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WIRC Water Colloquium 22/04/2020

WIRC showcases the research of WISE CDT students James Rand and Juliana Marcal.

  • 22 Apr 2021, 1.15pm to 22 Apr 2021, 2.05pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

The WIRC water colloquia series continues with a webinar showcasing the research of WISE CDT students James Rand and Juliana Marcal.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this event will be held online via Microsoft Teams.

Make sure to register on EventBrite via the link below. A link to the event will be distributed to registered attendees via email.


How weather conditions bias water quality data from lake monitoring programmes – a case study


Sampling biases due to weather have been observed anecdotally but, in this presentation, demonstrates a statistically significant effect and shows this in a real-world case study. Furthermore, a methodology that could be applied to similar lake monitoring programmes will be presented.

The hypothesis is that manual sampling is biased due to weather conditions and that this has impact on the overall measurement of WQ parameters. The relevance of this is that, in this case study, initial findings show that manually collected data may overestimate lake temperatures by 0.24 Deg C compared to those created using automated collected data which has potential implications for lake and climate modelling.

About James Rand

James Rand
James Rand

James is a Chartered Engineer with over twenty years of experience, at sea and ashore, as a Marine Engineer Officer in the Royal Navy (RN). This included Senior Engineering posts at the RN Marine Engineering School, Technical Advisor to Foreign Navies, Waterfront Representative for the UK Government to the Saudi Royal Navy, Sea-Going Engineering Head of Department (Chief Engineer) jobs, as well as various specialist technical postings.

After leaving the Royal Navy, James taught Mathematics at a secondary school in Southampton for several years before going self-employed as a jobbing builder and odd job man. Having decided he needs more of a challenge, and to update his technical knowledge especially in the area of computing and informatics, James will be undertaking his WISE PhD project at the University of Bath.

His academic qualifications include an MSc in Mechanical Marine Engineering from University College London and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Portsmouth Polytechnic.

An active member of the IMarEST throughout his engineering career, James was instrumental in reforming the Benelux Branch of the IMarEST and was the branch chairman for several years whilst on a job Exchange with the Royal Netherlands Navy as their Gas Turbine Technical expert.

James is undertaking his PhD research into the design, build and especially deployment of low cost, micro underwater gliders for use on extended duration and near real time monitoring missions. Deployment possibilities for such micro gliders include reservoir water quality monitoring, pollution and clean up and potential military applications.


Downscaling urban water security assessment


Enhancing water security is crucial to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 6 set by the United Nations. Assessing water security is an essential step to address issues, inform planning and implement and monitor water security actions, especially in the urban space, where inequality and diversity pose important challenges. This work investigates downscaling water security assessment to provide detailed information on local challenges and specific needs of neighbourhoods/sectors within the city. To capture multiple perspectives of urban water security, an evaluation framework, based on the UN water security definition, is presented as well as first results for a case study of the city of Campinas in Brazil, used to illustrate the application of the developed framework.
The spatial distribution of water security in the urban area can provide a more accurate picture of its diversity and help to understand local necessities and identify areas with specific issues, helping to guide infrastructure planning and the development of local initiatives and policies towards improving water security at the community/neighbourhood level.

About Juliana Marcal

Juliana Marcal
Juliana Marcal

Juliana Marcal is a civil engineer with a MSc in Environment and Natural, Industrial and Urban Risks. During her studies, she worked with decentralized wastewater treatment systems and later has gained a range of experiences in industry working on the modelling of water supply networks and micro drainage projects. As part of the Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE) Centre of Doctoral Training she is now in her second year of research at the University of Bath (UK) where she is developing her project entitled “Improving urban water security by sectorisation of the urban area and decentralisation of water infrastructure”.

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