coastalAustralian Rivers Institute Seminar Nathan

Australian Rivers Institute Seminar Series 2013

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Friday 8 March 2013

3-4pm Environment 1_N55_Room 1.07

Professor Mark G Macklin

Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research, Aberystwyth University, UK

Floods in the Anthropocene: mud, metals and mosquitoes

Abstract

Coastal, fluvial and pluvial flooding is likely to remain globally as the primary environmental hazard. But recent flood events in Pakistan, Queensland, Thailand and in the UK have highlighted the significant limitations of current flood risk assessment and forecasting practices because of (i) the short length and restricted geographical coverage of river flow records and (ii) non-stationarity in flood series resulting from climate, catchment land-cover and land-use change. In addition, new flood-related ecosystem and human health problems have emerged resulting from sediment-associated contaminants and microbes, as well as through changes in the incidence of water-related diseases. The aim of this lecture is to consider some of the emerging environmental and health related problems that river and catchment scientists are likely to be asked to solve in the early 21st century. Three topics will be explored: (i) improving flood risk assessment using fluvial sedimentary archives to extend flood series and crowd sourcing techniques; (ii) new threats to food security, animal and human health in metal mining contaminated catchments; and (iii) the hydrological and geomorphological controls of malaria – the neglected ‘dark side’ of ecohydrology!

Speaker: Mark G Macklin is Professor and Chair of Physical Geography and Director of the Centre for Catchment and Coastal Research, Aberystwyth University, UK. Professor Macklin’s research focuses on river system response to climate change, human-river environment interactions, palaeoflood studies, alluvial archaeology, flood risk assessment, and metal mining impacts on river basins. His research is conducted worldwide with current projects in the Sudanese Nile (ARC funded), the Indus basin (Leverhulme funded), Southern Europe (AU funded) and in the UK (CCCR funded).

Please direct any further enquiries to the Nathan Seminar Co-ordinator,
s.balcombe@griffith.edu.au
http://www.rivers.edu.au
Please direct any further enquiries to the Nathan Seminar Co-ordinator,

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