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Complexity and uncertainty in catchment management Posted: 23/02/2009

The immense complexity of human and natural systems within river catchments that underlie human welfare, and the resultant uncertainty regarding their dynamics, means catchment planning that aims to maximise the sustainability of management is exceptionally difficult. This complexity and uncertainty was the focus of the Fourth Annual Conference of the Catchment Science Centre at the University of Sheffield that took place on the 12th of February 2009, which aimed to explore these issues and the role of the research community has in dealing with them.

The conference proved very interesting with a discussion of the nature of the complexity in catchment management by Graham Harris of Lancaster University, introductions to approaches that help deal with this complexity by several researches from the University of Sheffield, and the perspective of Geoff Bateman of the Environment Agency on the future of river basin planning. URSULA was represented with a talk by Tom Wild and Ed Shaw who presented ‘Space, scale and sustainability – emerging views on indicators in URSULA’; which covered developing ideas regarding the approach URSULA will take in evaluating interventions within Sheffield’s urban river corridors. There were also several posters from URSULA researchers which you can view by clicking on their titles below:


Application of the ecosystem service framework to an ecosystem management problem – Ed Shaw

Responding to Climate Change in Urban River Corridors - Abigail Hathway

Construction of Urban River Visualisations - Lewis Gill