Richard J H Dallison

Contact and Websites

Email: r.dallison@bangor.ac.uk
Location: F15c, Thoday Building
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/richard-dallison
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Richard_Dallison

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Geography with International Experience, 1st class (Bangor University)

PhD Subject Area and Supervisor

Climate change impacts on the water industry in Ireland and Wales.
Supervised by Dr. Sopan Patil 

Research Overview

The research I am undertaking is part of the Dŵr Uisce project, a cross boarder project between Bangor University and Trinity Collage Dublin, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme. The Dŵr Uisce project has the overall aim of improving the long-term sustainability of water supply, treatment and end use in (southeast) Ireland and (west) Wales (https://www.dwr-uisce.eu/). My research forms part of work package 7, Climate Change, a work package that cuts across the whole project, both the technological and environmental sides.

During the course of my research I aim to assess how future climate change will affect the quality and quantity of surface water in the Ireland-Wales study area, and the impacts this will have on water service providers in the region. In order to achieve this, I will first assess the current availability of water in the study area, as well as identifying long term trends in climate, river flows, and abstraction volumes. Subsequently, I shall, using a hydrological model, quantify climate change induced alterations in river water quantity and quality, before suggesting cost-effective adaption measures to ensure a resilient water industry in the future. Future publications shall be posted to my Research Gate page, listed above.

Research Interests

  • Climate change impact assessment, adaptions and planning
  • Hydrology
  • Water supply
  • Renewable energy
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Biography

Originally from Staffordshire, England, Richard came to Bangor in 2012 to study for his undergraduate BSc Geography degree. Through the course of his studies many opportunities and roles were successfully undertaken by Richard which have put him in the position he is today. Key among the roles undertaken was a three month internship with a local community owned hydroelectric development on the Afon Anafon above the village of Abergwyngregyn. During his time working on the Anafon Hydro Richard really developed his passion for water, renewable energy and future sustainability; this lead to his dissertation topic, based on the catchment scale GIS identification of potential micro-hydroelectric run-of-river sites. After his final academic year, Richard added a further International Experience year to his degree, where he spent 8 months in the highlands of the Czech Republic on an organic farm. This was a highly varied and very interesting experience, with tasks ranging from the care of the farm's 42 animals; to forestry work in order to gather sufficient wood to heat the farm through winter; to the hand picking, preparation, crushing and pressing of over 2 tonnes of apples juicing and the subsequent pasteurisation and bottling of nearly 1,200 litres of apple juice.

On his return from the Czech Republic Richard began work for the north Wales based Meee Programme, who run workshops on education, employment and enterprise issues; and, amongst other things, help to get the long term unemployed back in to work and school children to make the right choices for them moving forward. Through the completion of meaningful research, data analysis and presentation Richard has helped the company with funding bids and to improve the programme offer and workshop content in its key early development stages.

It is on the back of this research and data analysis role that Richard has now started his PhD position back in Bangor. If you would like more information on Richard's experience, skills or education please follow the link listed above to his LinkedIn profile; or do not hesitate to get in touch by email.