Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH)
LCWPH will focus on solving the most pressing global environmental and societal problems emerging from the world’s largest rivers (WLRs) [26 in total, defined by having drainage areas ≥ 800,000 km2, ≥ 2500 km in length, average discharge of ≥ 7500 m3 s-1 and an average suspended and dissolved load of ≥ 100 mt].
These include climate change impacts on extreme floods and droughts, flood-related contamination from metal mining and processing, water-borne and vector-borne diseases affecting humans and animals, where riverine environments provide the principal habitat.
WLRs comprise some of the most contested transnational waterways (Danube, Nile, Zambezi) on which are located megacities such as Karachi (Indus), Kolkata (Ganges) and Shanghai (Yangtze). They are home to the bulk of humanity, and are responding in unique ways to climate change.