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Our work in action

We're proud to showcase some of our most recent successes in our mission to tackle some of the most important and challenging research questions associated with contemporary environmental risk and response.

  • Climate Just - A new website, which was a culmination of five years of research work for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation launched after a tour of the English regions between December 2014 and February 2015. The first 24 hours of the site saw 1,200 users and some 5,000 page views.
  • Geography@Manchester (Martin Evans, Jason Dortch, Claire Goulsbra, Philip Hughes, James Rothwell, Emma Shuttleworth, and Jamie Woodward) hosted the British Society for Geomorphology Annual Conference, 1st – 3rd September 2014.
  • James Rothwell and Clive Agnew spent the first week of March 2014 on fieldwork in Dar Es Salaam and Dhaka, as part of a recently funded NERC-ESRC-DFID project on ecosystem services and disservices in urban Bangladesh and Tanzania. Slum settlements were visited in each city and a series of workshops were held with project partners and NGOs. This was the first of several trips over the next two years. The trip was related to a £444k project entitled ‘Institutions for Urban Poor’s Access to Ecosystem Services: A Comparison of Green and Water Structures in Urban Bangladesh and Tanzania’. This 30 month project is part of NERCs large research programme on Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA). The project is carried out in collaboration with colleagues in GDI and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science and with Lancaster and Ardhi Universities. The project builds on the recently completed EU CLUVA project.
  • New funding on analysing forest fire in the forest-urban interface under the NERC PURE programme
  • Karl Hennermann worked in South Sudan (25 Jan - 12 Feb 2014) with MapAction to support UN OCHA with mapping and information management in the context of the protracted humanitarian crisis and the recent outbreak of violence in the country. 
  • The Peak District National Park launched their "Be Fire Aware" publicity campaign at the Edale Moorland Centre in Derbyshire in July 2014. The campaign highlights the risk and consequences of accidental wildfires to the public. The Knowledge for Wildfire project were in attendance at the launch, where innovative wildfire mapping software, based on work from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, was on show. For more details visit 
  • Gareth Clay spent 10 days travelling through the wilds of Scandinavia in early July as part of a Royal Geographical Society funded research trip (Peter Fleming Award). The aim of the work was to sample soils and vegetation across a climatic transect to look at the way carbon is processed through the ecosystem. This involved driving 3500km from Copenhagen, Denmark to Kirkenes, Norway, crossing the Arctic Circle and from forests into the tundra. Permafrost features featured heavily in the latter stages of the trip including this rather impressive palsa mire dome.
  • Laura Edwards attended the International Glaciological Society International Symposium on the Contribution of Glaciers and Ice Sheets to Sea-level Change in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France from 26-30th May. Laura received funding for this meeting from Manchester Geographical Society and presented a poster entitled 'Spatial Correlations Between Ice Cap Mass Balance And Polynya Extent In The Canadian High Arctic: 1980-2006'. The meeting was a great success and Laura has been invited to give a seminar on my work at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, in October as a result of the meeting. 
  • Gareth Clay and Fred Worrall’s (Durham) recent work on heather as a potential bioenergy crop was featured on the NERC Planet Earth website “Heather could be an energy source” 
  • Our research was much in evidence at the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Vienna, 27th April – 2nd May 2014 
  • Research in the news - NERC article Pollution accumulated in green roof soils could contaminate water.
  • Murray Lark, Barry Rawlins, Karen Anderson, Martin Evans, Luke Farrow, Miriam Glendell, Mike James, Jane Rickson, Timothy Quine, John Quinton, and Richard Brazier (2014) Designing a national soil erosion monitoring network for England and Wales
  • Gareth McShane, Mike R. James, John Quinton, Karen Anderson, Leon DeBell, Martin Evans, Luke Farrow, Miriam Glendell, Lee Jones, Matthew Kirkham, Murray Lark, Barry Rawlins, Jane Rickson, Tim Quine, Andy Wetherelt, and Richard Brazier (2014) Comparing and combining terrestrial laser scanning with ground-and UAV-based imaging for national-level assessment of soil erosion
  • Donald Edokpa, James Rothwell, and Martin Evans (2014) Dissolved organic nitrogen flux and bioavailability in a UK peatland catchment.
  • Martin Evans, Tim Allott, Fred Worrall, James Rowson, and Rachael Maskill (2014) Validating a topographically driven model of peatland water table: Implications for understanding land cover controls on water table.
  • Tim Allott, Martin Evans, Clive Agnew, Dave Milledge, Mike Pilkington, and Rachael Maskill (2014) Impacts of peat restoration on peak flow characteristics of upland headwater catchments.
  • Claire Goulsbra, Martin Evans, Tim Allott, Chris Evans, Rebecca Flint*, and Katherine Mcmorron* (2014) Laboratory investigations into the potential for transformation of POC to dissolved and gaseous forms.
  • Fred Worrall, Gareth Clay, Catherine Moody, and Tim Burt (2014) Understanding multiple element budgets of peatlands - a role for simple stoichiometry?
  • Claire Goulsbra, Martin Evans, Tim Allott, James Rowson, and Chris Evans (2014) The effect of particulate organic carbon deposition (POC) on the gaseous carbon budget of a floodplain in an actively eroding peatland.
  • James Rothwell, Karen Hudson-Edwards, Kevin Taylor, David Polya, Martin Evans, and Tim Allott (2014) Sequestration of arsenic in ombrotrophic peatlands.
  • Gareth Clay convened ‘Peatlands and the Carbon Cycle’.
  • Contributions to Wildfire 2013 - a biennial conference for all those working on researching and managing wildfire risk in the UK wildfires in the UK. Contributions included:
    • An update from the Knowledge for Wildfire (KfWf) project
    • Gareth Clay – “Controls on the formation, transport and fate of charcoal from moorland wildfires”
    • Richard Donlan – “The Geography of vegetation fires in Greater Manchester: adding value to Fire and Rescue Service incident data”
    • Gail Millin-Chalabi, Julia McMorrow, Clive Agnew – “Detecting moorland wildfire scars and their persistence in the landscape using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR); Peak District National Park”
    • All information, reports, abstracts and posters available on the KfWf website.