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We created this blog site to feature opinion pieces and members thoughts on current events. If you are a member of water@leeds and would like to contribute to the site, please contact Rebecca (r.slack@leeds.ac.uk)  to discuss your idea.

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Recent blog posts

Some blog posts from members of water@leeds include:

The Arabian Desert is one of the most arid areas of land on Earth, a place in which Bedouins have experienced tremendous hardship in accessing water, particularly in the pre-oil era. In this short blog, I will shed some light on the Bedouin lifestyle in Dhofar and how they have coped with water shortage. The work draws on data collected during a three-year project to document the endangered Modern South Arabian Languages spoken in Oman and Yemen. The project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and hosted at the University of Leeds. Read more here.

Interview and article by Sarah Reed, University of Leeds Press Officer

A species of alga that resembles the planet Saturn has been discovered for the first time in the British Isles.

The algal species, which is classified as Saturnella saturnus, was discovered by PhD student Jeannie Beadle from the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. Her research looks at pools of water created by peatland restoration measures in the Pennines, such as drain-blocking, with this particular find coming from Moor House-Upper Teesdale Nature Reserve in March 2014. You can read more about the discovery here.

As part of the ‘Clean Water For All’ (CWFA) research initiative, Dr Sangaralingam Ahilan  travelled to the U.S. on 3rd May for two weeks for co-location research work with U.S. academics at Portland State University (PSU) in Portland, Oregon. This post describes Sangaralingam Ahilan’s personal and research experiences of his first visit to Portland, Oregon.

Research Experiences

Portland is a Blue Green city in which people and nature can co-exist in the highly developed urban environment.  The city actively promotes storm water management through onsite infiltration and flow control measures to reduce storm water runoff into the street and sewer.  In most parts of Portland, separate storm sewer systems are being implemented to overcome the risk of Combined Sewer Overflows during prolonged rain storms.  This will help protect water courses from microbial pollution and greatly benefit human health, fish and wildlife habitat. You can read more about his experiences here.

By John Marsham (water@leeds Research Fellow) and the research team

According to recent estimates, there are more than 140,000 users of solar cookers in the refugee camps of Chad and the low-cost, low-tech and easy to manufacture cookers have the potential to help many of the world’s poorest communities, but their successful operation is dependent on sufficient direct surface insolation. Although ground-based measurements of direct sunshine with a better than hourly time resolution do exist, the network over North and West Africa is very sparse. This project made use of multi-year satellite observations of airborne dust and cloud to derive a spatially complete climatology of conditions suitable for solar cooking in North and West Africa. This climatology will inform future distribution of the technology across the region. Results from the study will be appearing soon in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society . You can read more of this blog post here.

This week I’ve been at the WASH2014 conference in Brisbane Australia (www.watercentre.org/events/wash2014/about-wash2014 ).  The conference brought together 340 delegates from 38 countries to reflect on how practitioners might work towards achieving a vision of global access to WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).  The conference was the brainchild of the Australian WASH Reference Group, is supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and is delivered by the International Water Centre in Brisbane (http://www.watercentre.org/ ).To read more please click here to be taken to this blog post.