • Forest hydrology

Affiliations and responsibilites

  • Member of the British Hydrological Society
  • Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences
  • Member of Forestry Commission’s Forests and Water Guidelines Review Group

Main recent publications and knowledge exchange activities

Peer reviewed journal articles

Archer, N. A. L., Otten, W., Schmidt, S., Bengough, A. G., Shah, N. and Bonell, M. (2015). Water storage and infiltration rates below ancient forest, planted forest, and grassland in the context of natural flood management. Ecohydrology, Vol 9 (4), 585-600.

Drew, S., Waldron, S., Gilvear, D., Grieve I., Armstrong, A., Bragg, O. Brewis, F., Cooper, M., Dargie, T., Duncan, C., Harris, L., Wilson, L., McIver, C., Padfield, R. and Shah, N. (2013) The price of knowledge in the knowledge economy: Should development of peatland in the UK support a research levy? Land Use Policy, 32, 50–60.

Thornton, S. F., Bottrell, S. H., Spence, K. H., Pickup, R., Spence, M. J., Shah, N., Mallinson, H. E.H. and Richnow H. H. (2011). Assessment of MTBE biodegradation in contaminated groundwater using 13C and 14C analysis: Field and laboratory microcosm studies. Applied Geochemistry, 26, 828–837.

Shah, N.W., Thornton, S. F., Bottrell, S. H. and Spence, M. J. (2009). Biodegradation potential of MTBE in a fractured chalk aquifer under aerobic conditions in long-term uncontaminated and contaminated aquifer microcosms. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 103, 119–133.

FC and FR publications including official statistics

Shah, N.W. and Nisbet, T.R. (2017) The effects of forest felling on water quality in sub-catchments of Loch Shiel – update report. Forest Research.

Shah, N.W. and Nisbet, T.R. (2015). The effects of aerial and hand fertiliser applications on water quality in sub-catchments of the River Oykel and Loch Shin – update report. Forest Research.

Broadmeadow, S., Shah, N. and Nisbet, T. (2014) Opportunity mapping for woodland creation to improve water quality and reduce flood risk in the Diffuse Pollution Priority Catchments of the Central and South Scotland, Perth and Argyll, and Grampian Conservancies. Forest Research.

Broadmeadow, S. Thomas, H., Shah, N. and Nisbet, T. (2013) Opportunity mapping for woodland creation to improve water quality and reduce flood risk in the River Tay catchment - a pilot for Scotland. Forest research report to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Forestry Commission Scotland. Forest Research.

Nisbet, T., Silgram, M., Shah, N., Morrow, K., and Broadmeadow, S. (2011). Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives (PDF-1912K). Forest Research Monograph, 4, Forest Research, Surrey, 156pp.

Tom Nisbet, Martyn Silgram, Nadeem Shah, Katrina Morrow, Samantha Broadmeadow (2011). Woodland for Water: Woodland measures for meeting Water Framework Directive objectives (PDF-1440K). Summary report. Environment Agency, Bristol.

Tom Nisbet, Huw Thomas and Nadeem Shah. Short Rotation forestry and Water. In: McKay, H. (ed.) (2011). Short Rotation Forestry: review of growth and environmental impacts (PDF-3255K). Forest Research Monograph, 2, Forest Research, Surrey, 212pp.

Scientific conferences: presentations or posters

The Flow Country Conference, Thurso, 2017. Oral presentation on ‘The effects of peatland deforestation on water quality’ and a poster presentation.

SRUC and SEPA conference 2016 - Agriculture and the Environment XI. What Future for our Farming Systems? Environmental Challenges and Integrated Solutions. Oral presentation on ‘Using woodland to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution in future farming systems.’

The Flow Country Conference, Thurso, 2015. Oral presentation on ‘The Effects of Conifer Afforestation on a Sensitive Freshwater System – the Upper Halladale Catchment’.

IFM Specialist Conference 2015. Forestry and Fisheries – Where Next? Penrith. Oral presentation on ‘The Effects of Conifer Afforestation on a Sensitive Freshwater System – the Upper Halladale Catchment’.

EGU 2014: European Geosciences Union General (EGU) Assembly, Vienna, 2014. Oral presentation at this international conference on our Halladale experiment entitled ‘The short and long term effects of conifer afforestation on a sensitive freshwater system.’

Scottish Hydrology Group, Royal Overseas League, Edinburgh, 2014. Invited speaker for oral presentation on ‘The Wid and the Watter: Trees, diffuse pollution and WFD objectives.’

UK Forest Products Association (UKFPA) Forests and Water Seminar, Stirling, 2014. Oral presentation on ‘Forest-water interactions: long term research studies’.

Upland Hydrology in the UK, University of Leeds, 2014. Oral presentation on ‘The Effects of Conifer Afforestation on a Sensitive Freshwater System: The Upper Halladale Catchment.’

TRIWA III meeting, Brora, 2014. Oral presentation to forestry and environment protection agency representatives from Sweden and Finland on ‘The long-term effects of conifer afforestation on water quality - the River Halladale catchment.’

Loch Lomond and Trossachs Research Group Seminar, University of Glasgow, 2011. Invited speaker. Oral presentation on ‘Woodlands and Water: Diffuse pollution mitigation and sustainable flood management.’

Carbon Landscapes and Drainage (CLAD) AGM, Glasgow, 2011. Invited speaker; oral presentation on ‘Flanders Moss: The effects of bog restoration on drainage water chemistry.’

Workshop organisation

Acidification workshop at NRS in November 2010 bringing together leading representatives from research organisations, fisheries groups, and the FC to discuss the review of the Water Guidelines and development of a practice guide on acidification.

ForeStClim workshop in February 2010 bringing together six UK partners to discuss progress on this 11 million euro EU INTERREG IVB project.

Project reports

Shah, N.W. and Broadmeadow, S. (2010). Hydrological Benefits. In: Forest Research (2010). Benefits of green infrastructure (PDF-1211K). Report to Defra and CLG. Forest Research, Farnham.