The goal of this research community is to build on existing expertise and research interests in order to develop a more holistic and sustainable approach to reservoir management.  As things stand currently, there is much academic work by researchers to support reservoir management, but it is being done largely by individual people or groups, rather than as a more interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. This fragmentation does not allow to tackle complex reservoir management issues which would require expertise across disciplines, such as integrated management of quantity and quality issues or integrated management of reservoirs and upstream catchments.  

We aim to provide an invaluable platform for pooling our strengths within the GW4 and amongst out stakeholders to best address current water and reservoir management needs.

research community members

The initial membership comprising of 18 researchers and 3 water company representatives has been led by:

  • Dr. Rupert Perkins (Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Lee Bryant (University of Bath)
  • Dr. Chris Lowe (University of Exeter)
  • Dr. Francesca Pianosi (University of Bristol)

Following an inaugural meeting of researchers and stakeholders in February 2020 the group has expanded to a community of over 70 individuals with researchers from the GW4 universities and 25 stakeholder organisations, the latter including 20 water companies. This UK-wide group, facilitated by the Water Security Alliance meets every eight weeks to consider water related reservoir management issues and research opportunities.

join us

If you have any questions or are interested in joining this research community please register your interest by emailing Andy Schofield at