Academic Research

£2.5m funding for Southampton-led environmental technology training

The new NEXUSS CDT will train students in the use of innovative autonomous observation systems

The University of Southampton is to share in £2.5m funding to train the environmental scientists and engineers of the future in the use of smart and autonomous observation systems (SAOS).

Innovative sensor platforms such as drones and autonomous robotic submarines play an increasingly important role in environmental science, carrying out tasks from monitoring air pollution to exploring the deep ocean. Read more »

Using Gameplay to Challenge our Understanding of Sustainable Fishing

Screenshot of gameplay from the ecoOcean overfishing simulation game

A new and innovative computer game has been developed that allows players to experience and explore the complexities of sustainable fishing. The game has been used as an interactive stakeholder communication measure by the EC-funded SOCIOEC project, an initiative that was dedicated to investigating the socio economic effects of fisheries management measures of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The game allows players to directly investigate the effects of different fisheries management measures on fishermen’s behaviour. Read more »

Taking nature's best ideas to solve human problems

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The IBERS living walls on Gogerddan campus

A newly established Plants & Architecture Network has been set up between Aberystwyth, Bangor and Cardiff Universities with funding via Welsh Government’s Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and the Environment (NRN-LCEE). Read more »

Scientists develop tool to help communities stay environmentally and socially ‘healthy’

Geographers at the University of Southampton have developed a new way to measure the ‘health’ of poor regional communities. They aim to improve the wellbeing of people by guiding sustainable development practices to help avoid social and environmental collapse.

The researchers have pioneered a methodology that examines the balance between factors such as: standards of living, natural resources, agriculture, industry and the economy. The results help identify critical limits, beyond which regions risk tipping into ecological and social downturn, or even collapse. Read more »

Taxing ammunition pushes cost-sensitive bushmeat hunters to conserve wildlife

After the cost of ammunition increased, Amazonian hunters hunted much less small animals, like these toucans, than before. (Photo © Eriberto Gualinga)

Hunting of bushmeat is one major cause of biodiversity loss in tropical countries. Research has shown that consumers of wildlife are price sensitive and that the quantity of meat purchased is influenced by the cost of bushmeat and its substitutes. Now also the behavior of the hunters has been studied. Read more »

New high-detail atlas offers tool to explore local environment and health

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Researchers have launched a detailed atlas with environment and health maps at a fine scale across England and Wales. The open-access atlas allows researchers, policy makers and members of the public to study the geographical pattern of 14 diseases and conditions such as lung cancer, breast cancer, heart disease, leukaemia and low birth weight.

Alongside this it provides maps of geographical variations of selected environmental agents such as air pollution, sunshine and pesticides. Read more »

Are wind farms changing Europe's climate?

Photo © Augustin Colette

The development of wind farms in Europe only has an extremely limited impact on the climate at the continental scale, and this will remain true until at least 2020. These are the main conclusions of a study carried out by researchers from CNRS, CEA and UVSQ, in collaboration with INERIS and ENEA, the Italian agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable development. Read more »

Plastic found to account for the majority of marine microlitter accumulating in the food chain

Fluorescent polystyrene microspheres in the intestines of a water flea. (Photo © Outi Setälä)

Researchers at the Finnish Environment Institute have for the first time successfully demonstrated that microplastics are transferred in the marine food web. The study also provided additional support to suspicions that many plankton organisms are unable to separate plastic particles from their natural food and that they therefore also ingest plastic. Read more »

New study shows that protected marine reserves enhance resilience to climate change

Species such as the blue-throated wrasse were observed in greater numbers in a marine reserve southeast of Tasmania following protection from fishing, which led to greater community stability and resilience. (Picture credit Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)

A new study, led by a University of Southampton scientist, highlights the potential for fish communities in marine reserves to resist climate change impacts better than communities on fished coasts. Read more »

World population mapping helps combat poverty and poor health

WorldPop combines country specific data from national statistics services, household surveys and other sources to construct detailed population distribution maps

A team of researchers led by the University of Southampton has launched an online project to map detailed population information from countries around the world. Read more »

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