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Stephen Addy

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Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
Environmental and Biochemical Sciences
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Steve is a hydromorphologist who is interested in physical processes and forms within river systems.  His background is in physical geography and fluvial geomorphology.  Based at the University of Aberdeen, he gained a BSc degree in geography in 2005 and completed a PhD in fluvial geomorphology in 2009.  The PhD work examined controls on the distribution of channel reach types and tested the effectiveness of an existing channel reach classification system in upland catchments of the upper River Dee catchment, north-east Scotland.

Current research interests

His main current research interests are:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of river restoration at the reach scale in a degraded agricultural stream (Logie Burn, Aberdeenshire) and a large gravel bed river with an altered floodplain (River Dee near Braemar, Aberdeenshire).
  • The effectiveness of natural flood management and coarse sediment measures including novel in-stream wooden structures in upland catchments (Bowmont Water, Scottish Borders).
  • The impacts of hydroelectric power on river geomorphology and the habitats of freshwater pearl mussels and salmonids (River Kerry, Wester Ross).
  • Investigating the geomorphic impact of the 30th of December 2015 'Storm Frank'  flood on the River Dee and the 8th of January 2016 flood on other rivers in Aberdeenshire to help inform sustainable river management.

In addition to this core research, Steve undertakes consultancy work for river restoration and managment assessments where expertise in fluvial geomorphology is required.  In collaboration with the EnviroCentre, he has worked as the principal hydromorphologist on a number of projects for SNH (EU LIFE funded Pearls in Peril project; sites in the River Dee catchment, Aberdeenshire and South Esk catchment, Angus), SEPA (Pow Burn, Angus) and the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Landscape Partnership (River Avon, Moray).   


  • Addy, S. (2018) Modeling the hydraulic effects of a naturally occurring log jam on the Logie Burn: further work. , Report sent to Stakeholder.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; Gimona, A.; Glendell, M.; Yeluripati, J.; Addy, S.; van Hulst, F.; Matthews, K.; Mitchell, R.; Rivington, M. (2018) Climate change, natural capital and adaptation in Scotland’s marginal lands., Report to ClimateXChange, 17pp.
  • 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.
  • Addy, S. (2017) Morphological changes to the River Dee, Aberdeenshire due to the 30th of December 2015 'Storm Frank' flood., Report disseminated to Stakeholders.
  • 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.
  • Addy, S.; Cooksley, S.; Dodd, N.; Waylen, K.A.; Byg, A.; Holstead, K. (2016) River restoration and biodiversity: nature-based solutions for restoring the rivers of the UK and Republic of Ireland., Published Jointly by IUCN, NCUK and CREW, 64pp. CRW2014/10. ISBN: 978-0-902701-16-8
  • Addy, S.; Cooksley, S.; Dodd, N. (2015) IUCN NCUK River restoration and biodiversity expert workshop report, 5-6 November 2014., Report for CREW Project Number CRW2014_10.
  • Baggaley, N.J.; Addy, S.; Hough, R.L.; Loades, K.; Stutter, M.I.; Vinten, A.J.A. (2013) A scoping study into BSI PAS100 compost use to mitigate field and riverbank erosion in Scotland., Contract Report for Zero Waste Scotland, ZWS ORI003-005 PO:538.

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