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Rosalind Bark, Julia Martin-Ortega & Kerry Waylen  September 2017 This briefing note presents a summary of the results of a survey that was conducted during the spring of 2017. A total 118 respondents across the UK with a broad interest in flood risk, water, land or environmental management answered the survey. The survey’s aim was…
Dr Julia Martin-Ortega (Earth and Environment) and Dr Miller Alonso Camargo-Valero (Civil Engineering) have just been awarded one of the five projects funded by the UK’s Global Food Security programme (£1.51M).     The Programme, which is led by the BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and the Scottish government, is funding £4.9 million of interdisciplinary research to…
Researchers have called for urgent global action to address the effects of rapidly shrinking glaciers on ecosystems further downstream. Although the impact of melting glaciers on sea levels has received much attention, a team of academics have outlined other effects that will have a significant impact on freshwater and near-shore marine systems downstream. These range…
The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Task Force, led by Dr Costas Velis from the University of Leeds, has published a report highlighting the seriousness of marine litter and identifying potential areas of intervention. The President of ISWA, Antonis Mavropoulos, said: “Marine litter is becoming a global challenge, similar to climate change.” “Our oceans are…
From 05 to 07 September, water@leeds hosted the International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM7)at the University of Leeds. The conference, on the theme of ‘Resilience to Global Changes – Anticipating the Unexpected,’ boasted 172 presentations from researchers and industry alongside keynote speeches from Prof. Chris Zevenbergen, Prof. Koji Ikeuchi, Dr Gero Michel, Dr Paul Whitfield, Mr…
Leeds has recently become a Core City in the EUROCITIES Water Working Group’s Urban Water Agenda (UWA2030) Initiative, represented by a collaboration including Leeds City Council, University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett. Feedback is sought before 31st July from European cities of all sizes as well as stakeholders of the water sector, such as: water utilities…
Going with the flow: Tackling the environmental management of river flow Ensuring the economic, cultural and ecological value of rivers through more effective water flow management is the focus of a new research project led by the University of Leeds. The new project is a ‘European training and research network for environmental flow management in…
  A team of researchers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), the James Hutton Institute, and the University of Leeds have conducted a large scale national survey which has found that the general public is supportive of the Scottish Government’s plans to restore peatlands. University of Leeds researcher and water@leeds member, Dr Julia Martin-Ortega, is a…
Megan Klaar and Lee Brown visited Fountains Abbey last week to discuss the implementation of natural flood management (NFM) measures in the River Skell catchment by the National Trust. They were also given a guided tour of the grounds and started to consider ways in which our group’s expertise could help the NT to reduce fine…
Dr Rosalind Bark and Dr Julia Martin-Ortega have just launched a survey to explore the views and opinions of environmental professionals regarding Natural Flood Management (NFM). The responses collected are expected to improve our understanding of how NFM is perceived and is being implemented in the UK and will contribute to the debate around improving environmental and flood…