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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.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Next Seminar: Monday 26th November

Environmental Flows for Heavily Modified Catchments: getting real!
Geoff Petts, University of Westminster

Flow management to protect environmental services within riverine ecosystems below dams and abstractions remains a challenge despite more than three decades of research. This presentation returns to some basic hydrological questions, examining the UK practice of using the 95th percentile flow as the basis for setting 'hands-off flows' at abstractions and 'compensation flows' below dams. It then proposes the use of more flexible rules to mimic natural flow patterns with benefits to both riverine biota and abstractors in a future of hydrological uncertainty.

The seminar will be held in room 311 of the Geography and Environmental Sciences building at 4pm. All are welcome to attend.

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