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2019 writing retreat

Our writing retreat in the Peak District took place from 4 to 9 August and had 12 participants from Physical and Human Geography and Environmental Science (University of Birmingham, Bristol, Loughborough, Bologna, China). The week was again very productive and collaborative. This time we trialled structured writing in the morning (Pomodoro-style writing blocks of 40 … Continue reading 2019 writing retreat

The hydrology of mangrove restoration

Stijn Beernink (KWR Water) presented our research on how to include hydrology in mangrove restoration at the MMM5 conference in Singapore last week. Have a look at the poster here: poster_MMM5_2019_mangrove restoration_portrait. TAKE HOME MESSAGES: 1) failure of mangrove planting can be prevented by considering hydrological conditions 2) hydrological classification can guide making suitable hydrological conditions … Continue reading The hydrology of mangrove restoration

Women in Science

By Anne Van Loon - with special thanks to Massimilliano Zappa, Angela Thuer and all participants of the discussion sessions Today Swiss women strike to demand equal pay. A good day to post a blog on gender (in)equality in science. On 7 May 2019 I was invited at WSL (Switzerland) for a Distinguished Lecture. Massimilliano … Continue reading Women in Science

Quantifying the human influence on streamflow drought

Recently, two papers have been published from the work done in the NWO-funded project “Adding the Human Dimension to Drought”. Sally Rangecroft and Anne Van Loon developed the methodology to quantify how human activities influence drought based on observation data. It is a challenge to attribute droughts in streamflow to the variety of natural drivers … Continue reading Quantifying the human influence on streamflow drought

“Jaws of death” or sustainable solutions? About water shortage in England

--- by Anne Van Loon --- Sir James Bevan, the Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, in a speech at the Waterwise Conference on 19 March 2019, warned that water demand could surpass water availability in England in 20-25 years (see BBC summary & full speech). In it he warned for complacency and argued for … Continue reading “Jaws of death” or sustainable solutions? About water shortage in England

#flyingless

  -- posted by Anne -- More and more earth scientists, climate scientists, and geographers, are #flyingless. Many believe that in the Anthropocene, with climate change wreaking havoc around the world, it is important to align one's daily life choices with our views and research that require taking responsibility and raising awareness. Actions speak louder than … Continue reading #flyingless

Water shortage due to storage? – new paper in Nature Sustainability

--- by Giuliano Di Baldassarre --- Building dams and reservoirs is one of the most common approaches to cope with drought and water shortage. The aim is straightforward: reservoirs can store water during wet periods, and then release it during dry periods. As such, they can stabilize water availability, thereby satisfying water demand and alleviating … Continue reading Water shortage due to storage? – new paper in Nature Sustainability

The Birmingham delegation to the Panta Rhei Drought workshop in Utrecht

--- by Clarissa & Doris --- “Panta Rhei – Everything flows” is the current scientific decade (2013-2022) of the International Association of Hydrological Science (IAHS) that focuses on the interaction between hydrology and society. One of IAHS most active working groups is “Drought in Anthropocene”. Regular meetings are initiated and there is an annual workshop … Continue reading The Birmingham delegation to the Panta Rhei Drought workshop in Utrecht

Hydrological Extremes Research Group Enjoys Successful EGU 2018

By Danny Croghan The Hydrological Extremes research group enjoyed a busy but productive week at the annual European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference for 2018. All research group members were present and active at the conference with a total of 5 oral presentations, 5 poster presentations, and 3 PICO presentations conducted by the group. The EGU … Continue reading Hydrological Extremes Research Group Enjoys Successful EGU 2018

PhD project on mangrove conservation & restoration

A possibility for a PhD project on mangrove hydrology has opened up in our research group at the University of Birmingham. With colleagues Fiona Nunan and Stefan Krause we proposed a PhD project with the title: Mangrove forest conservation and restoration: what are the keys to success? The project focuses on the physical and social factors … Continue reading PhD project on mangrove conservation & restoration

Guardian/Observer opinion piece on Cape Town water crisis

Together with colleagues Rosie Day (University of Birmingham) and Simon Dadson (University of Oxford) Anne Van Loon wrote an opinion piece on the Cape Town water crisis: "Let Cape Town revolutionise the way we think about water". In this article they warn for the Hydro-illogical cycle (see National Drought Mitigation Centre illustration below) and suggest … Continue reading Guardian/Observer opinion piece on Cape Town water crisis

MSc and BSc student projects available

The Drought in the Anthropocene Panta Rhei group have jointly defined a number of MSc and BSc student projects. See the total list via this link: Drought in the Anthropocene_student projects. These student projects can be based at the University of Birmingham or at any of the collaborating institutes with remote supervision by the supervisory team. … Continue reading MSc and BSc student projects available

Panta Rhei working group meeting

Anne Van Loon, Sally Rangecroft, and Doris Wendt attanded the Panta Rhei Drought in the Anthropocene working group annual meeting in Freiburg, Germany 8-11 October 2017. The meeting, partly sponsored by EGU and the Baden-Württemberg Water Network, was organised around the topics of drought hazard, impacts, vulnerability and management in a human modified world. The two and … Continue reading Panta Rhei working group meeting