Monday, 28 May 2012

North Wyke - a Piece of Cake!

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Just back from a terrific launch of the North Wyke farm platform. The approach taken in Devon is to instrument the entire grassland farm in 3 contrasting long term experimental systems - the ultimate systems biology of the landscape. Really impressed with the way the have done this - akin to the approach adopted in the UK DTC projects and complimentary to the EVO pilot framework. Well done North Wyke - live long and prosper (and jolly good cake art too!). If you click on the picture you will get a link to more pictures taken on the day.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Cool new video on the River Eden

The Eden Rivers Trust just made a funky new film to help raise awareness of the Eden River and its potential plight....

Monday, 14 May 2012

Exploring opportunities for knowledge exchange

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Today I have been with colleagues from the Defra DTC programme at Lancaster University exploring opportunities for knowledge exchange for catchment science. We identified that the immediate need was to produce a policy guidance note for helping Defra communicate issues of diffuse pollution to wider stakeholders. A longer term opportunity, needing more funding, is to make a short film to help communicate the issues. More on that later......

Friday, 11 May 2012

A meeting of minds

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I have just spent the day with colleagues from Lancaster University, Liverpool University, POL and CEH in a workshop thinking about new opportunities in water science. What was so exciting was that this particular grouping seemed to have the whole water cycle covered - from the soil pore through to the deep ocean (the only glaring 'hole' we identified was a lack of expertise on estuaries). I cannot remember a grouping of people that has ever had so much potential. We need to find a way to turn it into something.....

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The polluter pays principle: But who is the polluter?

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Currently sat in a workshop with Defra, EA and other colleagues discussing measures for diffuse pollution control. The debate focussed on the polluter pays principle. All well and good but who IS the polluter? Is it right to lump that blame on the farmer? I'm not convinced, we all have a role to play up the food chain, we all consume the food and the agricultural products. Maybe this highlights the importance of identifying the role of the food chain for understanding the complexities of diffuse pollution.....