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Remote sensing for drought monitoring & impact assessment: Progress, past challenges and future opportunities (2019)
Journal Article
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2019). Remote sensing for drought monitoring & impact assessment: Progress, past challenges and future opportunities. Remote Sensing of Environment, 232, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2019.111291

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. Drought is a common hydrometeorological phenomenon and a pervasive global hazard. As our climate changes, it is likely that drought events will become more intense and frequent. Effective drought monitoring is therefore critical,... Read More about Remote sensing for drought monitoring & impact assessment: Progress, past challenges and future opportunities.

Re-visioning Geosciences Education: New students, new expectations, new outcomes, new learning (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Horswell, M., West, H., & Quinn, N. (2019, July). Re-visioning Geosciences Education: New students, new expectations, new outcomes, new learning. Paper presented at International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics General Assembly

The international higher educational landscape is characterised by shifting sands, tectonic activity, erosion, deposition, and occasional volcanism. This fluid context arises in response to changes in policy, modes of provision and technology enhance... Read More about Re-visioning Geosciences Education: New students, new expectations, new outcomes, new learning.

SMAP Satellite Soil Moisture Products: a preliminary evaluation against COSMOS-UK estimates in Great Britain (2019)
Presentation / Conference
Quinn, N., Horswell, M., West, H., & Newton, C. (2019, July). SMAP Satellite Soil Moisture Products: a preliminary evaluation against COSMOS-UK estimates in Great Britain. Paper presented at International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics General Assembly

Satellite-based soil moisture monitoring has matured, notably as a result of the Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) missions. Whilst spatial resolutions fall short of those ideal for field-scale monitoring, th... Read More about SMAP Satellite Soil Moisture Products: a preliminary evaluation against COSMOS-UK estimates in Great Britain.

Spatial variations in the relationship between precipitation and streamflow in Great Britain (2019)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2019, July). Spatial variations in the relationship between precipitation and streamflow in Great Britain. Paper presented at International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics General Assembly

Using the latest available hydro-meteorological datasets from the RCUK Droughts & Water Scarcity Programme, this paper aims to examine the relationship between precipitation and streamflow in 293 catchments across Great Britain (for the period Jan 19... Read More about Spatial variations in the relationship between precipitation and streamflow in Great Britain.

Regional rainfall response to the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) across Great Britain (2019)
Journal Article
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2019). Regional rainfall response to the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) across Great Britain. Hydrology Research, 50(6), 1549-1563. https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2019.015

© IWA Publishing 2019. The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) has been long studied as the primary teleconnection affecting the British and European climate. However, previous studies have focused on extremes or have been spatially and temporally limit... Read More about Regional rainfall response to the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) across Great Britain.

A space-time geostatistical approach to exploring the stationarity of North Atlantic oscillation driven wet/dry conditions in Great Britain (2019)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2019, April). A space-time geostatistical approach to exploring the stationarity of North Atlantic oscillation driven wet/dry conditions in Great Britain. Paper presented at European Geosciences Union General Assembly

The North Atlantic Oscillation Index (NAOI) characterises the variability of the North Atlantic jet stream, and as the primary teleconnection affecting British climate, has been well studied. However, the spatio-temporal influence of the NAO on the w... Read More about A space-time geostatistical approach to exploring the stationarity of North Atlantic oscillation driven wet/dry conditions in Great Britain.

Examining spatial variations in the utility of SPI as a 1 to 3 month-ahead streamflow indicator (2019)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2019, March). Examining spatial variations in the utility of SPI as a 1 to 3 month-ahead streamflow indicator. Poster presented at UK Drought & Water Scarcity Conference: Addressing Current & Future Challenges

Droughts are a common meteorological phenomenon and a significant natural hazard. Despite this we lack a common understanding of the definition of a drought event and a detailed understanding of drought onset and termination. In its simplest form how... Read More about Examining spatial variations in the utility of SPI as a 1 to 3 month-ahead streamflow indicator.

Demystifying academics to enhance university--business collaborations in environmental science (2019)
Journal Article
Hillier, J. K., Saville, G. R., Smith, M. J., Scott, A. J., Raven, E. K., Gascoigne, J., …Craig, J. (in press). Demystifying academics to enhance university--business collaborations in environmental science. Geoscience Communication, 2(1), 1-23. https://doi.org/10.5194/gc-2-1-2019

In countries globally there is intense political interest in fostering effective university–business collaborations, but there has been scant attention devoted to exactly how an individual scientist's workload (i.e. specified tasks) and incentive str... Read More about Demystifying academics to enhance university--business collaborations in environmental science.

Environmental reporting disclosure in South Africa: A comparative study of the expectations of selected groups of preparers and users (2019)
Journal Article
Quinn, N. W., Mitchell, C. G., & Quinn, N. (2019). Environmental reporting disclosure in South Africa: A comparative study of the expectations of selected groups of preparers and users. Meditari Accountancy Research, 13(2), 17-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/10222529200500010

© 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited. This study measures and compares the expectations of two different groups – the first is selected preparers of environmental reports (ERs) in South Africa (companies and professional environmental consultants... Read More about Environmental reporting disclosure in South Africa: A comparative study of the expectations of selected groups of preparers and users.

