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LU Water Autumn Seminar Summary


As requested, here is a short summary of our excellent guest speakers’ presentations at the seminar "LUWater Autumn Seminar: What kind of water research our external partners are interested in?" which was held on October 24th. 

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What is natural condition?  Is it possible to define the natural conditions for a specific region? 

Vibeke Lirås emphasized the importance to do paleolimnological studies in lakes, and to identify its characteristics in the past.  We don’t know much about Eelgrass beds and Blue Mussel beds, which are of ecological significance, and the latter have health effects. River restoration and wetland projects to reduce eutrophication and increase biodiversity can be referred to a project in Tulltorpsån. A master student in LU did her thesis project in the link for your reference: 

Other research and knowledge needed are: flooding in agricultural land, brownification and water quality, storm water filtration and groundwater quality and quantity, streams hydromorphology, especially focusing on hydraulic analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and hydrology dynamics between surface water and groundwater.  Check more about Vibeke Lirås’ PPT, click here.


The Importance of Water Management in Agriculture in order to Supply a Growing Population with Food

Glenn Oredsson shared historic background of agriculture development in Sweden and brought draught 2018 situation into attention. He proposed that we should work together to:

  • Improve the water management considering the whole water cycle.
  • Build dams to regulate the drainage system/ponds with river and creeks
  • Improve the irrigation systems
  • Slow down the water flow
  • Study water and food nexus

Check more key messages click for a power-point presentation link.


Optimization of the use of water

 Catharina Grundestam covered important topics in water reuse such as reasons for reuse and how to see it from business and economic perspectives and resource optimization in waste water treatment plants. Others such as drinking water, sludge reuse, micropollutants and pharmaceutical treatment are of research interest for collaboration. See details in her PPT.


An example of sustainable climate adaptation-Ängelholm

 Geraldine briefed Ängelholm municipal management structure and responsibility that related to water management. A dedicated group is working towards a more resilient city with adaptation measures along with other benefits such as strengthening ecosystem service.  Scalgo, a Danish water management software was applied in Ängelholm for understanding their water resources, city planning, analyzing flood risk and investigating adaptation measures such as creating wetlands. Some urban projects such as blue green infrastructure for rain water handling and for coastal protection were demonstrated. Click here to check out more about her presentation. 


Denser cities with more intensive rainfall - room for water?

 Pär is the key person in rainwater management in Malmö city. He presented the situation of the heavy rain that occurred in Malmö 2014, which caused a big loss and pointed to the key issue that is how to handle water management in a city that has low elevation in the middle. Current ongoing projects, such as changing construction materials for roads to function as detention storage, changing low elevated, flood prone residential areas to become parks and reconstructing some underground roads etc are taking place. He summarized the key challenges for cloudburst projects in the cities including financing, incentives and etc. Details check his PPT.


Invitation for collaboration with Simrishamn for water and sea projects

 Madeleine’s team at Marint centrum are driving entrepreneurship and research for protection of their water and marine environment interactions.  They focus on clean water, fisheries and coastal development, research and education.  The new waste water treatment plant which will be established in 2019 needs various expertise to work with such things as water reuse, biogas production, nutrient recovery and sustainable water treatment. They pointed to key questions for research and collaboration regarding implementing circular water management. Details please check their PPT.

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