Webinars@SocEnv: CLIMATE CHANGE - A 2020 Perspective | Part 3
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Webinars@SocEnv: CLIMATE CHANGE - A 2020 Perspective | Part 3

When: Wednesday, 20th May 2020
11.00 - 12.00
Where: Society for the Environment Webinar
United Kingdom
Contact: Phil Underwood
+44 (0) 345 337 2951

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Part three of a four part series focused on the topic of "Climate Change - A 2020 Perspective". This new webinar series continues our cross-disciplinary, knowledge sharing, expert led webinars designed to provide good practice case studies and insight into key topics from a range of sectors - providing different perspectives, but all with the goal of protecting and enhancing our environment. 

We hear from Chartered Environmentalists from professional bodies, universities and independent consultancies. Sub-topics under the umbrella theme include the likely impact of climate change on global water security and the roles of materials, Environmental Impact Assessment and countryside professionals in tackling climate change.

While our CEnv speakers and those linked with their work are specialists in their field, they provide the perspectives from different sectors, which makes for an interesting debate. Each webinar includes a Q&A - with the opportunity to submit your questions prior to and during the webinar itself. 

To find out more about the speaker and their talk in part three, and/or to listen and participate for free on Wednesday, 20th May 2020 (12:00 - 13:00 BST), please keep reading. 


Global Water Security: The Need for a Holistic Approach

The talk will introduce some of the general challenges of global water security and highlight the likely global impact of climate change, increasing population growth and pollution on water resources, including flooding and droughts as highlighted increasingly in the media.

The nexus between water, food and energy will be introduced, along with the concept of virtual water, and the need for society, industry and governments to address water security challenges in a global framework.

Examples will be given as to how western originated cultures in countries such as the UK, can have a significant impact on the water security for citizens living in many less well-developed countries. The case that some small step changes in our behaviour could have a giant impact on water security in so many other countries will be discussed, along with how we could have a marked impact in improving the quality of life of so many fellow citizens world-wide, particularly in developing countries.

The concept of water security, and the need for a holistic approach to water management, will also be discussed at the local river and coastal basin scale. An example case study will be given of the Ribble river basin and its impact on the bathing water quality along the Fylde Coast, which includes the seaside resort of Blackpool. The results highlight the significance of catchment management and sediment transport on the Faecal Indicator Organism (FIO) levels affecting the bathing water quality. This example has generic applications and particularly where rivers flow down short and steep river basin catchments. 

By Roger Falconer CEnv - Emeritus Professor of Water Engineering at Cardiff University; Independent Water Consultant, Roger Falconer Water Consultancy Ltd  

Roger is Emeritus Professor of Water Management (Professor 1997-18) and Founding Director of the Hydro-environmental Research Centre (1997-15) in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. He graduated from Imperial College with a PhD in 1976, followed by posts at the universities of Birmingham (Lecturer, 1977-86) and Bradford (Professor, 1987-97 and Head of Department 1993-97).

He has managed a wide range of research projects on hydro-environmental modelling and has been involved in over 100 EIA studies worldwide. He has published extensively in the field of water management, advises governments and consulting companies in the UK and internationally on water related topics, and regularly gives lectures internationally on water security and participates in media and TV interviews on topics such as: flooding, tidal energy and global water security.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management. He is an Honorary Member and Past-President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research (2011-15) and a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist. 

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Other Webinars in this Series

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