Comparison of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 in assessing vegetation response to soil moisture variation in droughty environments (2018)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., Horswell, M., & White, P. (2018, September). Comparison of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 in assessing vegetation response to soil moisture variation in droughty environments. Poster presented at India-UK Water Centre - Advancing Drought Monitoring, Prediction and Management Capabilities Workshop

The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which Sentinel-2 Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) reflects soil moisture conditions, and whether this product offers an improvement over Landsat-8. Based on drought exposure, cloud-fre... Read More about Comparison of Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 in assessing vegetation response to soil moisture variation in droughty environments.

The spatial signature of the North Atlantic Oscillation in monthly rainfall patterns in Great Britain (1899/1900-2014/2015) (2018)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., & Horswell, M. (2018, September). The spatial signature of the North Atlantic Oscillation in monthly rainfall patterns in Great Britain (1899/1900-2014/2015). Poster presented at British Hydrological Society National Symposium

Although some studies have shown the influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) on rainfall in Great Britain, these have focussed on wet extremes rather than the full wet-dry continuum. They have also been based on either analysis of a limited... Read More about The spatial signature of the North Atlantic Oscillation in monthly rainfall patterns in Great Britain (1899/1900-2014/2015).

Assessing vegetation response to soil moisture fluctuation under extreme drought using sentinel-2 (2018)
Journal Article
West, H., Quinn, N., Horswell, M., & White, P. (2018). Assessing vegetation response to soil moisture fluctuation under extreme drought using sentinel-2. Water, 10(7), 838. https://doi.org/10.3390/w10070838

© 2018 by the authors. The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which Sentinel-2 Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) reflects soil moisture conditions, and whether this product offers an improvement over Landsat-8. Based on drou... Read More about Assessing vegetation response to soil moisture fluctuation under extreme drought using sentinel-2.

Performance of Sentinel-2 NDVI for assessing the relationship between vegetation and soil moisture under extreme drought conditions (2018)
Presentation / Conference
West, H., Quinn, N., Horswell, M., & White, P. (2018, April). Performance of Sentinel-2 NDVI for assessing the relationship between vegetation and soil moisture under extreme drought conditions. Poster presented at European Geosciences Union General Assembly

Initial indications are that the enhanced spatial and spectral resolution of Sentinel-2 would allow for better assess- ment of vegetation condition, and consequently improved application in conditions of moisture deficit/drought. Although NDVI and ot... Read More about Performance of Sentinel-2 NDVI for assessing the relationship between vegetation and soil moisture under extreme drought conditions.

A systems approach to risk and resilience analysis in the woody-biomass sector: A case study of the failure of the South African wood pellet industry (2017)
Journal Article
Guilfoyle, M. J., Kotze, D. C., Quinn, N. W., Bowd, R., Quinn, N., Kotze, D., & Guilfoyle, M. (2018). A systems approach to risk and resilience analysis in the woody-biomass sector: A case study of the failure of the South African wood pellet industry. Biomass and Bioenergy, 108, 126-137. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.032

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd Currently more than 600 million of the 800 million people in SSA are without electricity, and it is estimated that an additional 2500 GW of power is required by 2030. Although the woody-biomass market in the developed world is rel... Read More about A systems approach to risk and resilience analysis in the woody-biomass sector: A case study of the failure of the South African wood pellet industry.

‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital (2017)
Journal Article
McEwen, L., Holmes, A., Quinn, N., & Cobbing, P. (2018). ‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 27, 329-342. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.10.018

© 2017 Elsevier Ltd The role of civil agency in preparing and adapting to changing risk is an increasingly critical element within devolved local flood risk management. However, effective civil agency for flood resilience needs to draw on, and if nec... Read More about ‘Learning for resilience’: Developing community capital through flood action groups in urban flood risk settings with lower social capital.

Extreme multi-basin flooding linked with extra-tropical cyclones (2017)
Journal Article
De Luca, P., Hillier, J. K., Wilby, R. L., Quinn, N. W., & Harrigan, S. (2017). Extreme multi-basin flooding linked with extra-tropical cyclones. Environmental Research Letters, 12(11), https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa868e

© 2017 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd. Fluvial floods are typically investigated as 'events' at the single basin-scale, hence flood management authorities may underestimate the threat of flooding across multiple basins driven by large... Read More about Extreme multi-basin flooding linked with extra-tropical cyclones.

As the climate changes: Intergenerational action-based learning in relation to flood education (2016)
Journal Article
McEwen, L. J., Williams, S., McEwen, L., & Quinn, N. (2017). As the climate changes: Intergenerational action-based learning in relation to flood education. Journal of Environmental Education, 48(3), 154-171. https://doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2016.1256261

© 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. It is a concern that children represent an under-researched group in flood education and preparedness because as adults they are more likely to experience flooding as the climate changes, and because it suggests... Read More about As the climate changes: Intergenerational action-based learning in relation to flood education.

Toward an analytical framework for understanding complex socialecological systems when conducting environmental impact assessments in South Africa (2015)
Journal Article
Kotze, D. C., Quinn, N. W., Bowd, R., Quinn, N., & Kotze, D. (2015). Toward an analytical framework for understanding complex socialecological systems when conducting environmental impact assessments in South Africa. Ecology and Society, 20(1), https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-07057-200141

© 2015 by the author(s). Consideration of biophysical impacts has historically dominated environmental impact assessment (EIA) practice. Despite the emergence of social impact assessment, the consideration of socioeconomic impacts in EIA is variable,... Read More about Toward an analytical framework for understanding complex socialecological systems when conducting environmental impact assessments in South Africa.