22 May 2019
(doors open at 5.45pm)
Renold Building, University of Manchester, Renold Building, Altrincham Street, Manchester, M1 7JA
Jamie will explore our changing relationship with the rivers of Manchester from the Industrial Revolution to the menace of microplastics.
Recent research by a team in the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester has shone a light on a new contamination issue in UK rivers. Microplastics are present in all the rivers of the region from the Pennine headwaters to the city of Manchester. One reach in the River Tame has the highest concentration of microplastics so far recorded in any aquatic environment worldwide. This talk will set out the background to this microplastics research and show how the major floods in the winter of 2015/2016 allowed the first measurements of microplastics transfer through a drainage network. A key finding of this research is the demonstration that heavily populated urban rivers are the main supplier of microplastics to the oceans.
Jamie will argue that this is fundamentally a geographical problem. To tackle the problem we need to better understand the sources and associated river basin processes, improve our management of wastewater, and change our behaviour. Jamie is Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Manchester. He is a Trustee of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the British Society for Geomorphology.
All are welcome to attend a drinks reception before the lecture at 5.45pm.
The image shows microbeads collected from the bed of the River Mersey near Urmston.
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