Floods in the Anthropocene: myths, mud, and metals

The School of Geography, University of Lincoln will be hosting a series of seminars throughout 2017/18.

The first of these seminars will be facilitated by the Head of School of Geography/Director of Lincoln Centre for Water & Planetary Health, Prof Mark Macklin and will take place on Wednesday 27th September 2017 between 11.45 and 13:00 in MC0024 (MHT).

Prof Macklin pictured on a field trip to New Zealand.
Prof Macklin pictured on a field trip to New Zealand.

Floods in the Anthropocene: myths, mud, and metals

Coastal, fluvial and pluvial flooding is the world’s most significant and costly natural hazard. Recent flood events have highlighted the significant limitations of current flood risk assessment and forecasting practices because of the short length and restricted geographical coverage of river flow records, and non-stationarity in flood series resulting from climate, catchment land-cover and land-use change. New flood-related ecosystem and human health problems have also appeared resulting from sediment-associated contaminants. The aim of this lecture is to consider some of the emerging environmental and health related problems that river and catchment scientists are likely to be asked to solve in the early 21st century. With particular reference to the UK, three topics will be explored: are recent floods “unprecedented” and are they becoming more frequent; the use of sedimentary archives to extend flood series and improve flood risk assessment; and new flood-related threats to food and water security, animal and human health.

Professor Mark G. Macklin, an award winning physical geographer, is an authority on river systems and global environmental change. He is the Founding Head of the new School of Geography at the University of Lincoln and Founding Director of the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health. He also holds the Chair of Fluvial Geomorphology at Massey University, New Zealand. Mark’s research focuses on river channel and floodplain responses to climate change, long-term human-river environment interactions, alluvial archaeology, flood-risk assessment, metal mining pollution and its impact on ecosystem and human health, and the hydrological controls of malaria. His research is conducted worldwide with ongoing projects in Australia, Greece, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Sudan, Tanzania, UK and Zambia. Mark is an invited member of the UK’s Office of Nuclear Regulation Climate Change Expert Panel advising the Health and Safety Executive on flooding risk for nuclear sites. He is also member of the NERC Peer Review College and Welsh Government Flood Risk Management Wales Executive Committee.

If you would like to attend the above seminar, or are interested in finding out more information, please contact Fiona Burstow: fburstow@lincoln.ac.uk / 01522 835381