The Water Institute is please to host Dr. Nigel Watson, Lancaster Environment Centre, UK to deliver a Water Institute Lecture. His talk is titled: Learning at Loweswater: An experiment in interdisciplinary water science and collaborative catchment management. This lecture is open to the public and will also be webcast.
Interdisciplinary research and collaborative management are widely regarded as important strategies for tackling the growing number of complex and intractable water-related problems and challenges that affect human well-being and development. Nevertheless, the two approaches are often discussed and applied quite separately. At present, it isn’t entirely clear how interdisciplinarity and collaboration might be productively used together, particularly when attention is focused on improving understanding and action at a catchment or watershed scale.
'Understanding and Acting at Loweswater' was a three-year experimental project that attempted to combine interdisciplinary science and community-based learning in an effort to collaboratively resolve a blue-green algae problem on a small lake in Cumbria, North West England. In this seminar, I will outline the rationale for the project, examine its distinctive approach and impacts, and discuss how insights and learning from Loweswater might be developed and applied more widely in water research and management.