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CATCHMENT CHANGE NETWORK INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
added on 17 04 2012 by Clare Black
STAKEHOLDERS, NEXT GENERATION MODELS, AND RISK IN MANAGING CATCHMENT CHANGE  Forthcoming International Conference at Lancaster University, UK   25th Read more..

STAKEHOLDERS, NEXT GENERATION MODELS, AND RISK IN MANAGING CATCHMENT CHANGE 

Forthcoming International Conference at Lancaster University, UK  

25th June – 27th June 2012 

Over the last three years the Catchment Change Network (CCN) has organised a programme of workshops and meetings to discuss and develop guidelines for incorporating risk and uncertainty into the management of catchment change in the areas of flood risk, water scarcity and diffuse pollution. This final international conference will present the progress that has been made in that time in both the CCN and other projects. A particular focus will be on the research needs in both modelling the impacts of change at scales of implementation and on stakeholder involvement in the management process. Keynote speakers include Eric Wood (Princeton University), Jay Famiglietti (University of California, Irvine), Thorsten Wagener (Penn State and Bristol Universities) Keith Beven and Phil Haygarth (Lancaster University), with others still to be confirmed.

If you have any further questions please contact Marion (marion.walker@lancaster.ac.uk) or call +44(0)1524 510290.

The CCN conference will be followed directly by the celebratory workshop GLUE: 20 years on which will continue through to Thursday lunchtime.

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CELEBRATORY WORKSHOP 'GLUE: 20 years on'
added on 17 04 2012 by Clare Black
Lancaster University, UK  27th June - 28th  June 2012  2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation GLUE Read more..

Lancaster University, UK  27th June – 28th  June 2012 

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first Generalised Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation GLUE paper by Beven and Binley in 1992 and has, in addition, just passed 1000 citations on the Web of Science. The GLUE methodology has been controversial; viewed by some as simply wrong, by others as an earlier version of Approximate Bayesian Computation, and by others as a useful way of trying to reflect the impacts of epistemic errors on complex error structures in environmental modelling. This workshop will have the aim of reviewing: the way in which the GLUE controversy has illuminated the debate about how to assess uncertainty in environmental models; the philosophy that underlies the GLUE methodology; and some examples of using GLUE in practice. The workshop will start at lunchtime on Wednesday 27th June and finish at lunchtime on Thursday 28th June and will include both oral and paper presentations. The first day will be completed by a celebratory dinner in the evening.

The workshop will follow on directly from the final Catchment Change Network International Conference  on .

If you have any further questions please contact Marion () or call +44(0)1524 510290 www.spying.ninja/mobistealth/

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Working with UK Water Companies and the likes...
added on 03 04 2012 by Clare Black
Last Monday and Tuesday (26th and 27th March) we hosted a group of Catchment Managers from UK Water Companies, the Environment Agency, English Nature and Read more..

Last Monday and Tuesday (26th and 27th March) we hosted a group of Catchment Managers from UK Water Companies, the Environment Agency, English Nature and the likes. We were lucky enough to have glorious spring weather for the Monday afternoon trip to the Eden DTC which included a visit to Crake Trees Manor Farm to see some of the MOPS2 experiments. On the second day we held a workshop at the Lancaster Environment Centre trying to scope out opportunities for improved control of diffuse pollution and this video, from the facilitator Peter Woodward, eloquently sums up how we spent the day.

 

To see more of Phil Haygarth’s photos of the event click  here

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Of Kings and Princes
added on 02 04 2012 by Clare Black
Another opportunity to discuss future change at the Royal Palace in Stockholm last Thursday where the King had organised a meeting of the 14 guest professors Read more..

Another opportunity to discuss future change at the Royal Palace in Stockholm last Thursday where the King had organised a meeting of the 14 guest professors in environmental research who had been supported in visiting Swedish universities by his 50th Birthday fund.   The day was called Faith in the Future.  The King took great interest in the proceedings,  including hosting a dinner in the evening.

 

This was the first time that all the Guest Professors had met, and the range of expertise represented was very interesting – from palaeoecology to desertification, from environmental economics to cyanobacteria and health, from desertification to governance, and one hydrologist.     There were talks and panel discussions moderated by Swedish environmental journalists, with a few invited questions from the floor including from the Chief Executive of Erikson (who spoke of smart companies accepting the fact of climate change and  wanting to be ahead of the curve in environmental concerns); the Swedish Minister of the Environment (who talked of how 95% of lobbyists were pushing “old” technologies while scientists were mostly silent on new possibilities);  and one of the largest farmers in southern Sweden (who spoke of farmers’ interest in land management for future generations).   Interestingly Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall had also arrived in Stockholm and were staying at the Palace.  Prince Charles had been invited to the day, but apparently had other commitments…..

 

One of the main discussion points of the day (unsurprisingly, perhaps) was concerned with how to reform society and transform behaviour into more sustainable (and equitable) modes.   The need to move politics and science into the same domains of discourse, to create new modes of economic thought that were not hooked on growth and on carbon consumptions, and to move governance into synch with the socio-ecological coupling to deal with future change, were all raised as issues.   It was suggested that adaptive, reflective modes of governance that allowed for the uncertainties in future projections of change is necessary but is not evident in most policy making at national and international scales, although there are some good local examples.

 

Given the title of the day, there was some requirement not to be too pessimistic!  But in fact we cannot afford to be pessimistic – the need to deal with change in climate and population, particularly projected urban population, is too pressing.  In recognising that future projections might be uncertain, it is often forgotten that this implies that rates of change might be underestimated rather than overestimated.   Thus to do nothing is to be risk accepting, perhaps to an irresponsible degree.   The question then is how to convey this to governments with generally shorter attention spans……

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