Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health Symposium

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health is delighted to host a symposium, Water and Planteary Health: A Catchment Systems Approach, at the University of Lincoln on 30th July – 1st August 2018 in the Joseph Banks Labotatories Boardroom (JBL3C01).

The symposium is a result of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Lincoln (UK) Massey University (New Zealand) and the University of Padova (Italy). 

It recognised that there are mutual benefits for all three institutions from strategically aligning collaboration and co-operation in the areas of human, animal and environmental health, food and water security, and mitigation of climate change impacts on society worldwide. The aim of this symposium will be to explore new catchment-based approaches for the assessment of human and animal health impacts resulting from water-related disease threats, as well as agricultural, industrial, mining and urban pollutants (e.g. antibiotic resistant microbes; ‘contaminants of emerging concern’ – pharmaceuticals, steroids and hormones; metal and metalloid contaminants) that are dispersed and remobilised by fluvial processes.

The symposium is by invitation only and includes the key players in water and planetary health research from Lincoln, Massey and Padova Universities, as well as experts from a number of UK universities who bring important additional skills and experience.

The full list of invitees:

University of Lincoln

  • Professor Mark Macklin (river systems and environmental change)
  • Professor Matt Goddard (population biology, ecology and evolution)
  • Professor Edward Hanna (climate science and meteorology)
  • Professor Chris Bridle (health psychology)
  • Professor Matt Goddard (population biology, ecology and evolution)
  • Professor Edward Hanna (climate science and meteorology)
  • Professor John Lewin (river systems and environmental change)
  • Dr Dan Magnone (soil and sediment geochemistry)
  • Dr Harriet Moore (environmental behaviour and policy)
  • Dr Amogh Mudbhatkal (hydrological, hydraulic and sediment modelling)
  • Dr Adegbola Ojo (Univ. Lincoln, geographies of health, big data)
  • Professor Simon Pearson (agri-food technology)
  • Dr Dilkushi de Alwis Pitts (remotely sensed surface dynamics, climate change, food and water security)
  • Dr Mangalaa Kameswari Rajasekaran (river system biogeochemistry)

Massey University

  • Professor Russell Death (freshwater ecology)
  • Professor Ian Fuller (fluvial geomorphology)
  • Associate Professor David Hayman (disease ecology, epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases)

University of Exeter

  • Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (biogeochemical and health impacts of mining)

University of Padova

  • Associate Professor Paolo Tarolli (earth surface processes and digital terrain analysis)

Aberystwyth University

  • Professor Chris Thomas (spatial ecology, environmental change and disease transmission)

Delegates will be deliver a short presentation of their research, and associated links to water and planetary health.

These introductions will be followed by a discussion in which the benefits for catchment-based approaches to the assessment of human and animal health impacts resulting from water-related disease and pollution will be identified.

The group will also consider themes and opportunities for joint collaboration and research, including writing an opinion piece article on catchment-based approaches for assessing and managing water and planetary health.

Undergraduate Research Project into Aerial Mapping to inform Precision Agriculture

A student at the School of Geography has been provided the opportunity to collaborate with researchers from his own School, as well as the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), after he received a bursary for an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS).

Bart Hill, a Geography BSc (Hons) student, was successfully awarded a bursary of approximately £1000 towards his research project which took place during July 2018.

The project, Aerial Mapping to inform Precision Agriculture: Linking topography to key soil properties, took place over four weeks between the University of Lincoln’s Riseholme Campus, a 200-hectare farming estate, and the Think Tank laboratory facilities at the Brayford Campus. Bart’s project was primarily supervised by LIAT’s Soil Scientist Dr Iain Gould and the School of Geography’s Senior Technician, Dr Joe Harwood and Dr Daniel Magnone, Lecturer in Physical Geography.

The project was completed over the following stages:

  • Fieldwork preparation, aerial photographic analysis of Riseholme using a drone
  • Collection of field soil samples across the farm at Riseholme and use of a TDR probe to measure soil moisture
  • Preparation of soil samples ready for analysis in the Think Tank laboratory
  • Analysis of soils using a range of techniques including XRF, XRD and/or loss on ignition
  • Collation of data into large database to present/analyse using GIS
  • Presentation of findings to the research team at the School of Geography and the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme (UROS) is a competitive bursary scheme designed to encourage undergraduates to become involved in the research work of the University, thereby contributing to that work, and developing their own research and transferable skills.

Students taking part in the scheme are required to produce a blog report and poster to showcase their research at an exhibition event.

UROS is a unique opportunity for students to collaborate with academics and engage with research, as well as enhancing their CV and career prospects.

2017 heralded the largest UROS portfolio in the University’s history with 36 individual projects funded over the summer and also also saw prizes given to four award-winning projects.

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A Flood History: Witham, Trent, Yorkshire Ouse by PhD Student, Josephine Westlake

Josephine Westlake, PhD Research Student at the School of Geography, currently studying the effects of non-stationarity on the flooding regimes of the Witham, Trent and Yorkshire Ouse rivers.

In addition to her research, Josephine works in collaboration with the School’s academic staff to deliver the Undergraduate Geography laboratory sessions.

Josephine’s research is titled, “A Flood History: Witham, Trent, Yorkshire Ouse and how we can use this to protect people and property’:

Interest in predicting UK flood events continues to grow following an increase in both the frequency and magnitude of recorded floods over the last 20 years. However current methods for analysing flood risk are based on statistical extrapolation of gauged flow records that are rarely longer than 50 years on average. It is also well known from historical sources and floodplain sedimentary records that much larger floods have occurred before modern flow records began in the 20th century. This project aims to address these problems by reconstructing multi-centennial length flood histories and undertaking long term flood frequency analysis (FFA) on three UK river systems: the Witham, Trent and Yorkshire Ouse. It will extend the flood series record by incorporating historical and palaeoflood (floodplain sedimentary archives) data into a single flood series and assess non-stationarity arising from climate and land-use change and modification of channel capacity.

Take a look at the current research happening at the School of Geography.