Climate change and water: There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable engineering
About the Talk
Water and sanitation engineering has delivered major public health gains, reducing the spread of typhoid and other diarrhoeal diseases. Weather has a strong impact on the ability of water and sanitation systems to deliver the expected health benefits. Many outbreaks in recent decades across Europe and North America have been attributed to meteorological events, while outbreaks associated with droughts and floods continue to make the headlines internationally. With climate change we expect to experience more extreme and more variable weather which will challenge our water and sanitation systems. Drawing on work across Africa and Asia, this talk will explore the emerging challenge to sustaining and advancing progress through engineering and management to reduce the diarrhoeal disease burden in a changing climate.
About the Speaker
Dr Katrina Charles’ research seeks to improve access to sustainable water and sanitation systems, particularly in low-income urban settlements, employing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to tackle these complex socio-ecological and socio-technical systems. Dr Charles is the co-director of the REACH: Improving water security for the poor programme, and leads the research on water security challenges in Ethiopia. Her work has been funded by the World Health Organization, DFID, UK Research Councils (NERC/ESRC), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and includes work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.