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WET, WET, WET water security in a changing world
Wed 22 March 2017, 17:00 – 18:00 GMT
WET, WET, WET
Water security in a changing world
This special lecture to mark World Water Day features three leading researchers, looking at three aspects of the critical issue of water security today.
Developing flood resilience
Dr Lindsay Beevers is Associate Professor in Water Management at Heriot-Watt. There is growing evidence that rapid urban expansion will increase the severity and frequency of floods and droughts, which have a devastating impact on society, in the rural and urban setting, and increase water insecurity. Lindsay’s talk will focus on floods and explore what we can learn from different approaches to flood resilience and vulnerability globally, to increase our resilience in the UK.
Satellites, Citizens and Secchi disks: monitoring freshwaters for sustainable development
Dr Laurence Carvalho leads the Freshwater Ecology Group at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. The decline in the availability of good-quality water is considered the pre-eminent risk to society and the global economy with effects disproportionally felt in developing countries. Laurence will review sustainable development targets for water quality and related ecosystems, and consider how ‘Earth observation’ and ‘citizen science’ can play a role in monitoring and encouraging public engagement in freshwater management.
Using groundwater to reduce poverty in Africa and South Asia
Professor Alan MacDonald is a Principal Hydrogeologist at the British Geological Survey and Heriot-Watt’s Lyell Centre. As the world’s largest store of usable freshwater, groundwater is central to how we respond to the challenges of climate change and population growth. Groundwater abstraction comprises more than 35% of global water use and is forecast to increase, to mitigate the effects of climate extremes on food and water security. Alan will explore these challenges and how developing groundwater resources has transformed communities.
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Cairn Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Centre, Edinburgh Campus
Refreshments 4.30pm – 5.00pm
Lecture 5.00pm – 6.00pm
Followed by a drinks reception