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[Feb 10] "Water resources assessment in a changing climate"
added on 14 12 2009 by Clare Black
Climate change will add to the challenge of balancing water supply and demand, particularly in the most water stressed locations in the UK. In their business Read more..

Climate change will add to the challenge of balancing water supply and demand, particularly in the most water stressed locations in the UK. In their business plans for PR09 water companies endeavoured to take the impacts of climate change into account using the best available evidence. However, because this analysis by water companies predated the UKCP09 scenarios, Ofwat has excluded some £1.5billion of climate change driven investment in water resources from the Final Determination, and has identified the issue as a Notified Item for affected companies.
Water companies now urgently need to use the UKCP09 scenarios to reassess their water resources. UKCP09 provides new information on uncertainties in climate projections, expressed as probability distributions. The UKCP09 scenarios are accompanied by a weather generator, which enables continuous simulation of rainfall series and correlated variables that are representative of future climates
Use of probabilistic scenarios and weather generators is a field where academic research is now well in advance of industry practice, and, having partnered the University of East Anglia in developing the CP09 weather generator, Newcastle University (Professor Chris Kilsby) has substantial expertise in this area. There is also considerable experience of addressing some of the more problematic issues associated with UKCP09, including spatially correlated scenarios, inter-annual variability and persistent droughts. Moreover, research on risk-based decision making has explored how probabilistic information on climate uncertainties can be incorporated in assessments alongside other sources of uncertainty. These are areas where the NERC Catchment Change Network can help to address the urgent challenges that the water industry now faces in incorporating UKCP09 in water resources assessment.
The Catchment Change Network workshop on “Water resources assessment in a changing climate” will demonstrate methods for use of the UKCP09 scenarios in water resources assessment and will explore mechanisms for urgently transferring this knowledge to water companies so that they can update their water resources assessments using the best available science. We see CCN as a real opportunity to improve the way in which change in catchment response is assessed in management practice and very much hope therefore that you will be able to make a contribution to this initiative.

I’d be grateful at this stage if you could you confirm your attendance for this event via email (r.alcock@lancaster.ac.uk).

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[Mar 24] Water quality standards or carbon reduction - is there a balance?
added on 14 12 2009 by Clare Black
Policy Overview Dr Arthur Thornton, Regulatory Compliance and Research, Water and Environment, Atkins Mireille Bogaart, Doctoral Read more..

Policy Overview

Dr Arthur Thornton, Regulatory Compliance and Research, Water and Environment, Atkins
Mireille Bogaart, Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Environmental Law, University of Amsterdam
Dr Mike Keil, Head of Climate Change Policy, OFWAT
Karen Simpson, Principal Consultant, and Martin Hall, Head of Strategic Consulting, Mouchel
Robert Cunningham, Head of Water Policy, RSPB
Dr Mark Williams, Environmental Regulation and Climate Change Manager, Scottish Water

Policy Implementation

Dr. Julian Wright, Policy Advisor for Climate Change, Environment Agency
John Martin, Waste Water Regulation Manager, and Frank Grimshaw, Economic Regulation Manager, Severn Trent Water
Stephen Bolt, Director of Environment and Sustainability, WYG
David Sivil, Consultant Engineer, WRc plc
Dr. Tony Warn, MBE, Policy Manager (Water Quality), Environment Agency
Chris Mooij, Director, Metoc

Case Studies

Chris Barker, Environmental Regulation Business Area Manager, and Adrian Johnson, Carbon Management Business Area Manager, MWH Global
Harry Tribe, Associate Director – Process Technology, ENTEC
Jane E. Madden, Vice President, CDM, USA
Sue Horsfall, Northumbrian Water
James Newton, Mott MacDonald
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First CCN Workshop on Water Scarcity 10th February 2010
added on 10 12 2009 by Clare Black
Our first CCN Workshop on Water Scarcity will be held at the University of Birmingham School of Medical and Dental Sciences on Wednesday 10th February Read more..

Our first CCN Workshop on Water Scarcity will be held at the University of Birmingham School of Medical and Dental Sciences on Wednesday 10th February 2010.

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New maps show impacts of climate warming
added on 10 12 2009 by Clare Black
As world leaders gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, a new map has been launched that highlights the importance of limiting mean Read more..

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference, a new map has been launched that highlights the importance of limiting mean global temperature rise to no more than 2 °C above those prior to the industrial revolution. The Met Office map called ‘The impacts of a global temperature rise of 2 °C’ has been produced to complement a similar map, published in October by the UK Government and the Met Office, exploring at the impacts on a world if the mean temperature was allowed to climb to 4 °C above the pre-industrial climate average. The two maps together show the range of climate impacts that can be avoided if we act now to reduce global emissions to keep global temperatures below 2°C.

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[Jun 23] Water Quality 2010
added on 09 12 2009 by Clare Black
Water Quality 2010 offers a unique forum to discuss the many issues that affect the quality of water, from land management to Read more..

Water Quality 2010 offers a unique forum to discuss the many issues that affect the quality of water, from land management to water treatment processes.

With a changing climate and growing global population, water resources will be under an enormous strain and it is important that water quality is maintained to ensure safe drinking water and water suitable for food production as well as considering the implications for the wider environment. This conference provides an opportunity to discuss current and emerging issues of global water quality relevance.

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