Academic Profile

Simon Dadson is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography and a Fellow of Christ Church. Simon's research focuses on the processes that link climate, hydrology, and geomorphology. These links range from the potential impacts of future climate change on river flows, to the study of how continental-scale weather patterns have influenced the development of mountain topography over the past few million years. Prior to arriving at the School of Geography and Environment, Simon was a Senior Environmental Modeller at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford where he remains a CEH Fellow.

Current Research

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Selected Research Projects

  • REACH: Improving water security for the poor
    Financial support from DFID (2015-2022; Co-I).
  • Future Resilience for African CiTies And Lands (FRACTAL)
    Financial support from Natural Environment Research Council (2015-2019).
  • Influence of lake and wetland climate feedbacks on African hydroclimate
    Financial support from The Leverhulme Trust (2015-2018).
  • MaRIUS: Managing the Risks, Impacts and Uncertainties of droughts and water Scarcity
    Financial support from the Natural Environment Research Council (2014-2017; Co-I).
  • Changes in urbanisation and its effects on water quantity and quality from local to regional scale.
    Financial support from the Natural Environment Research Council (2013-2016)
  • Attributing impacts of external climate drivers on extreme weather in Africa.
    Financial support from the Natural Environment Research Council (2013-2018).
  • Piloting innovative computational technologies for multi-scale water resources assessment, management and engineering.
    Financial support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (2012-2013).
  • Changing Land-Atmosphere Feedbacks in Tropical African Wetlands
    Financial support from the Natural Environment Research Council (2011-2014).
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Soil Erosion, Sediment Transport and Carbon in the UK and Europe.
    In collaboration with University of Leeds and University of Exeter; Financial support from the Natural Environment Research Council (2007-2010).
  • Effects of Climate Change on Snow Hydrology in the Alps.
    In collaboration with Technische Universität, Wien; Financial support from the British Council (2007-2008).
  • Wetland Inundation Dynamics in the JULES land-surface Model.
    Financial support from European Commission, WATCH (2007-2009)
  • Grid-based River Flow Modelling for Application in a Regional Climate Model.
    Financial support from Met Office (2005-2010)
  • Erosion of an Active Mountain Belt: Erosion, Runoff variability, and Seismicity in Taiwan.
    Financial support from NERC; Royal Society; Geological Society of America; NASA (2000-2004)


Simon teaches physical geography at Christ Church.

Current Graduate Research Students

Franziska Gaupp

The global impact of droughts on agricultural production

Sarah O'Keefe

Climate Scenarios for Water Security in Developing Regions

Homero Paltan Lopez

Sensitivity of freshwater to climate variability

Ranu Sinha

Pathways to Water Security: Evaluating the impacts of irrigation investments in Madhya Pradesh, India

Selected Publications