The Department of Geography at Durham University is delighted to be able to offer a part-funded Masters by Research project (MRes) on linking catchment scale river pollution to freshwater habitats. Funding is available for tuition fees (home / EU rate) at Durham University for one year from October 2015. This project is in in partnership with the North York Moors National Park Authority and the Yorkshire Esk Rivers Trust and will besupervised by Professor Louise Bracken (Durham Geography), Professor Tim Burt (Durham Geography) and Simon Hirst (NYMNPA).
The finalists for the 2016 IRF European Riverprize have been announced. The three selected finalists are:
The University of Worcester is offering a three-year Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in River Science and Freshwater Ecology. The appointee will carry out a selected research project under the supervision of Dr Tory Milner (University of Worcester; UW), Dr Ian Maddock (UW) and Dr Rachel Stubbington (Nottingham Trent University). The post holder will also gain experience in teaching at HE level and, following their work at Worcester, will be well equipped to apply for university lectureships.
An update has been made to the data & GIS package that is available to catchment partnerships. Another update is set to be released later this autumn. The March 2015 update to the data & GIS package is now available, it includes: Landcover maps (LCM 2000 & 2007), Risk of flooding from rivers and sea (NAFRA), Surface water flooding as well as:
Trent Rivers Trust has released a video of its SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems) model which explains the benefits of SuDS to the environment.
These proceedings of the International Conference 'Novel Approaches to Assess and Rehabilitate Modified Rivers', which took place from 30th June to 2nd July 2015 in Wageningen (the Netherlands), contain the extended summaries of nearly all keynotes and oral presentations as well as several poster presentations. They are preceeded by a description of the scope, objectives and topics of the conference, feedback from the advisory and a visual impression of conference. The contributions are grouped within the six conference topics:
The recently produced deliverable D3.4 of REFORM, a Guidance to detect impact of HyMo degradation on riparian ecosystems, addresses such possible complications and includes guidance on how to identify impacts of hydromorphological degradation on riparian ecosystems. In addition, many of the findings gathered in the document are directly relevant to assessing in-stream conditions.
Next year's conference will be held in Blackpool on the 26th and 27th of August. We are looking for abstracts under the title: "Planning, delivery and evaluation of our rivers: Challenges and choices". There are three specific themes underneath this overarching theme:
The RRC has secured new funding from The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation which will enable us to expand to meet the needs of the growing area of locally driven river restoration projects. Traditionally the RRC has provided information and advice to key agencies, consultants, and contractors, whilst making guidance documents openly available to all sectors. However this new funding will enable us to extend this support to third sector groups, such as River and Wildife Trusts, and local catchment partnerships.
JBA Trust is fully funding places on Lancaster University’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Postgraduate Certificate course in 2015/16.
The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Flood and Coastal Risk Management will equip delegates with theory, practical skills and experience of industry best practice for modelling, understanding and managing risk.