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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…
Calder is a short film by Geoff Brokate and Paula Sutherland featuring the community of Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.  The narrative documents personal challenges of residents responding to the transformative impact of the Boxing Day 2015 floods. Rosalind Bark (SEE) and Julia Martin-Ortega arranged for the first Leeds screening of Calder, and they joined the filmmakers…
Julia Martin- Ortega led the development of  two peatland condition assessment tools. The tools, one for the general public (learning module) and one for land managers (condition assessment) are available online. o   Cond. Assess tool: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/peatland-modules/?type=assess o   Learning mod.: http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/peatland-modules/?type=learning Both of them include a mechanism by which the peatland condition drawings and…
Chartered Engineer Dr Mark Trigg has analysed the leading global flood risk prediction models and has found significant differences between the predictions they make. Software like this is used to plan major developments and, based on research using Africa as an example, Dr Trigg, from the University’s Faculty of Engineering, now says further work needs…
The Wet Networking Series was originally developed by law firm Pinsent Masons, with the aim of bringing together innovative water technology companies with investors, advisors and corporate organisations.  The ongoing series is jointly organised with Arup, and Wet Networks events have been running London for more than 10 years. First Drop is the first Wet…