Freshwater systems are among the most endangered habitats in the world due to development, pollution and climate change. Thus, our rivers, lakes and wetlands and the functions they provide are at risk.
Our research is essential to sustainably manage the supply and use of water, provide a healthy environment and enhance resilience of ecosystems and people to water-related risks in a changing world (e.g. more extreme droughts and floods)
- Our work has developed ‘citizen science’ and cultural perspectives to ensure research is relevant and actionable by local communities
- We are understanding the root causes of how chemicals harm organisms including humans by application of cutting-edge technologies.
- We have developed solutions to maintain essential natural capital, green infrastructure, biodiversity and ecosystem services for social and economic wellbeing.
- Birmingham leads the way in ensuring that below-ground infrastructure is for for purpose, now and into the future
The research generated have been use by water managers to support decisions regarding adaptation to climate change, and to manage contamination and water quality problems, It also serve as an inputs for business and governmental organizations to inform on how to prepare and reduce the impact of future flood event. It also informs policy makers on how to improve global greenhouse gas estimates by incorporating emissions from surface waters and freshwater sediments.