Soil Erosion: a global challenge
  • Plymouth Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Soil erosion challenges water, food and energy security. Loss of topsoil and nutrients threatens food production. Pollution and siltation of downstream water bodies impact water supply, hydroelectric power generation and the natural function of aquatic ecosystems.

Drawing from experience in logged tropical rainforest, burnt Australian landscapes, and the East African Rift System, this inaugural lecture will explore how catchment science evidence from advanced soil and sediment tracing tools can support land management and soil conservation decisions. Looking ahead, the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to tackle this global challenge, against increasing pressure from population growth and global change, will be highlighted.

The inaugural professorial lecture will be given by Will Blake, Professor of Catchment Science from the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

This lecture is open to all and starts at 17:00. Light refreshments will be available after the lecture.

To book a place, please contact Paula Simson (email: paula.simson@plymouth.ac.uk / tel: 01752 584503).

News release: Research assesses impact of soil erosion on land and communities in East Africa (6 December 2016)

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