Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) focuses on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal challenges related to aquatic ecosystems and water resources. These include hydrological and sea-level impacts of climate change, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, and water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals, as well as behavioural, political, and economic adaptation mechanisms to mitigate environmental and human health impacts.

The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) is the first interdisciplinary research centre of its kind in the UK to focus on solving the most pressing environmental and societal issues emerging from water-related risks on human and ecosystem health in aquatic environments.

To understand these complex socio-environmental interactions and develop effective adaptation and mitigation strategies, the interdisciplinary research within the LCWPH links environmental sciences with humanities and human health.

The LCWPH uses the emerging idea of “Planetary Health” (“the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends”) and integrating it with river, catchment, and coastal science in order to make this important concept operational for delivering evidence-based water and health interventions providing the underpinning science to tackle a series of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more about the focus of the LCWPH and its dedication to promoting research into the most serious global environmental and social problems related to Earth’s great rivers under the foundational directorship of Professor Mark Macklin and Professor Chris Thomas in an article with Research Outreach, Water and planetary health: Protecting the lifeblood of human civilisation.

Key Projects

Disentangling Southern Hemisphere climate and environmental interactions of the late Pleistocen

This project explores drivers of terrestrial ecosystem responses to glacial/interglacial transitions through the Late Pleistocene, in Tasmania, Australia. We will perform δ18Odiatom to determine the number glacial/interglacial cycles preserved in the Darwin Crater record, the nature and timing of these transitions, and the complex terrestrial-aquatic ecosystem interactions of the past.

Northwest European Seasonal Weather Prediction from Complex Systems Modelling

The atmospheric circulation and jet stream over the North Atlantic strongly influence seasonal weather conditions over Northwest Europe. This project seeks to improve current seasonal forecasts, develop seasonal forecasts for Northwest Europe, and assess the benefits of skillful probabilistic seasonal forecasts to interested end users such as the agri-food industry.

FLOODMAL: The impacts of flooding and changed river flows on malaria hazard

Malaria is a vector-borne disease which occurs where Anopheles mosquito vectors, Plasmodium parasites, and vulnerable human populations coincide. Whilst the effect of temperature on malaria vectors has been widely studied, this project studies the impacts of changed river flows on malaria hazard, and the intervention efforts required to address them.

Rivers of Gold: The Legacy of Historical Gold Mining for Victoria's Rivers

Rivers are cultural artefacts that have been transformed by significant human intervention.  During the nineteenth century the gold-mining industry deposited large quantities of soil in rivers across South Eastern Australia. This project uses industrial archaeology, geomorphology and environmental chemistry to find out what happened to the rivers as a result.

The environmental fate of emerging contaminants and antibiotic-resistant genes in river sediment and floodplains of the Ganga basin

The Ganga basin has become increasingly polluted with a cocktail of persistent organic pollutants, plasticizers, and heavy metals. This project undertakes the first event-based and catchment-scale (mountain-to-ocean) investigations of emerging contaminants (ECs), and microbial population dynamics, in river channel sediments and floodplains of the Ganga basin including its major tributaries.

Contact Us

Department of Geography, College of Science
University of Lincoln, Think Tank, Ruston Way, Lincoln, LN6 7DW

Tel: +44(0)1522 835820