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1 Jul 2016

Scientists across Europe to attend University conference

A conference exploring fine sedimentation pollution and its effect on habitat degradation and biodiversity loss is to be held next week, 6 July.

The conference, titled Hydroecology and the fine sediment Conundrum: quantifying mitigating and managing the issues, is funded by the British Hydrological Society with support from the Freshwater Biological Association and Environment Agency.

It has been organised by the Department of Geography to bring together individuals with an interest in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and aquatic ecology to discuss the need for increased awareness and understanding of sedimentation.

Freshwater scientists from universities across Europe are expected to attend, from research students through to prominent academics in the field. Consultants, river and water resource managers, policy-makers, stakeholders and researchers working at the sediment-ecology–flow interface will also be attending the event.

Kate Mathers, PhD Research student at the Centre for Hydrological and Ecosystem Science, comments: “Developing a greater understanding of fine sediment sources, transport pathways and the implications for aquatic habitats and ecology is essential for the development of appropriate mitigation and management techniques.

“We hope that hosting this meeting will stimulate lively discussions which will strengthen the scientific basis that underpins existing policies and management schemes. The meeting will bring together academic scientists and engineers in addition to those working at the forefront of environmental management. It is anticipated that by drawing upon the collective expertise and views of those attending stronger collaborative links will be established which are of benefit to all parties and most importantly help with the long term sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems.”

The conference is being held in the Stewart Mason building.