Kevin Hiscock is a Reader in the School of Environmental Sciences at UEA with research interests in groundwater hydrology, water chemsitry and the management of catchment water resources.
A special interest has been the evaluation of the production and consumption of nitrous oxide in groundwater and the contribution by groundwater of this greenhouse gas to the atmosphere. Allied to these studies, Kevin is actively researching the impacts of land management practices and climate change on surface and groundwater bodies through his leadership of the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment (DTC) Project and his participation in the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme GRAPHIC project investigating climate change and human population pressures on groundwater resources see website
The Wensum (the river that runs through Norwich) DTC project is investigating economically viable agricultural best-practice measures for reducing the problem of runoff of agricultural contaminants such as nitrate, phosphate and suspended sediment which can be regarded as both invisible and visible contaminants.
As an educator, Kevin is active in teaching field classes, including water tracing methods used to prove links between sinking streams, underground cave systems and resurgent springs both the in Mendip Hills in Somerset and The Burren, County Clare, Ireland. The use of fluorescent tracers as materials for scientific and artistic exploration has led to collaboration with Liz Ballard.