Welcome to our blog!

Hi there and welcome to our new blog site for the Water Sciences Group at the University of Birmingham. We are a group of researchers who are interested in all things watery from ecology to water chemistry to hydrology and on! We hope that this page will be a place where we can discuss issues and advances in the science, provide some details of the research that we are doing and keep everyone informed of conferences, publications and such like that are coming up. Please feel free to post as much or as little as you want.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

PhD studentship available at Edinburgh

PhD studentship available:

Assessing the Effects of Red Mud Pollution in a Shallow Scottish Loch (Kinghorn Loch, Fife)

A fully funded NERC/CEH studentship is available from autumn 2011 FOR UK APPLICANTS ONLY. It will be based at CEH (Penicuik) in collaboration with Edinburgh University and SEPA, and supervised by Dr Bryan Spears and Dr Ian Winfield (CEH) and Dr Kate Heal (Edinburgh University).

For information about the studentship and applying see:

The deadline for applications is 30 January 2011.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

4th Developments in Water Treatment and Supply Conference

The UK Network on Potable Water Treatment and Supply encourages multidisciplinary research, education and development in the field of potable water treatment. Following the success of the previous three conferences, the purpose of this two day meeting is to promote the exchange of the latest information and developments in water resources,treatment and supply. Attended by over 100 delegates, the conference will provide an excellent opportunity for scientists,engineers, regulators and researchers working in all aspects of potable water provision to debate key issues.

The theme of the conference is applied research and development in all aspects of water treatment and supply. Abstracts are welcomed in any of the following areas:
○ Novel treatment processes
○ Distribution systems
○ Energy
○ Monitoring
○ Emerging contaminants
○ Sludge treatment
○ Treatment process optimisation
○ Asset management
○ Catchment management
○ Modelling and simulation

The price for the 2011 conference will be £350, which includes refreshments during both days and the conference dinner.

For further information, including conference themes and paper submission dates, please go to http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/aboutus/events/page49003.html, or contact waterdevelopments2011@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

new journal article

Global threats to human water security and river biodiversity
C. J. Vorosmarty1, P. B. McIntyre, M. O. Gessner, D. Dudgeon, A. Prusevich, P. Green, S. Glidden, S. E. Bunn,C. A. Sullivan, C. Reidy Liermann & P. M. Davies
Nature 467, 555-561 (2010)
Protecting the world’s freshwater resources requires diagnosing threats over a broad range of scales, fromglobal to local.Here we present the first worldwide synthesis to jointly consider human and biodiversity perspectives on water securityusing a spatial framework that quantifies multiple stressors and accounts for downstream impacts. We find that nearly 80% of the world’s population is exposed to high levels of threat to water security. Massive investment in water technology enables rich nations to offset high stressor levels without remedying their underlying causes, whereas less wealthy nations remain vulnerable. A similar lack of precautionary investment jeopardizes biodiversity, with habitats associated with 65% of continental discharge classified as moderately to highly threatened. The cumulative threat framework offers a tool for prioritizing policy and management responses to this crisis, and underscores the necessity of limiting threats at their source instead of through costly remediation of symptoms in order to assure global water security for both humans and freshwater biodiversity

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Post available for Festival of Ecology Manager

The BES is advertising for Festival of Ecology Manager (http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/1028378/festival-of-ecology-manager and http://www.britishecologicalsociety.org/jobs).  This post will develop and deliver our centenary celebrations and is a key appointment for the Society.

Monday, 16 August 2010

a quiet time

It is the middle of the summer holidays and things have gone very quiet with most of the group away on fieldwork or having a well earned rest.  Rest assured though, the water research carries on!  We will keep you posted on developments once the wanderers return!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

New paper in Journal of Hydrology

Laize, Cedric L.R.,. and Hannah, David M. 2010. Modification of climate–river flow associations by basin properties. Journal of Hydrology, 389. 186-204. 10.1016/j.hydrol.2010.05.048

IUGG 2011 Scientific Program now available on-line!

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IUGG 2011 Scientific Program now available on-line!

28 June – 7 July 2011

Dear Scientific Colleagues,
The Scientific Program Committee for the International Union of Geodesy & Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 28th June to 7th July, 2011, would like to announce that The Scientific Program is now available on the web.
There are 12 Union Symposia planned, many Symposia and Workshops that are jointly organised by the different Associations, and many more Symposia and Workshops specific to each of the eight IUGG Associations, including:
· IACS International Association of Cryospheric Sciences
· IAG International Association of Geodesy
· IAGA International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy
· IAHS International Association of Hydrological Sciences
· IAMAS International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
· IAPSO International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean
· IASPEI International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth’s Interior
· IAVCEI International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior
Each Association has their own special page of events and there is also a list of all other Symposia and Assembly Workshops that are related in some way to the Association.
Abstract Submissions and Registration will open on 16th August on the conference website: www.iugg2011.com. So now is the time to think about the symposia relevant to your research, the papers you want to submit, the workshops and fieldtrips you want to participate in, and the vacation you might want to take in Australia, New Zealand or the southwest Pacific after the conference!
We look forward to seeing you at IUGG 2011.
Peter Manins
Scientific Program Committee
IUGG 2011 Melbourne

6 Reasons to attend IUGG 2011
1. Opportunity to participate in an exciting, multi-disciplinary conference on cutting edge science.
2. Take part in an outstanding Scientific Program of plenary speakers, keynote speakers, symposia, fieldtrips and workshops.
3. Take a journey through the interactive poster presentations, exhibitions and sponsors displays that will be valuable and stimulating.
4. Visit a state of the art venue. The new Melbourne Convention Centre, completed in late 2009, is one of the most modern convention centres in the world.
5. Stay in one of the most live-able cities in the world, Melbourne is a beautiful city with fine buildings and spacious parks. Settlers from a variety of countries have given Melbourne a cosmopolitan outlook and the city has developed as the cultural, fashion, shopping, sporting and culinary centre of Australia.
6. Take that holiday in Australia and New Zealand that you’ve always wanted to take. Visit the rugged coastal scenery, vineyards and ski fields of southern Australia and New Zealand, or the warm beaches, the Great Barrier Coral Reef system and arid inland of the “Red Centre” of northern, tropical Australia, at the most perfect time climatically to visit the tropical north.

Don’t Miss Out! Register your interest now.
The Organising Commitee extends it's thanks to the generous support of IUGG 2011 to the following:
Major Sponsors
IUGG Associations

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Monday, 2 August 2010


Hi there and welcome to our new blog site for the Water Sciences Group at the University of Birmingham.  We are a group of researchers who are interested in all things watery from ecology to water chemistry to hydrology and on!  We hope that this page will be a place where we can discuss issues and advances in the science, provide some details of the research that we are doing and keep everyone informed of conferences, publications and such like that are coming up.  We won't be posting every day but there should be some activity every week.
Best wishes from the WSG