Oxford mathematicians in Indian arsenic collaboration

Posted on 29th July 2016

Arsenic contamination of groundwater is a significant public health issue in the Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta. A new GCRF-funded research collaboration between Oxford University and India’s IIT Kharagpur aims to help address this problem by using mathematical modelling to gain insight into a new soil-based filter.

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Grants catalyse 12 new water security projects

Posted on 20th July 2016

Twelve new water security projects will share £550,000 from the REACH programme’s first Partnership Funding round. The projects span eleven countries in Africa and South Asia, working at the interface of water security and poverty reduction research and practice.

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Macronutrient Cycles Programme draws to a close

Posted on 20th July 2016

Macronutrients – nitrogen, carbon and phosphorus  –  play a pivotal role in sustaining life. However human activities have drastically altered macronutrient cycles, with significant implications for both ecosystem and human health. The Oxford-led Macronutrient Cycles Programme has been working to help better understand these cycles.

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Sand dunes as giant rain gauges in the desert?

Posted on 7th July 2016

Reconstructing past precipitation fluctuations in drylands is challenging because of the nature of evidence left behind. Pore moisture within sand dunes provides a novel archive of palaeomoisture availability that has yet to be fully utilised. A recent review paper, led by Dr Abi Stone, outlines the status and future of this archive. Written with the late Mike Edmunds, the paper celebrates Mike’s great contribution to this area.

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