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Professor Alan Jenkins

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology – Director of Science

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An Accredited Expert, Professor Alan Jenkins, represents the UK government on the IHP Council – the UN body devoted to water research and management and related education and capacity development.

Alan is the Director of Science at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). A hydrologist by training, Alan Chairs the UK IHP National Committee and leads the UK input to UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP). In his early career, Professor Jenkins focused on water quality science, including experimental field monitoring and modelling approaches, and delivering projects both nationally and internationally.

Alan has extensive experience of working within the UN system as; Hydrological Advisor to the UK Government with WMO; as a Member of the WMO Hydrological Coordination Panel, and as Leader of the WMO Task Team for the Global Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS).

In Europe, he is a Member of the Science Advisory Group of the EU Water Joint Programming Initiative, UK representative on the European Network of Water Research Institutes (EURAQUA). In the UK, he is Co-Director of Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, a Member of the UK National Hazards Partnership, Steering Committee and a Member of the Scottish Government Centre for Research in Water, Programme Steering Group. He is an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University and a Visiting Professor at University College, London.

#Institution

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Deputy Director

SINCE 2011

#Alma-Matter

University of Leeds
BSc, PhD.

LEEDS

#Role at UNESCO

UK Representative on the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme.

SINCE 2013

QUOTE

“Politicians have to listen to scientists — no matter what the complexity of their research is. It is our job to understand how the environment changes.”

Professor Jenkins, Speaking about the necessity of science within politics.

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ROLE AT UNESCO

Professor Alan Jenkins is the UK Representative on the IHP Council, the only UN body devoted to water research, management and related education development.

Institutions

University of Lancaster
Honorary Professor

University College London
Visiting Professor in the Geography Department

Role at UNESCO

Head of the UK Delegation to the UNESCO International Hydrology Programme.

SINCE 2013

COMMISSION

UK Representation: IHP – Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme

ESTABLISHED 1975 – PARIS, FRANCE

The Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) facilitates and encourages hydrological research whilst also assisting Member States in research and training activities too. The main objective of their current, eighth phase, is to put science into action required for water security.

Publications

SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Alan’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles.

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“We are absolutely convinced that there is weighty scientific evidence that the recent extreme rainfall has been impacted by climate change.”

Professor Jenkins, Discussing his research into UK flooding.

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