Geography, Earth and environment at Brighton

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Brighton academic spotlights water pollution reporting failings

Pioneering research by Dr Sarah Purnell on flaws in water and sewerage company pollution reporting has been published in a leading global journal. The study published in the journal PLOS ONE by Dr Purnell – a Principal Research Fellow in the School of Applied Sciences – marks the first external analysis of nationwide pollution incident…

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Professor Nash analysing stone core

First glimpse inside the giant stones of Stonehenge

Professor David Nash has led a team taking the first glimpse inside one of Stonehenge’s giant sarsen stones, providing new insights into these iconic objects.

Brighton’s pioneering research examining men’s unwanted sexual experiences

University of Brighton is running a groundbreaking research project spotlighting the widely overlooked area of men’s unwanted sexual experiences (MUSE). Led by Dr Carl Bonner-Thompson and Dr Kirsty McGregor, MUSE is speaking to some of the many men who have had unwanted sexual experiences at some point in their life, focusing initially on the London and South East region…

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Air monitoring station

Clean Air Day sees Brighton observatory partner with leading national air quality network

In the run-up to Clean Air Day on 17 June, the Brighton Atmospheric Observatory has joined up with a globally-recognised UK observatory network. The Brighton Atmospheric Observatory (BAO) has joined up with NERC’s National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) as a community observatory under the Atmospheric Monitoring and Observations Facility (AMOF) network – a move which puts…

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River researcher honoured with prestigious Royal Geographic Society Award

Professor Phil Ashworth has received the Cuthbert Peek Award for pioneering research that has boosted understanding of river dynamics and flooding worldwide. The Cuthbert Peek Award recognises those “advancing geographical knowledge of human impact on the environment through the application of contemporary methods, including those of earth observation and mapping”. It is one of a…

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Dr Kevin Wyche

Major grant to Brighton for urgent research into air transmission of COVID-19

University of Brighton atmospheric expert Kevin Wyche has received an urgent response research grant to further his work on COVID-19 transmission in the air.

Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou

Brighton researcher leads the way in vital mapping of mysterious Atlantic depths

Pioneering deep sea research carried out by Brighton lecturer Dr Aggeliki Georgiopoulou has been highlighted in a feature by Eco magazine. Dr Georgiopoulou is Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment and Technology,and was chief scientist on an expedition in 2018 aboard the Irish Research Vessel Celtic Explorer that is producing important – and sometimes astonishing – findings about…

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informal settlements in India

Delivering new insights to improve sanitation across developing economies

The University of Brighton is delivering pioneering research to help address the sanitation crisis across Asia and Africa. The work of the University aims to enhance off–grid economies and improve the wellbeing of poor and vulnerable women and men, and marginalised communities such as Dalits, migrants, sanitation workers and refugees. An interdisciplinary team from across…

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Annie in Westminster

Brighton researcher claims European Geosciences Union prize

Dr Annie Ockelford has been recognised for bringing geoscience to a wider audience by Europe’s leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research. Dr Ockelford, a geomorphologist  who specialises in the study of rivers, including flooding and microplastics, has received the Katia and Maurice Krafft Award by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which has…

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Could a reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions cause other problems?

Research involving the University of Brighton during COVID-19 lockdown claims that while some harmful pollutants declined, others were able to thrive. The research, led by Dr Kevin Wyche, Principal Lecturer in Atmospheric Science, found that a reduction of vehicles on the road during UK lockdown led to a reduction in the levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in…

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