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The Future of Water Quality Data

Friday, August 31, 2018

World Water Monitoring Day (now known as EarthEcho Water Challenge) is coming up on September 18th and droves of citizen scientists across the globe will head out to local waters to gain a snapshot of their water quality. If you are reading this blog, you may be one of the thousands of staff, volunteers, students, or researchers across the country who participate in World Water Monitoring Day or regularly monitor local streams, rivers, lakes, docks, or beaches.

Valuing Rivers: Dammed if we don't

Friday, August 31, 2018

"There are currently thousands of dams on the drawing board or under construction around the world. Many of these have been planned without fully counting the cost of what could be lost: food security, jobs and livelihoods, the flow of nutrients to fertilize agriculturally productive floodplains and deltas, and even the extinction of species, such as the Tapanuli Orangutan in Sumatra.

As climate instability bites and cities and countries bounce from one water crisis to the next, something has to be done urgently to protect and restore all the benefits of healthy rivers."

Therapeutic power of water on health

Friday, August 31, 2018

"People who take trips to bodies of water are more likely to go for longer walks or cycles, as well as swim, which helps lower their risk of developing chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But water can have other benefits too.

‘Blue spaces can directly reduce psychological stress and improve mood,’ said Dr White, who is also a lead researcher in BlueHealth, a project examining the relationship between this type of blue infrastructure and people’s health and wellbeing."

Warming water: What climate change holds for the Cape's fragile freshwater fishes, South Africa

Friday, August 31, 2018

In 2014, the Freshwater Research Centre (FRC), in collaboration with CapeNature and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), embarked on a study to investigate the potential consequences of climate warming for the unique and threatened freshwater fishes of South Africa’s Western Cape.

Find out more and watch the video here.

How natural capital is already influencing decision making

Friday, August 31, 2018

"As fires raged across moorland in the Peak District, representatives from the Environment Agency’s Cumbria pioneer project discussed their experience of applying a natural capital approach within a river catchment.

The project aims to test new tools and methods to document natural capital assets, map ecosystem services and design plans for investing and intervening in three Cumbrian sub-catchments covering 170 square kilometres.

Time-lapse map of river levels during the English summer heatwave

Thursday, August 30, 2018

In April 81 mm of rain fell across England, 45 per cent higher than the long-term average with eastern England getting most rain relative to usual patterns. This led to many rivers being much fuller than they usually are for the time of year.

However, in June just 15 mm of rain fell across the country - 75 per cent less than usual. The South East saw just three mm of rain throughout the whole of last month - 95 per cent down on the long-term average.