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Mark Wilkinson

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Flood Risk Management Scientist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


I am a research scientist in catchment hydrology, specializing in flood risk management at source. Other interests include the design, implementation and data analyses/modelling of hydrological catchment monitoring experiments. For these catchment experiments to be successful, I consider local stakeholder involvement and the correct use of data driven hydrological models as vital components towards a successful uptake and a good understanding of the catchment processes at different scales. The current focus of my work is designing and investigating the impact of sustainable runoff management (through catchment [soft] engineering techniques and natural flood management) with the main aim to reduce and attenuate flood peaks. I am also interested in the multi-purpose benefits associated with these measures (such as for water quality). I currently coordinate research that aims to provide evidence to the Scottish Government for mitigating and adapting to flood risk using Natural Flood Management techniques. I have previously worked on several multi-scale catchment experiment programmes and the development of a runoff management decision support tool for communicating flood risk to end-users. I was recently involved in a proof of concept project designed to demonstrate that linking data, models and expert knowledge will provide cost effective answers to vital wide-ranging environmental issues. I have active water management research links in Europe, India, New Zealand and China. Alongside my work at the James Hutton Institute, I am also a committee member of the British Hydrological Society, the Meteorological Observing Systems‘ Special interest group, Royal Meteorological Society and the European Geosciences Union sub-division of Water Policy and Management.

Further information on my work and publications can be found on ResearchGate. (provides an up to date list of my publications).


  • Marshall, K.; Waylen, K.A.; Wilkinson, M. (2019) Communities at risk of flooding and their attitudes towards natural flood management., CREW Project Report, CRW2019_03, 20pp.
  • Priest, S.J.; Wilkinson, M.E. (2019) Delivering nature-based solutions: Learning from international best practice., Regional Workshop (Cost Action-CA16209 / Land4Flood), Project Report, Edinburgh, 16-17 May 2019.
  • Brooker, R.; Paterson E.; Glendell, M.; Ellis, C.; Eastwood, A.; Fraser, F.; Wilkinson, M.; Skuce, P.; Macleod, C.; Carvalho, L.; Fischer, A.; Comerford, D.; Holland, J.; Vinten, A.J.A.; McVittie, A. (2017) Report on natural assets theme science day, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, 2 October 2017., Theme 1 Web pages, 6pp.
  • Wilkinson, M.E.; Wang, C. (2017) A review of spatial (GIS) tools to aid in the placement of measures which disconnect flow pathways in the farmed landscape., RESAS Report.
  • Ngai, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Nisbet, T.; Harvey, R.; Addy, S.; Burgess-Gamble, L.; Rose, S.; Maslen, S.; Nicholson, A.; Page, T; Jonczyk, J.; Quinn, P. (2017) Working with natural processes evidence directory: Appendix 2 - literature review., Project Report, SC150005, Environment Agency, October 2017, Appendix 2, 323pp.
  • Burgess-Gamble, L.; Ngai, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Nisbet, T.; Pontee, N.; Harvey, R.; Kipling, K.; Addy, S.; Rose, S.; Maslen, S.; Jay, H. Nicholson, A.; Page, T.; Jonczyk, J.; Quinn, P. (2017) Working with natural processes evidence directory., Project Report, SC150005, Environment Agency, October 2017, 289pp.
  • Vinten, A.J.A.; Wilkinson, M.; Sample, J.; Rear, L.; Hoang-Cong, C.; Novo, P.; Halliday, M. (2017) Water level management in the upper Lunan Water, Angus, Scotland, Report for James Hutton Website, 35pp.
  • Addy, S.; Wilkinson, M.E. (2017) The Bowmont catchment initiative: An assessment of catchment hydrology and Natural Flood Management measures. Four year summary., Scientific Report for Scottish Government, 50pp.
  • Allan, R.; Wilkinson, M.; Dodd, N. (2016) The North Glasgow integrated water management system: a review., Project Report for CREW, CD2015_05, 18pp.
  • McLean, L.; Beevers, L.; Waylen, K.A.; Wright, G.; Wilkinson, M. (2015) Learning from community led flood risk management., CREW Report CD2014-12, 57pp.
  • Wilkinson, M.; Holstead, K.L.; Hastings, E. (2013) Natural Flood Management in the context of UK reservoir legislation., CREW Report, 2pp.
  • Holstead, K.L.; Wilkinson, M. (2013) UK and Ireland natural flood management practitioners workshop report., Final Report for CREW, CD2012/23, 15pp.
  • Quinn, P.F.; Wilkinson, M.E.; Jonczyk, J. (2012) The potential to store flood flow in the rural landscape upstream of Brunton Bridge on the River Ouseburn., Report for the Environment Agency, Tyneside House, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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