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.
We are involved in research on climate change and seasonal forecasting, investigating extreme weather events, their predictability, and whether they are becoming more frequent in a changing climate. Further work explores the effects of global warming on the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets.
Coastal erosion and coastal flooding range are among the most severe concerns of coastal communities. We integrate riverine and coastal research to unravel the interactions and feedback mechanisms between “coasts and catchments” to better understand the resilience of natural and social coastal systems.
Rivers satisfy multiple social needs in terms of resources and services but are affected by a wide degree of human activity, which reduce the environmental and societal services they provide. We tackle these issues in the interdisciplinary framework of “River Science”, which stands at the interface of geomorphology, ecology, engineering, and social sciences.
We research contamination at river catchment to global scale, arising from past and present mining, agriculture, urban developments, and industry. The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health aims to develop new approaches to risk management and sustainable development.
Waterborne and vector-borne parasitic and bacterial diseases have emerged or re-emerged in many geographical regions, causing global health and economic problems. Our researchers are interested in the potential impact of these diseases on human health.
A global study led by researchers at Lincoln suggests that the future of global coastal wetlands, including tidal marshes and mangroves, could be secured if they were able to migrate further inland.
The Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health hosts a symposium, Water and Planteary Health: A Catchment Systems Approach. The symposium is a result of a memorandum of understanding between the University of Lincoln, Massey University (New Zealand) and the University of Padova (Italy).
Professor Mark Macklin has been awarded the 2018 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Murchison Award for his pioneering research into the study of the form and function of rivers and the interaction between rivers and the landscape around them.
At the University of Lincoln, our PhD students are committed to making research breakthroughs and inspiring those around them, and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. That’s why the University is making a significant investment to provide research studentship opportunities for exceptional doctoral candidates.