Dr James Shucksmith
Senior Lecturer in Water Engineering
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5706
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
A better understanding of our waterways is important to help protect against flooding and the impacts of pollution.
dr james shucksmith
James completed his undergraduate degree and his PhD here in the Department, before joining the academic staff in 2010 after a period as a KTP associate with Yorkshire Water.
James has two overarching research interests; pollution and flooding in both urban and rural environments. He wants to understand how pollutants move and spread through waterways, urban drainage systems and within floodwaters and quantify risks to the environment and/or public health. He is also interested in understanding and mitigating the likely pressures on water management caused by climate change, population growth and asset deterioration. His EPSRC and EU funded work includes experimental-laboratory based research into hydrodynamics of urban flooding using physical scale models and novel measurement techniques as well as catchment scale modelling and monitoring studies of water quality processes.
James has worked with a range of external partners including local water companies, local authorities, the Environment Agency on a number of projects; recent examples include the development of a surface water pesticide concentration warning system with Severn Trent Water, and the development of a low-cost real-time control system for the reduction of urban flooding (CENTAUR). He is also the Sheffield coordinator of the EPSRC STREAM centre for doctoral training.
Activities and Distinctions
- Coordinator of the STREAM Centre for Doctoral Training at the University of Sheffield.
- Winner of the 2010 SWIG (Sensors for Water Interest Group) early career researchers' prize.
- Winner of the 2015 Water and Environment Journal ‘Outstanding paper of the year award’
- On the Characteristics of Velocities Fields in the Vicinity of Manhole Inlet Grates During Flood Events. Water Resources Research, 54(9), 6408-6422. View this article in WRRO
- Modelling of metaldehyde concentrations in surface waters: A travel time based approach. Journal of Hydrology, 562, 397-410. View this article in WRRO
- Experimental calibration and validation of sewer/surface flow exchange equations in steady and unsteady flow conditions. Journal of Hydrology, 552, 421-432. View this article in WRRO
- Quantifying the Impact of Water Abstraction for Low Head ‘Run of the River’ Hydropower on Localized River Channel Hydraulics and Benthic Macroinvertebrates. River Research and Applications, 33(2), 202-213. View this article in WRRO
- Importance of partial barriers and temporal variation in flow when modelling connectivity in fragmented river systems. Ecological Engineering, 91, 515-528. View this article in WRRO
- Predicting combined sewer overflows chamber depth using artificial neural networks with rainfall radar data.. Water Sci Technol, 69(6), 1326-1333. View this article in WRRO
- Bulk flow resistance in vegetated channels: Analysis of momentum balance approaches based on data obtained in aging live vegetation. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 137(12), 1624-1635.
- Determining longitudinal dispersion coefficients for submerged vegetated flow. Water Resources Research, 47(10).
- Effects of emergent and submerged natural vegetation on longitudinal mixing in open channel flow. Water Resources Research, 46(4).
- Importance of advective zone in longitudinal mixing experiments. Acta Geophysica, 55(1), 95-103.