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Dr Donna Carless

Research Fellow

 

Overview

Qualifications

PhD in Carbon Storage in Organic Soils: Carbon stocks and accumulation rates in raised bogs of the Brecon Beacons National Park (BBNP), South Wales (Swansea University, 2015)

MSc in Environmental Dynamics and Climatic Change (Swansea University, 2011) 

Research

Research interests

I am currently employed within the  CREWW Upstream Thinking programme: 

The research project aims to understand and quantify the change brought about through the Upstream Thinking programme, South West Water’s catchment management initiative. Our work focuses on 9 catchments throughout Devon and Cornwall in the South West of England, all having different water quality issues. These include a combination of the following: dissolved organic carbon and colour, turbidity, pesticides or reservoir eutrophication through the input of nutrients.

Using a bespoke monitoring approach for each site, the project aims are threefold:

  • Map and characterise the extent of Upstream Thinking interventions aiming at reducing pollution
  • Monitor water quality change at water treatment works (WTWs) level; this is done by using a combination of continuous data collected by SWW, or through in situ monitoring of streams.
  • Link water quality change to the water treatment process in order to understand the financial impact of improved water quality

Research projects

I was previously employed within the SWEEP programme: 

The South West Partnership for Environment & Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) is a new initiative that will help deliver economic and community benefits to the South West, whilst also protecting and enhancing the area's natural resources.

working on:

Whole Catchment Water Management - Building evidence for a regional (whole catchment) based approach for water management.

The project is helping to develop an understanding of catchment management, opportunities and challenges within the South West. Our research has supported South West Water’s catchment management business planning and preparation of the PR19 submission to Ofwat, including catchment case studies, mapping and GIS analysis and a Natural Capital assessment of catchment management interventions delivered though Upstream Thinking. In Phase 2 we aim to develop a geospatial decision support system to co-ordinate activities, characterise change and assess success of interventions delivered for water quality and quantity and apply existing knowledge and research to further understand and build evidence for future catchment and environmental land management.The project is helping to develop an understanding of catchment management, opportunities and challenges within the South West. Our research has supported South West Water’s catchment management business planning and preparation of the PR19 submission to Ofwat, including catchment case studies, mapping and GIS analysis and a Natural Capital assessment of catchment management interventions delivered though Upstream Thinking. In Phase 2 we aim to develop a geospatial decision support system to co-ordinate activities, characterise change and assess success of interventions delivered for water quality and quantity and apply existing knowledge and research to further understand and build evidence for future catchment and environmental land management.

Previoius projects:

SWEEP 009 (Phase 1) Whole catchment management and, 

SWEEP 009 (Phase 2) Developing a geospatial decision support system to characterise change, assess success of interventions for water quality (and quantity) in SW catchments. https://sweep.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/009-Impact-Summary.pdf

SWEEP 023 Woodlands to Moorlands - Using emerging, high temporal and spatial resolution satellite data (Sentinel 2) to map habitat type and change across Dartmoor National Park. https://sweep.ac.uk/portfolios/habitat-mapping/

