We were at the Oscars earlier this year, chatting to Brangelina, when Steven – (Spielberg of course, not Sondheim -) sauntered over and mentioned how he’d love to make a movie of FreshWater Watch. He threw around the names of some possible stars – Charlize, Arnie, Scarlett…
Oh OK, that was probably just a dream we had. And even if it happened, we like to think we wouldn’t brag about it.
However we can’t help feeling just a tiny bit proud (or smug?) that we’re working with some of the most prominent academic and governmental institutions and experts in the world when it comes to researching and preserving that most precious resource – our fresh water.
For instance, in New York, we’re working with Dr. Wade McGillis of the Ivy League research university Columbia University in New York. In this city, FreshWater Watchers are looking beyond the more obvious dangers of flooding, and exploring the health risks carried by contact with urban flood water, including the effects of sewerage storm overflows.
In Jakarta, we partner with Dr. Eleonora Runtunuwu of the Indonesian Agroclimatology and Hydrology Research Institute. Dr. Runtunuwu has fantastic connections with the local government. FreshWater Watchers here are helping study the effects of land use change associated with economic development on water quality in the Ciliwung River Basin. The study aims to provide a robust dataset to be used to support recommendations to both farmers on crop management methods and to local governing bodies to help management of the river basin over the longer term.
We’re also working with up-and-coming researchers who we believe are going to have a huge impact in the world of freshwater research, such as Dr. Yuchao Zhang of the Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology at the Chinese Academy of Science. Across the Huangpu River network of Shanghai, Dr. Zhang works with FreshWater Watchers to gather information on the Huangpu River network and to help understand the effectiveness of water quality improvement programmes previously implemented in the area.
These are just a few of the institutions and academics we work with, and we’re proud of all our partnerships, such as with HSBC and our charity partners on the HSBC Water Programme. By making connections like these, and collaborating with the real ‘movers and shakers’ of the freshwater research world, we stand the best chance of being able to guide and advise on policy and action to protect our fresh water.
Over to you:
Find out more about the people and partners we work with on FreshWater Watch here.
Find out more about the HSBC Water Partnership
Coming next: O is for Oh What a Beautiful Morning
A is for Alien Invasions; B is for the Biggest!; C is for Crickets in your lunchbox; D is for Data. Or is it datum?; E is for Eighty Litres of Water in an Orange; F is for Ferruginous Pochard; G is for Going, Going, Gone?; H is for Heroes; I is for Industrial Revolution; J is for Jigsaw Puzzles; K is for (Everything including the) Kitchen Sink; L is for Life itself; M is for Microbeads;