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The American Geophysical Union Fall meeting is held every year in San Francisco and is one of the largest geosciences meetings with over 19,000 people attending. The meeting is held over five days in two huge meeting spaces (think multiple indoor football pitches, and then two floors of them). The sheer scale of the meeting means it’s hard to see every presentation that is relevant to you, let alone the sessions on topics that are a step away from your core interests. It is these sessions that often lead to new ideas for your core problems – stepping over that disciplinary divide often pays dividends. Read more
This is a new presentation on SCIMAP given by Prof Stuart Lane on how to monitor diffuse agricultural pollution in river catchments within the UK. SCIMAP allows researchers to generate maps of diffuse river pollution within catchments in order to identify sources of river pollution.
SCIMAP project website: http://www.scimap.org.uk
How do we address the problem of polluted water in the UK? Run-off from agricultural pollution and waste discharge has been a major concern in the UK for the public, environmental groups and government alike. One way to understand how agricultural pollution occurs in UK’s rivers, lakes and ground water is by looking at how they are connected to areas that produce large amounts of pollution. This is where SCIMAP comes in to identify the locations where pollution can enter bodies of water in order to inform decision-makers in government, NGOs and land owners about how they can protect UK water environment. One of the leaders of the project and Director of Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Professor Stuart Lane, gives a screen cast introduction to SCIMAP: