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Professor Adrian Collins

Adrian is Head of Water Quality Science in the Soils, Crops and Water group, ADAS and Visiting Professor at the University of Southampton. He has worked for 18 years researching diffuse pollution from agriculture and additional sectors.

Whilst some of his work has focused on the quantification of catchment sediment budgets, his recent work has moved towards examining sediment impacts on aquatic ecology with a view to revising sediment targets for catchment compliance across England and Wales and on assessing the efficacy of sediment mitigation options supported by water quality policy.  Additional current work is examining the non-intentional impacts of the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Action Programme in England on phosphorus and sediment loss to watercourses and the impact of agri-environment schemes in Wales on water quality using ecological assessment.

Much of Adrian’s work is at the interface of high quality scientific research and national policy advice, analysis and formulation. Adrian has considerable experience of managing multi-partner research projects for diverse customers and possesses a sound grounding in key policy drivers for diffuse pollution including the EU Water Framework Directive.  Some of Adrian’s recent work has focused upon supporting sediment management for the England Catchment Sensitive Farming Delivery Initiative (ECSFDI) looking, for example, at sediment loss from cross sector sources, including damaged road verges, and on assembling longer-term conventional water quality datasets for improving the evidence base available to policy teams and Catchment Officers.  He has recently helped Defra re-write Cross Compliance guidance for farmers on the use of riparian buffers for diffuse pollution mitigation in response to the EU CAP Health Check.

Adrian is Chair of the SEDAG international working committee on sediment targets for diffuse pollution policy support.  He is currently collaborating with diffuse pollution researchers and policy teams overseas, including those in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and the USA.