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Inaugural Lecture:Prof Mark Macklin

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The Rivers of Humankind

Mark G. Macklin1,2,3

1Foundational Head of the School of Geography and Foundational Director of the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health, University of Lincoln, UK

2Adjunct Professor of Fluvial Geomorphology, Innovative River Solutions, Institute of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

3Adjunct Professor, Centre for the Study of the Inland, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

Rivers have played a defining role in the global development of human societies and culture. This will undoubtedly continue in the 21st century with a growing demand for water, increasing pollution of river channel and floodplain environments, and anthropogenic global warming related changes in the frequency of floods and droughts that will have major environmental and societal impacts worldwide. Drawing on more than four decades of research conducted in the Danube, Indus and Nile Valleys, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, Australia and New Zealand, and the UK, Professor Mark Macklin considers how rivers initially shaped hunter-gatherer (The rivers of Homo sapiens) and agrarian (The rivers of civilization) societies, and then how urbanisation, industrialisation and intensified agriculture have more recently transformed river systems (The rivers of the Anthropocene) compromising planetary health. Humanity now faces an existential environmental catastrophe of its own making and it will be on the world’s most densely populated floodplains where this crisis will be played out. Interdisciplinary catchment-based approaches are urgently required, and in the final part of the lecture Professor Macklin will explore solutions to these problems using contemporary geographical methodologies.

References:

Macklin, M.G., Lewin, J. (2015). The rivers of civilization. Quaternary Science Reviews, 114, 228-244.

Macklin, M.G., Lewin, J. (2018). River stresses in anthropogenic times: Large-scale global patterns and extended environmental timelines. Progress in Physical Geography. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309133318803013

Macklin, J.E., Macklin, M.G. (2018). Art-geoscience encounters and entanglements in the watery realm. Journal of Maps. https://doi.org/10.1080/17445647.2018.1556128

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