The King’s Water Activity Hub is proud to announce our 2018-2019 Annual Lecture, featuring Dr. Lydia Burgess-Gamble from the Environment Agency. She will be speaking about “Designing a Research Framework for Natural Flood Management”. The Annual Lecture will be held Friday March 29th, between 5 and 6.30pm in the North East Wing of Bush House, 6th floor room 6.05, Department of Geography, King’s College London. A drinks reception will follow.
Agency’s flood risk research team. She will talk about how they identify research needs and deliver applied research, filling gaps in policy and practice.
She will talk about her current role where she has developed a Research framework defining high priority areas of research in the field of Natural Flood Management, and how this led to the publishing of a seminal piece of work which summarises the evidence behind Natural Flood Management. This has in turn informed current government policy through the 25 year environment plan and is being used by practitioners implementing NFM schemes.
Lydia will also talk about how the Environment Agency works with Research Councils to steer and inform Research call.
A talk with Jonathon Keats, Alex Loftus (King’s College London), Nora Buletti (University of Fribourg). Moderated by Oli Stratford (Disegno)
Rivers are natural calendars, marking the passage of time as they meander, but their rate of meandering is contingent on climate change. Artist and philosopher Jonathon Keats proposes to re-calibrate clocks and calendars based on the long-term meandering of rivers, grounding time in the environmental conditions of our planet. This epic new project, planned for the Ticino River, is merely the latest of Keats’s many immersive encounters with deep time, which have also involved the construction of cameras taking hundred- and thousand-year exposures of the American landscape. Keats will discuss the Calendar of the Meander and his other time-based environmental artworks with river sociologist Nora Buletti and the critical geographer Dr. Alex Loftus, in a public conversation moderated by Disegno editor-in-chief Oli Stratford.
Tuesday, 20th of November, 18h15-19h45
King’s College, Bush House, South East Wing, Room 1.05
Address: South East Wing, Bush House, 300, Strand, London WC2R 1AE
Everyone is welcome to two panel discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals, organised by King’s Water Hub and the Environmental Dynamics Research Group
Panel 1 SDGs: politics and policy (Wednesday, November 14, 2018 5:00 – 6:00pm)
Bush House Lecture Theatre 3 Bush House (North East Wing) 0.01
Paul Steele, IIED The political economy of the SDGs
Kate Schreckenberg, KCL SDGs on the ground
Stephen Lintner, KCL The SDG Ocean Agenda
Panel Discussion moderated by Helen Adams
Followed by refreshments in 6.05
Panel 2 Nature, Water and SDGs (Tuesday, November 27, 2018 5:00 – 6:00pm)
Bush House Lecture Theatre 3 Bush House (North East Wing) 0.01
Jane Catford Water and the SDGs
Mark Mulligan, KCL Nature’s contributions to meeting the SDGs
Emma Tebbs Earth Observation and the SDGs
Panel Discussion moderated by Kate Schreckenberg
Followed by an undergraduate poster event
Come join us for the first talk of the academic year, on September 20th at 4pm in room 6.05 in the North East Wing of Bush House!
Lineu N. Rodrigues will give a brief overview of food production and water resources in Brazil, specifically in the Cerrado’s region. The presentation will cover a general idea of agricultural challenges, water resources legislation, irrigation, water use and some irrigation strategies adopted in regions facing water conflicts.
Four King’s Water doctoral researchers have just completed an interdisciplinary methods experiment in the Yucatan Peninsula. The trip included presentations at the XVI World Water Congress and the formation of a new institutional partnership with CICY, the Centre for the Scientific Study of the Yucatan.
PhD researcher Becca Farnum will be speaking with representatives from her Moroccan research partner Dar Si Hmad at ZSL’s Conservation Optimism Summit for Earth Day 2017. While in the UK, the Environmental Youth Ambassadors will be giving an academic seminar at the University of Oxford exploring Fog, Education, and Resilience in Morocco.
Dar Si Hmad is a local NGO promoting sustainable livelihoods in Southwest Morocco. Their innovative fog-harvesting system, which recently won the UNFCCC Momentum for Change Award at COP22, supplies rural communities with potable water for household use as well as reforestation and community garden projects. The Environmental Youth Ambassadors programme trains urban youth in journalism and education to bridge the gap between city and countryside. EYAs support the Water School, bringing environmental STEM education to marginalised communities in Ait Baamrane.
