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School of Environment and Life Sciences

Dr Neil Entwistle

Lecturer in Geography

Biography

My academic career stared with a first degree in Environmental Geography, followed by a doctoral scholarship in the Geomorphological Effectiveness and Maintenance of a Riffle-Pool Sequence, which explored the fluvial dynamics of an upland gravel-bed river through 3D computational fluid dynamics. Following the conclusion of the scholarship I pursued a career in Environmental Consultancy before continuing with research and teaching as a Lecturer in Physical Geography at the University of Salford. 

My research has been recognised at the highest levels, from invited speaker at prestigious conferences, convening international workshops and disseminating research findings to governments. I have featured heavily in the media with appearances on BBC News, BBC radio/tv, Countryfile, ITV News, The Guardian, The Independent, The Conversation and other major international news outlets.

Teaching

I teach across 12 modules and act as module leader for 6 and have helped design many of the modules and programmes currently on offer within the school of Environment and Life Sciences. My research-led teaching here at Salford has a focus on river restoration monitoring to understand river dynamics with strong links to the environment industry. Salford students have played a part in a number of national prize winning projects and in 2016 an example partnership project to restore part of the River Trent in Staffordshire, received the accolade of runner up in the European River Restoration prize in Vienna, Austria. Outside of the University of Salford I am regularly invited to speak at teaching events (e.g. the Geographical Association) providing expertise on the latest methods for student engagement, data capture and the dissemination of my research findings. 

Research Interests

My research interests principally lie in the fields of hydromorphology, river restoration, catchment connectivity, ecohydraulics and fluvial and glacial sediment dynamics. I use a range or remote sensing methods to map and model spatial and temporal changes in topography, hydraulics and fluvial habitat, using these data for a variety of environmental decision making scenarios.

My use of innovative remote sensing methods developed from the use of Terrestrial and Aerial Lidar (TLS and ALS) to drones in 2014, where I am a trained and CAA licensed pilot and have used a variety of sUAV platforms for data collection spanning the globe. I collaboratively use data captured from these platforms for a wide range of research projects for example; UK Natural Flood Management and river restoration, water level and sediment management in South Africa and forest ecosystems in Chernobyl.My research interests principally lie in the fields of hydromorphology, river restoration, catchment connectivity, ecohydraulics and fluvial and glacial sediment dynamics. I use a range or remote sensing methods to map and model spatial and temporal changes in topography, hydraulics and fluvial habitat, using these data for a variety of environmental decision making scenarios.

My use of innovative remote sensing methods developed from the use of Terrestrial and Aerial Lidar (TLS and ALS) to drones in 2014, where I am a trained and CAA licensed pilot and have used a variety of sUAV platforms for data collection spanning the globe. I collaboratively use data captured from these platforms for a wide range of research projects for example; UK Natural Flood Management and river restoration, water level and sediment management in South Africa and forest ecosystems in Chernobyl.

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD in Physical Geography

BSc in Environmental Geography

PgCHE in Academic Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Society

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Chartered Geographer *(specialism in geomorphology)

CEO of the Alpine Glacier Project

Member of American Geophysical Union

Member of European Geophysical Union

Member of International Union of Geodesy and geosciences

Member of International a of Geodesy and geosciences

Member of International Association of Hydrological Sciences

Member of International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Member of British Society for Geomorphology

Publications

Milan, D.J., Heritage, G.L., Tooth, S and Entwistle N.S. (2018). Morphodynamics of bedrock-influenced dryland rivers during extreme floods: insights from the Kruger National Park, South Africa, Geological Society of America Bulletin.

Milan, D., Heritage, G., Entwistle, N. and Tooth, S., (2018). Morphodynamic simulation of sediment deposition patterns on a recently stripped bedrock anastomosed channel. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 377, p.51.

Entwistle, N. S., & Heritage, G. (2017). The impact of floodplain degradation on flooding in the UK. In E-proceedings of the 37th IAHR World Congress August 13–18, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research.

Entwistle, N. S., & Heritage, G. (2017). An evaluation DEM accuracy acquired using a small unmanned aerial vehicle across a riverine environment. International Journal of New Technology and Research, 3(7), 43-48.

