Dr Neil Entwistle

Lecturer in Geography

Biography

After completing a BSc Environmental Geography degree at Salford, I spent a year in industry working with Greater Manchester Waste before moving to North Carolina, USA. I returned from the States to undertake a PhD in the ‘Geomorphological effectiveness and maintenance of a riffle-pool sequence’, working under Dr George Heritage now Head of Hydromorphology at JBA Consulting. Since joining Salford after the completion of my PhD I work primarily within the Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre specialising in the field of hydromorphology, Lidar and river simulation.

Teaching

My teaching centres on research interests with module leadership duties for River Channel forms and Dynamics, River Restoration and River Management. I also lead modules on Data Handling and Information Technology. I also teach research methods, tutorials and through my strong interest in fieldwork lead field courses to the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District, Zermatt; Switzerland and Chamonix; France.

Research Interests

My specific areas of research are hydromorphology including sediment transport dynamics, catchment/ reach connectivity, ecohydraulics and through collaboration with environmental consultancies, the Environment Agency, regional River/wildlife Trusts along with the River Restoration Centre, I have helped to established post project monitoring to be an integral part of river restoration projects. Furthermore through the newly established River Restoration Inventory best practice examples can be disseminated.

My more recent research is utilising Terrestrial and Aerial Laser Scanning (TLS and ALS) to map and mode spatial and temporal variations in hydraulics, biotopes, fluvial habitats and flooding though river simulation I have found that anastomosed river reaches provide a stable, ecologically rich and energy efficient systems. Although these river systems have largely been managed to near extinction in the UK, restoration to reference conditions, as part of the Water Framework Directive, these river types provide both habitat refugia and can help abate downstream flooding. 

Qualifications and Memberships

BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography: University of Salford, 2003

PhD: University of Salford, 2011

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education: University of Salford, 2012

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Awards and professional standards committee for the Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society (RSPSoc)

Member of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences

International Association of Cryosperic Sciences

British Hydrological Society

British Society for Geomorphology

Publications

Milan, D.J., Heritage, G.L., Large, A.R.G., Entwistle, N.S., 2010. Mapping hydraulic biotopes using terrestrial laser scan data of water surface properties. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35 (8), 918-931

Entwistle, N.S., Milan, D.J. & Heritage, G.L., 2010. Biotope mapping using combined LiDAR and acoustic Doppler profiler survey Proceedings of the BHS 2010: Role of Hydrology in Managing Consequences of a Changing Global Environment

Heritage, G., Milan, D.J. & Entwistle, N.S., 2010. Temporal change in hydraulic habitat inferred from a high resolution 2D flow modelling approach Proceedings of the BHS 2010: Role of Hydrology in Managing Consequences of a Changing Global Environment

Entwistle, N.S., Fuller I.C., 2009. Terrestrial laser scanning to derive the surface grain size facies character of gravel bars. In Heritage G.L., and Large A.R.G., Laser Scanning for the Environmental Sciences, Chichester: Wiley.

Heritage, G.L., Milan, D.J., Entwistle, N.S., 2009.  An investigation of the role of geomorphology in influencing biotope distribution. Paper to be presented at the 8th IAHS assembly, Hyderabad, India, 6-12th September 2009.

Heritage, G.L., Milan, D.J., Entwistle, N.S., 2009.  Optimising catchment management through integrated geomorphological, ecological and hydraulic modelling: a demonstration through floodplain habitat maximisation.   Paper to be presented at the 8th IAHS assembly, Hyderabad, India, 6-12th September 2009.

Entwistle, N.S., Heritage, G.L., Milan, D.J. 2009.  An assessment of temporal habitat availability in a gravel-bed river using a LiDAR–derived CFD model.  Paper to be presented at the 8th IAHS assembly, Hyderabad, India, 6-12th September 2009.