In this special seminar, representatives from Dar Si Hmad will share the technology of fog-harvesting, highlight local interventions for women’s empowerment and children’s learning, and talk about how this local case study is shaped by and can inform wider narratives of development, water security, and community resilience. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a model of CloudFisher technology, view short environmental films produced by Moroccan young people, and participate in new videos being created to support the Water School.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fog-education-and-resilience-in-morocco-tickets-33655117362.
Please contact Rebecca Farnum (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The last Environmental Dynamics Seminar of the year will take place this Friday from 17:15-18:15 in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04).
Dr Stephanie Evers from Liverpool John Moores University will be talking about how tropical peat swamps are being impacted by drainage for agriculture and whether sustainable development of tropical peatlands is possible.
The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception in the department. The event is free and open to the public.
The Department of Geography has recently launched a series of Departmental Talks marking recently completed sabbatical leave. In the second installment, Bruce Malamud will be speaking on “From landslides, (palaeo)floods and tornadoes to hazard interactions”. This talk will take place on Tuesday 7th March at 6pm in Room S-2.08, with free drinks served beforehand from 5.15pm in the 4th Floor Geography social space.
A sabbatical is a focussed period to work on existing projects you have not been able to focus on, begin new research, and to apply for grants for future research, so that you have research ‘fat’ that will carry you over during the busy periods of teaching and administration upon return from your sabbatical. Paraphrasing from a meeting with Denise Lievesley (former Dean of SSPP) Bruce Malamud reflects on research undertaken and grants applied for and obtained, during his one year sabbatical (2015/16). Research included work on landslides, palaeofloods, tornadoes, hazard interactions, and invasive alien species, resulting in 6 papers submitted (4 now published/in-press). Grants submitted that were successful included: (i) as lead investigator a £2M NERC/DFID grant ‘LANDSLIP’ on early warning systems of landslides in India (with KCL co-investigators G. Adamson, A. Donovan, M. Pelling), and 2 small grants (£90k PhD studentship on UK hazard interactions with EDF energy, and €4k for a secondary school workshop in Malawi), and (ii) as co-investigator one large and one medium grant. The talk will focus on some of the research worked on during this period, the 4-year grant LANDSLIP in India which was applied for and started Nov. 2016, and some slides from countries visited (often together with other KCL staff members) during his sabbatical year, which included Austria, China, DPRK, Germany, India, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Spain and USA.
This week’s Environmental Dynamics Seminar is on Friday from 17:15-18:15 in the Pyramid Room (K4U.04). The seminar will be different than previously scheduled and focusses on two different approaches to studying natural hazards:
Dr Silvia De Angeli (Postgraduate Research Intern (ERASMUS) in KCL Geography working with Bruce Malamud) will be talking about her work on multiple hazard interactions in the built environment which feeds into the RASOR project – a platform to perform multi-hazard risk analysis to support disaster management.
Dr Annette Witt (Max-Planck-Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Germany) will be talking to us about fluctuations in the number of palaeofloods in the Alps during the Pleistocene.
The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception in the department.
Food, water and society: how our political economy is not proving to be clever with food-water
Tony Allan & Brendan Bromwich
King’s College London Food-Water Group
Wednesday 15 February 2017
4:30pm, Pyramid Room, Strand Campus
The purpose of the session is to highlight the role of those who produce food – farmers – in the sustainable allocation and management of food-water. Food-water is the water consumed in the production of food, fibre and bio-energy. Non-food water accounts for c8% of the overall water footprint of society in providing domestic and industrial water services. Farmers also play a major role in managing of biodiversity and a significant role in generating emissions. They manage about 90% of the water foot print of our economies, provide a major proportion of all biodiversity management and account for at least 25% of emissions. The session will provide evidence that the impact of farming is determined by food supply chain practices and policies that water scientists and professionals should take into account if they are to understand how sustainable water policies and practices can be installed. The session will first, highlight some of the essential water metrics that are as yet poorly communicated by water scientists. Secondly, it will highlight the problem of the absence of integration of 1.water, 2. environmental and 3. market accounting practices. Thirdly it will show that there are three food supply chain market modes with very deeply established path dependence. Two of them are market failures. Finally the significance of the asymmetric power relations in the globalised food system which delivers affordable (cheap) food will be highlighted. The long-term decline in food prices will be shown to make it difficult to operate a sustainable global food-water system.