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.

Deputy Head of School Presents Findings at Regional Studies Association Conference 2018

Deputy Head of School, Dr Gary Bosworth, attended the Regional Studies Association Conference at Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland on 3rd – 6th June 2018.

This year, the theme of the annual conference was, ‘A World of Flows: Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival’, aimed to address processes of global reversal and regional revival, in a world dominated by flows of capital, labor, and knowledge and saw over 500 delegates gather from 51 countries came together to study and debate their research. 

Dr Bosworth delivered a co-authored paper on the links between counterurbanisation and entrepreneurial emergence, the paper can be read here.

This paper is a collaboration with Leanne Townsend, James Hutton Institute, Bob Newbery, Newcastle Business School and Zografia Bika, Norwich Business School. The group are planning new research aimed to deepen understanding of alternative rural entrepreneurship trajectories in rural Britain.

Find out more about the School of Geography, University of Lincoln, UK. 

Prof Hanna Holds International Research Workshop on Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheet Mass Balance

Prof Edward Hanna of the School of Geography, University of Lincoln,  lead-organised an international research workshop on Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance – links between observational data and computer model simulations – as part of the POLAR2018 conference in Davos, Switzerland, on 15 June.

This included some of the world-leading scientists working in this area. There were two keynote talks: Prof Tony Payne (University of Bristol) spoke on “Challenges in making useful projections of the future sea-level contributions of ice sheets”, while Prof Andy Shepherd (University of Leeds) gave a very timely rundown of “Satellite observations of ice sheet mass balance”. The latter talk was based on a major new research paper on Antarctic Ice Sheet mass balance, 1992-2017, that Prof Shepherd had lead-published in the journal NATURE the previous day [as a participant in the second Ice sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE2), Prof Hanna is one of about 80 co-authors on this paper].

Other talks included the effects on ice sheets of limiting global warming to 1.5degC above pre-industrial levels by 2100 (an unlikely outcome but one that is highly relevant to study for an upcoming interim report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). For further details, please visit the workshop website.

The photo shows (from left to right) Prof. Michiel van den Broeke (Utrecht University), Prof Tony Payne, Dr Pippa Whitehouse (Durham University), Dr Erik Ivins (CalTech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Prof Frank Pattyn (Universite libre de Bruxelles), who together led a panel discussion following the talks. The projected image is of a Greenland iceberg that Edward photographed while on fieldwork in Greenland in 2012. The meetings were held in the Davos Congress Centre that regularly hosts meetings of the World Economic Forum.

Edward and his co-organisers (renowned glaciologists Francisco Navarro, Frank Pattyn and Catherine Ritz) are grateful to the workshop sponsors: the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, the International Arctic Science Committee, and the Climate and Cryosphere project of the World Climate Research Programme, especially for facilitating several Early Career Scientists to attend the workshop. Working together with the presenters, it is planned to write a major review/synthesis paper for a leading science journal, summarising the outcomes of the workshop, within the next few months.