Heritage G.L.,  Entwistle N.S (2016),  'Floodplains: the forgotten and abused component of the fluvial system' , E3S Web of Conferences (3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016)), 7 (13007)

Schofield, L.A., Danson, F. M., Entwistle, N. S., Gaulton, R., & Hancock, S. (2016). Radiometric calibration of a dual-wavelength terrestrial laser scanner using neural networks. Remote Sensing Letters, 7(4), 299-308.

Heritage, G., Milan, D., & Entwistle, N. (2016). Alluvial anastomosed channels: The preferred channel type on active UK rivers. In 11th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics.. Engineers Australia.

Heritage, G., Tooth, S., Entwistle, N., & Milan, D. (2015). Long-term flood controls on semi-arid river form: evidence from the Sabie and Olifants rivers, eastern South Africa. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 367, 141.

Entwistle, N.S., Heritage, G., Tooth, S., & Milan, D. (2015). Anastomosing reach control on hydraulics and sediment distribution on the Sabie River, South Africa. Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, 367, 215.

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

Entwistle, N.S., Milan, D.J.& Heritage, G. (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

Heritage G.L., Mott N., Entwistle N.S., Wozniczka J.& Kibble R. (2010). Value of large woody debris in erosion mitigation and morphological enhancement: a case study of River Churnet, Staffordshire Proceedings of the 11th River Restoration Conference 2010, University of York, 14th/15th April

Heritage, G. L. and Entwistle N.S. (2010). Managing Reactive Rivers: Lessons from upland channels in the UK Proceedings of the 11th River Restoration Conference 2010, University of York.

Heritage, G. L. David, M. and Entwistle N.S. (2010). Managing with the River: A case study from the river wharfe, UK Proceedings of the 11th River Restoration Conference 2010, University of York.

Entwistle, N., Heritage, G., & Milan, D.J. (2009). Assessment of temporal habitat availability in a Gravel-bed river using a LiDAR derived CFD model. Proceedings of the Joint IAHS & IAH Convention, Hyderabad, India, September  IAHS Publ. 328

Heritage, G.L. Entwistle, N.S and Milan, D.J, (2009). Investigating the role of geomorphology in influencing biotope distribution. Proceedings of the Joint IAHS & IAH Convention, Hyderabad, India, September IAHS Publ. 328

Heritage, G.L. Entwistle, N.S. and Milan, D.J, (2009). Optimising catchment management through integrated geomorphological, ecological and hydraulic modelling: a demonstration through floodplain habitat maximisation Proceedings of the Joint IAHS & IAH Convention, Hyderabad, India, September  IAHS Publ. 328

Hetherington D. Heritage, G.L., Milan D.J., Large, A.R.G. and Entwistle, N.S (2009). Terrestrial Laser Scanning For Hydraulic Habitat Mapping And Restoration In The Fluvial Environment Proceedings River Restoration Centre Conference

Heritage, G.L, & Milan, D.J., Entwistle, N.S. (2009). Temporal Characterisation of biotope units across the flow regime using repeat lidar survey. Proceedings of Symposium on Ecohydraulic & Hydroinformatics 7th IAHS Scientific Assembly at Concepcion, Chile.

Milan, D.J Entwistle, N.S, Heritage, G.L. and Hetherington, D. (2009). Relationship between turbulent flow structure and biotopes in an upland trout stream. Proceedings of Symposium on Ecohydraulic & Hydroinformatics held during the 7th IAHS Scientific Assembly at Concepcion, Chile.12-16

Hetherington, D Entwistle, N.S., Heritage, G. Milan, D.J and Large A.R.G. (2009). Utilisation of terrestrial laser scanning for hydraulic habitat mapping Proceedings of Symposium on Ecohydraulic & Hydroinformatics held during the 7th IAHS Scientific Assembly at Concepcion, Chile

Milan, D. J., Heritage, G. L., & Entwistle, N.S. 2009. Detecting grain roughness change and sorting patterns in a gravel-bed river using terrestrial laser scanning. In Proceedings of the 33rd Congress of the International Association for Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) (10-14).

Entwistle N.S. and Fuller IC (2009) Terrestrial laser scanning to derive the surface grain size facies character of gravel bars. In: Heritage GL and Large ARG (eds) Laser Scanning for the Environmental Sciences, Chichester: Wiley, 102–114