5:00pm - 6:30pm




Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Welsh branch

Event description

The talk will introduce some of the general challenges of global water security (i.e. water availability and quality) and highlight the growing challenges of climate change, increasing population growth, floods, droughts and pollution.

The concept of virtual water will be introduced and the necessity for society, industry and governments to address water security challenges in a global framework. Examples will be given as to how western cultures, in countries such as the UK, can have a significant impact on water security for citizens living in many less well-developed parts of the world.

Some small changes in our behaviour could have a significant impact on water security in so many developing countries world-wide and we could have a marked impact on improving the quality of life for so many fellow citizens.

The need for a systems-based approach to water management, will also be discussed at the local river and coastal basin scale, with an example being given of a major study of the Ribble river basin and bathing water quality along the Fylde Coast, including Blackpool. The results highlight the significance of catchment management and sediment transport on Faecal Indicator Organism (FIO) levels affecting the bathing water quality.

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About the speaker

Professor Roger Falconer

Roger Falconer is Emeritus Professor of Water Engineering (since 2018) in the School of Engineering at Cardiff University, and an Independent Water and Environmental Engineering Consultant. He has held posts at the universities of Birmingham (Lecturer, 1977-86), Bradford (Professor 1987-97), and Cardiff (Professor 1997-18).

Roger has managed a wide range of research projects on hydro-environmental modelling and has been involved in over 100 EIA studies worldwide. He has published extensively in the field of water engineering and management, advises industry and government agencies, nationally and internationally, on water related topics, and regularly gives lectures and participates in media and TV interviews on topics such as: flooding, tidal range energy and global water security.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. He is an Honorary Member and Past-President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering & Research (2011-15) and was a member of the Trustee Board of CIWEM (2016-20).

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

This webinar will be hosted on the Zoom platform and will be recorded. Please note that registrations will close 24 hours before the event starts. If you have not registered before that time, unfortunately we cannot add you to the event. You will receive an email with joining instructions after you have successfully registered for the webinar and the registration has been approved by our team. If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

If you have any queries, please contact Vicky Greest at victoria.greest@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk or Tracey Dunford at Tracey.dunford@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk.

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