Call for abstracts: Loddon Showcase 2018

We are hosting the Loddon Showcase 2018 on 25 September from 12:30 to 4:00pm. This is an opportunity to present and learn about work related to the Loddon Observatory and Loddon catchment, and to network with stakeholders and UoR staff and students.

  • 12:30-14:30: Networking and poster lunch. Poster abstracts invited.
  • 14:30-15:00: 3-5min ‘madness’ presentations. Abstracts invited.
  • 15:00-16:00: Oral presentations. Abstracts invited.

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Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Anne Verhoef (Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading), on monitoring and prediction of pasture quality and productivity from satellites, a project undertaken at the University’s Shinfield Farm.
  • Jessica Ponting (Geography & Environmental Science, University of Reading), on her PhD project investigating the fate of potentially toxic elements in periodically flooded soils at the Loddon Floodplain Platform.
  • Alister Leggatt (Affinity Water) and Amanda Ingham (Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust) on their Payment for Ecosystem Services project, developed to incentivise farmers as producers of clean water in catchment at risk of diffuse pollution upstream of drinking water pumping stations.

Flooding: is it all water under the bridge? Pint of Science talks at the Best Western Plus Reading Moat House, Sindlesham – 16th May 2018

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Pint of Science is coming to Reading for the first time this year, bringing new and exciting science to your local pub! During this event (taking place from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th May 2018, in the evening), talks will be given by Reading University researchers, covering 3 main themes: Beautiful Mind, Our Body and Planet Earth. Each theme will run in parallel and take place in different venues.

As part of the Planet Earth theme, an evening on flood related talks will be hosted on 16th May from 7:30PM to 9:30PM (doors open at 7:00PM) in the Best Western Plus Reading Moat House at Sindlesham, a venue full of flood history.

Researchers from the University of Reading will take you on a journey down the river, from large scale atmospheric events to the flooding on your doorstep. The talks will give you an insight into the science of flood prediction, risk and people’s reaction to it, and will highlight some natural flood management solutions. In a venue full of flood history, you will find out why (the science of) flooding is not all water under the bridge!

More information can be found on the Pint of Science website.

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Here’s a summary of the talks:

If I told you your home would flood next winter, would you believe me?

Predicting whether a flood will occur in the next few days is challenging. So how about predicting a flood months in advance?! Impossible? Not quite. Challenging? Definitely! Yet, the stakes are high, as this would give us more time to better prepare for these events and reduce their damage. During this talk, I will discuss how changes in and interactions between the atmosphere, oceans and on land can help us predict river levels months in advance.

Holding back the water with soil, grass and trees: Could natural flood management work?

Dr Joanna Clark (Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Director of the Loddon Observatory)
@JoClarkUoR
We can’t stop the rain, but we can influence how and where water is stored and moves through our natural and urban landscapes. How we use and manage land upstream can either increase or decrease the risk of flooding downstream. In this talk, we will explore how different trees, crops and soil management techniques could enhance the ability of large areas of land upstream to store water below ground; whilst also producing food, drinking water and supporting biodiversity. We will consider what we can all do to help, from small allotment to large country estate. We are all catchment managers.

To dredge or not to dredge: Politics or Flood Risk Management Solution?

Phiala Mehring (Trustee of the National Flood Forum, Chair of the Loddon Valley Residents Association & PhD Student)
@PhialaM
How would you set about managing flooding? Dredge the river? Put up large flood defences? How effective would these be? A flood is water in the wrong place, well where ‘we’ deem is the wrong place. The problem is that when that ‘wrong place’ is someone’s lounge. Then it has serious negative consequences. It impacts their life, livelihood, health/welfare for years. Flooding seriously damages the quality of life for those it impacts. So, is a single action; a wall, dredging the river the solution or a political ploy to damped down (pun intended) the furore that comes with a large flood event?

Loddon Showcase: Work from Class of 2015 for Class of 2016

We are hosting a poster networking even on the 5 October 2016 for outgoing Loddon students (Class of 2015) to share their learning with incoming students (Class of 2016).  Posters will be displayed from Loddon Catchment Consultancy and Dissertation Projects.

Location: Sorby Room, Wager Building

Time: 13:30-16:00

Drinks and refreshments will be provided.  All welcome.

Catchment Based Natural Flood Risk Management Workshop

Date: 16 September 2016, 10:00-13:00

Location: 101 Hopkins Building, University of Reading

Organised by: Loddon Basin Flood Action Group, Loddon Catchment Partnership, University of Reading, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Thanks to all who attended.  Some photos from the workshop.  Report in progress and to be published soon.

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Loddon Observatory Showcase 2016

Date: 22nd July 2016, 15:00-17:00

Location: Sorby Room, Wager Building, University of Reading

Organised by: Joanna Clark, University of Reading.  Funded by University of Reading Faculty Teaching & Learning Fund.

 

Thanks to everyone who attended the poster networking event to showcase student work from 2015-16.  Posters presented below.

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Farming, Woodlands & Water

Date: 19 April 2016, 11-14:00:00

Location: School of Agriculture, University of Reading

Purpose: Loddon Woodlands Demonstration Project to support farmers, food production and water management

BASIS accredited 3 CPD points

Background

Agriculture is an important part of the UK economy supporting national food security. Land used for food production can also deliver other benefits for people, like improved drinking water quality and flood protection, when managed in an appropriate way.

There has been a lot of talk recently about how targeted woodland planting could help improve water quality and reduce flood risk by reducing diffuse pollution and surface runoff. Despite growing interest, progress is hampered by a lack of case-study examples where measurements have been made to demonstrate the effectiveness of woodland measures in lowland areas of southeast England.  As we all know, the countryside is not the same across the UK, and what works in one area might not work in another because of differences in farming systems, soils, slopes and weather conditions.

Real data is needed to provide reliable evidence to help farmers make decisions about Read more