Publications

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Brown A, Webber J, Zonneveld S, Carless D, Jackson B, Artioli Y, Miller P, Holmyard J, Baker-Austin C, Kershaw S, et al (In Press). Stakeholder perspectives on the importance of water quality and other constraints for sustainable mariculture. Environmental Science and Policy, 1-37.
Luscombe DJ, Gatis N, Anderson K, Carless D, Brazier RE (2023). Rapid, repeatable landscape-scale mapping of tree, hedgerow, and woodland habitats (THaW), using airborne LiDAR and spaceborne SAR data. Ecol Evol, 13(5). Abstract.  Author URL.
Gatis N, Carless D, Luscombe DJ, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2022). An operational land cover and land cover change toolbox: processing open‐source data with open‐source software. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 3(3).
Carless D, Kulessa B, Booth AD, Drocourt Y, Sinnadurai P, Street-Perrott FA, Jansson P (2021). An integrated geophysical and GIS based approach improves estimation of peatland carbon stocks. Geoderma, 402 Abstract.
Webber JL, Tyler CR, Carless D, Jackson B, Tingley D, Stewart-Sinclair P, Artioli Y, Torres R, Galli G, Miller PI, et al (2021). Impacts of land use on water quality and the viability of bivalve shellfish mariculture in the UK: a case study and review for SW England. Environmental Science & Policy, 126, 122-131.
Carless D, Luscombe DJ, Gatis N, Anderson K, Brazier RE (2019). Mapping landscape-scale peatland degradation using airborne lidar and multispectral data. Landscape Ecology, 34, 1329-1345.
Bateman IJ, Sterner T, Barbier E, van den Bijgaart I, Crepin A-S, Edenhofer O, Fischer C, Habla W, Hassler J, Johansson-Stenman O, et al (2019). Policy design for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability, 2, 14-21.
Gallego-Sala AV, Charman D, Brewer S, Page SE, Prentice IC, Friedlingstein P, Moreton S, Amesbury MJ, Beilman DW, Björck S, et al (2018). Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8, 907-913.
Gatis N, Luscombe D, Carless D, Parry L, Fyfe R, Harrod T, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2018). Mapping upland peat depth using airborne radiometric and lidar survey data. Geoderma, 335, 78-89. Abstract.
Puttock A, Brazier R, Graham H, Carless D (2018). Sediment and nutrient storage in a beaver engineered wetland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

Publications by year


In Press

Brown A, Webber J, Zonneveld S, Carless D, Jackson B, Artioli Y, Miller P, Holmyard J, Baker-Austin C, Kershaw S, et al (In Press). Stakeholder perspectives on the importance of water quality and other constraints for sustainable mariculture. Environmental Science and Policy, 1-37.

2023

Luscombe DJ, Gatis N, Anderson K, Carless D, Brazier RE (2023). Rapid, repeatable landscape-scale mapping of tree, hedgerow, and woodland habitats (THaW), using airborne LiDAR and spaceborne SAR data. Ecol Evol, 13(5). Abstract.  Author URL.

2022

Gatis N, Carless D, Luscombe DJ, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2022). An operational land cover and land cover change toolbox: processing open‐source data with open‐source software. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 3(3).

2021

Carless D, Kulessa B, Booth AD, Drocourt Y, Sinnadurai P, Street-Perrott FA, Jansson P (2021). An integrated geophysical and GIS based approach improves estimation of peatland carbon stocks. Geoderma, 402 Abstract.
Webber JL, Tyler CR, Carless D, Jackson B, Tingley D, Stewart-Sinclair P, Artioli Y, Torres R, Galli G, Miller PI, et al (2021). Impacts of land use on water quality and the viability of bivalve shellfish mariculture in the UK: a case study and review for SW England. Environmental Science & Policy, 126, 122-131.

2019

Carless D, Luscombe DJ, Gatis N, Anderson K, Brazier RE (2019). Mapping landscape-scale peatland degradation using airborne lidar and multispectral data. Landscape Ecology, 34, 1329-1345.
Bateman IJ, Sterner T, Barbier E, van den Bijgaart I, Crepin A-S, Edenhofer O, Fischer C, Habla W, Hassler J, Johansson-Stenman O, et al (2019). Policy design for the Anthropocene. Nature Sustainability, 2, 14-21.

2018

Gallego-Sala AV, Charman D, Brewer S, Page SE, Prentice IC, Friedlingstein P, Moreton S, Amesbury MJ, Beilman DW, Björck S, et al (2018). Latitudinal limits to the predicted increase of the peatland carbon sink with warming. Nature Climate Change, 8, 907-913.
Gatis N, Luscombe D, Carless D, Parry L, Fyfe R, Harrod T, Brazier RE, Anderson K (2018). Mapping upland peat depth using airborne radiometric and lidar survey data. Geoderma, 335, 78-89. Abstract.
Puttock A, Brazier R, Graham H, Carless D (2018). Sediment and nutrient storage in a beaver engineered wetland. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms

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