Rivers of the Anthropocene
Rivers of the Anthropocene seeks to bring together scientists, humanists, social scientists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers to begin a new type of discussion about humans and their river environments — one in which specialists can speak across disciplinary and professional boundaries; one in which the methods and scholarship of each field informs the others. The Rivers of the Anthropocene Research Network recognizes that only by bringing together our areas of expertise — by bridging the humanities, human sciences, earth sciences — are we likely to discover sustainable solutions to the complex environmental problems that we face in the 21st century
Green Infrastructure Planning and Nature-based Solutions
Maggie Roe is Science Advisor to GREEN SURGE, a collaborative project between 24 partners in 11 countries funded by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). GREEN SURGE identifies, develops and tests ways of linking green spaces, biodiversity, people and the green economy in order to meet the major urban challenges related to land use conflicts, climate change adaptation, demographic changes, and human health and wellbeing.
The Hydrocitizenship Project
The project investigates, and makes creative contributions to, the ways in which citizens and communities live with each other and their environment in relation to water in a range of UK neighbourhoods. The research, in which Newcastle University is a key partner, asks a series of questions about what communities are, how they function, and the role of environmental (water) assets and issues in the coming together of communities, conflicts within and between communities, as well as progress to interconnected community and environmental resilience.
The Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development is situated at the heart of nearly one million acres of pristine Guiana Shield rainforest that serves as a living laboratory for scientific research, responsible tourism, and sustainable tropical forest management. Iwokrama has a unique and ambitious conservation and development mandate that seeks to show that rainforest resources can be used sustainably to generate economic benefits through traditional and scientific resource-based knowledge and management. Newcastle University is a key Iwokrama partner and a team of established researchers are pushing boundaries in the areas of climate, hydrology, biodiversity and cultural heritage.
River Eden Demonstration Test Catchment
EdenDTC is a Defra funded research project. We are working closely with farmers in the catchment to test a range of mitigation measures in real catchment situations. The aim of the project is to assess if it is possible to cost effectively mitigate diffuse pollution from agriculture whilst maintaining agricultural productivity. The Eden DTC team is lead by Lancaster University and the consortium includes Durham and Newcastle Universities, the Eden Rivers Trust, CEH Lancaster and Newton Rigg College.
Flooding From Intense Rainfall
FFIR is a 5 year NERC-funded programme which aims to reduce the risks of damage and loss of life caused by surface water and flash floods through improved identification, characterisation and prediction of interacting meteorological, hydrological and hydro-morphological processes that contribute to flooding associated with high-intensity rainfall events. This suite of projects involves a multidisciplinary team of world-leading experts from academia, industry, and government. We are advancing scientific understanding of the drivers, thresholds, and impacts of flooding and translating this small-scale process understanding into new open source models. In turn this improves the capacity of forecasting agencies to deliver impacts-based warnings and predictions needed for managing flooding from intense rainfall.
Haltwhistle Burn Catchment
Newcastle University is working in partnership with the Tyne Rivers Trust (TRT) on a PhD project focused on Haltwhistle Burn with funding from the Catchment Restoration Fund project and UK Natural Environment Research Council.A ‘total catchment’ approach is proposed to improve fish populations, water quality, hydromorphology and also reduce flood risk.
Key objectives include establishing priorities within the Haltwhistle Burn Catchment, engaging with the local community, monitoring, modelling and using established intervention (natural runoff management).
Jason M. Kelly, Philip Scarpino, Helen Berry, James Syvitski, Michel Meybeck (Editors)
This exciting volume presents the work and research of the Rivers of the Anthropocene Network, an international collaborative group of scientists, social scientists, humanists, artists, policy makers, and community organizers working to produce innovative transdisciplinary research on global freshwater systems. In an attempt to bridge disciplinary divides, the essays in this volume address the challenge in studying the intersection of biophysical and human sociocultural systems in the age of the Anthropocene. Featuring contributions from authors in a rich diversity of disciplines - from toxicology to archaeology to philosophy - this book is an excellent resource for students and scholars studying both freshwater systems and the Anthropocene.
At publication date (June 2017), a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit www.luminosoa.org to learn more.