CCN Annual Conference Series



CCN 2012 International Conference

Lancaster University Management School, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

25th June – 27th June 2012

Over the last three years the Catchment Change Network (CCN) has organised a programme of workshops and meetings to discuss and develop guidelines for incorporating risk and uncertainty into the management of catchment change in the areas of flood risk, water scarcity and diffuse pollution. This final international conference presented the progress made in CCN and other projects during this time.  A particular focus was on the research needs in both modelling the impacts of change at scales of implementation and on stakeholder involvement in the management process.

The conference brought together over 70 delegates from academic, commercial, regulatory and NGO sectors for three days of inspirational presentations and lively discussions. Speakers presentations are now available to view (below).

CCN 2012 International Conference Programme including Abstracts

Delegate List


Session1 – Monday 25th June


1. Introduction and welcome

Keith Beven, Lancaster University, UK

2. Keeping it real for agricultural stakeholders in catchment research programmes

Phil Jordan1 and Mark Treacy2

1 University of Ulster, Northern Ireland

2 Teagasc, Republic of Ireland

 3. Developing a plan for the Eden Catchment: inspiration – engagement – participation – co-ordination

Simon Johnson, Eden Rivers Trust, UK

4. Defra catchment-based approach: emerging findings, support requirements and knowledge exchange

Kieran Conlan, Cascade Consulting, Manchester, UK

5. Who are the water managers? Community catchment management at Loweswater

Lisa Norton, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Lancaster, UK

6. Using experiential knowledge in river management decision making, and the impact of scale on its effectiveness

Carly Maynard, Durham University, UK

7. Bridging the gap between hydrological science and water management

Lotta Andersson, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden

8. Integrating Bayesian inference techniques with integrated catchment modelling

George B. Arhonditsis, University of Toronto, Canada


Session 2 – Tuesday 26th June


1. Policy into practice in adapting catchment management to climate change

Julian Wright, Environment Agency, UK

 2. Piloting adaptive catchment management through stakeholder deliberation and co-production of knowledge

Laurence Smith, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK

 3. A catchment scientist’s view and experience of management, political and social science methods to support good practice in stakeholder involvement in managing catchment change

Kit Macleod, The James Hutton Institute, UK

 4. Towards a climate impacts report card for future flood risk in the UK

Rob Wilby, Loughborough University, UK

 5. Carry on up the catchment: collaborating and communicating?

John Fox1 and Phil Haygarth2

1 Dead Good Guides, Cumbria, UK

2 Lancaster University, UK


Session 3 – Tuesday 26th June


6. Hyper-Resolution, global land surface modelling: are there pathways for addressing this need and will such models improve predictive capabilities?

Eric F. Wood, Princeton University, USA

7. Grand challenges in hydrology and hyper-resolved ignorance

Keith Beven, Lancaster University, UK

8. Modelling water resources at continental scales

Ad De-Roo, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy and Utrecht University, the Netherlands

9. Complementing Hyper-Resolved Modelling by uncertainty analysis: land surface parameter experiments with the coupled ECMWF seasonal forecasting system

Florian Pappenberger, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, UK

 10. Why improved predictions with Hyper-Resolution models are possible: a data assimilation viewpoint

Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

11. A pilot Virtual Observatory (pVO) for integrated catchment science – demonstration of national scale modelling of hydrology and biogeochemistry

Jim Freer and the EVOp Team, University of Bristol, UK


Session 4 – Wednesday 27th June


 1. Changing catchments, changing contexts: the water industry in 2025 and 2050

Adrian McDonald, University of Leeds, UK

2. Managing risk and uncertainty within the water industry – an economic regulator’s view

Martin Furness, Ofwat, UK

3. Dissemination and uptake of EC Framework Programme water research results

Kerry Thomas, University of Oxford, UK

4. Redundant information in the rainfall-runoff relationship

Georges-Marie Saulnier, Université de Savoie, France

5. Trading-space-for-time to link hydrologic predictions in past, present and future

Thorsten Wagener, University of Bristol, UK and Pennsylvania State University, USA


The CCN 2012 International Conference was followed immediately by the GLUE Celebratory workshop.


GLUE: 20 years on

Celebratory Workshop

Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

27th June – 28th June 2012

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first GLUE (Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation) paper by Beven and Binley in 1992 and has, in addition, just passed 1000 citations on the Web of Science. The GLUE methodology has been controversial; viewed by some as simply wrong, by others as an earlier version of Approximate Bayesian Computation, and by others as a useful way of trying to reflect the impacts of epistemic errors on complex error structures in environmental modelling. This workshop will review the way in which the GLUE controversy has illuminated the debate about how to assess uncertainty in environmental models, the philosophy that underlies the GLUE methodology and examples of using GLUE in practice.

‘GLUE: 20 years on’ Programme including Abstracts

Delegate List

GLUE presentations are now available on-line.


Guidelines for good practice as a way of encouraging stakeholder involvement across catchment management

CCN 2011 Conference 

Tuesday 5th July 2011

Looking forward, catchment management will need to rely more heavily on multi-stakeholder collaboration and communication for success. Our second CCN Annual Conference  on 5th July 2011 at the Arup Campus was designed to examine how Guidelines could represent a useful tool to encourage stakeholder participation across catchments.

Invited presentations will gave delegates a unique opportunity to learn how a range of organisations and initiatives are optimising success. Case studies identified the challenges, opportunities and lessons learned.

Presentations from the event are available to view

Michael Winter and Rob Fish (University of Exeter)
The ecosystem services approach: threat or opportunity to participatory catchment management

Jon Wicks (Halcrow)
Structured guidelines for good practice in flood risk mapping

Kirsty Blackstock (The James Hutton Institute)
What makes for successful stakeholder involvement? Lessons learned from Scotland

David Schofield (Arup)
Learning stakeholder engagement lessons from The American Way

Sustainable Drainage Systems: a mission to the USA  A DTI Global Watch Mission Report (March 2006)

Jennine Jonczyk (Newcastle University)
Flood and diffuse pollution management using a catchment engineering approach with stakeholders in Belford Burn, Northumberland

Stefan Eppert (RMS)
Flood modelling uncertainties from an insurance industry stakeholder perspective

Nigel Watson (Lancaster University)
Designing participatory processes: difficulties, dilemmas and solutions

Nick Odoni (Bristol University)
Stakeholder contribution and conflict in Pickering, North Yorkshire: trying to reconcile science with project delivery in a pilot flood risk management scheme

Adrian McDonald (Leeds University)
Influencing the biggest stakeholder, the customer: towards demand management guidelines and positions


Managing an uncertain future: identifying needs and opportunities for sustainable adaptation in catchment management

CCN 2010 Conference 

Tuesday 6th July 2010

Our first CCN Annual Conference was held at the Lancaster Environment Centre on Tuesday 6th July 2010 and attracted over 90 delegates with interests and responsibilities across catchment management.

The meeting was designed to take forward the debate around catchment management in an uncertain future and explore challenges and opportunities for research to fill current gaps. It summarised key elements of the CCN ongoing Workshop Programme across flood risk, water scarcity and water quality and outlined progress on the guidance documentation that each of these areas are producing. Keith Beven has added a personal reflection of the CCN Conference as a blog item within our ‘Catchment Conversations’.

Presentations from the meeting are available to view

Phil Haygarth (LEC) Future Change and Diffuse Pollution- challenges, gaps and opportunities

Enda O’Connell (Newcastle) Water Resources Assessment in a Changing Climate – moving towards a more risk-based approach

Keith Beven (LEC)  Developing Guidelines for Managing Uncertainty in Flood Risk

Jim Hall (The UK Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) on Climate Change) Key uncertainties for adaptation decision makers

Robert Willows (Environment Agency) Compelling evidence plus ambition threatened by uncertainty and denial

John Rees ( NERC Theme Leader – Natural Hazards) Challenges in Catchment Science: A Natural Hazard Perspective

Martin Furness (Ofwat) Catchment Management in AMP 5 and the way forward-a Regulator’s view

Kieran Conlan (Cascade Consulting)  Emerging themes from water industry AMP5 investigations – where is the supporting scientific evidence?

Bob Harris (DTC Secretariat) Demonstration Test Catchments: building our capacity for catchment management