Inaugural lecture: 'Water in a changing environment: too much, too little, too hot?'
- Muirhead Tower - G15 (large ground floor lecture theatre)
- Lectures Talks and Workshops, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Speaker: Professor David Hannah, Head of School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Understanding how water in our environment responds to climate and other drivers of change is a major challenge for the hydrological sciences. Too much water (flood), too little water (drought) or water that is too hot (extreme temperature) can have profound consequences for aquatic ecosystems and people. It is vital we quantify changes in hydrological fluxes and stores (such as precipitation, river flows and glaciers), and unravel the multiple and synergistic causes of change (including climate, land use and human factors). Such knowledge is imperative to reduce uncertainty over future projections, and develop sustainable water policies and adaption strategies for the betterment of ecosystems and society.