As one of my second year options I decided to take GY274 “An introduction to Remote Sensing”, a fantastic module led by Graeme Awcock. In this module we learnt a considerable amount about remote sensing and how it is a vital tool and skill for environmental assessment. Part of the assessment was developing a poster presentation from a choice of topics, to tell a story on how that geographic area had changed. On Thursday 21st January Graeme organised a poster show featuring 75 posters, so that we may see our fellow peer’s posters and also have a chance of assessing other people’s work. With this module being open to both second and third years it was a great opportunity to see the diversity of work; in presentation, topics and writing style. Remote Sensing is a skill I have enjoyed learning and is something I am hoping to implement into my third year dissertation.
Our teams work with lots of different organisations to provide research and help to find solutions to global issues.
Professor Huw Taylor and his team are working with The Body Shop Foundation and the U.S. Government on a £100,000 project to improve the management of sanitation in disaster zones. They have developed a unique low-cost solution to address sanitation emergencies that involved using a natural coagulant (slaked lime) to stabilise and sanitise excreta on-site.
Water and sanitation problems are the second biggest killer of children under five, worldwide. Every minute a child dies of a water related illness and 1 in 9 people lack access to safe water. They are worse in times of crisis, such as the outbreak of Ebola, or the recent earthquake in Nepal, and can lead to countless deaths from human waste-borne diseases.
Professor Taylor explained: “The funding we have received from USAID and The Body Shop Foundation will allow our research to offer an innovative and effective sanitation safety planning protocol to be used in the face of limited local knowledge. When this project is complete we hope that sanitation issues within disaster zones will be greatly changed for the better.”
Professor Taylor even makes an appearance in the current Body Shop catalogue! And you can find out more about this research at the Aquatic Research Centre page on the university website