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Future Thames : applied geoscience for decision-making in London and the Thames Basin

By Emma Bee, Jon Ford and Katy Mee

Abstract

The Thames Basin is the UK’s principal aquifer. It encompasses London, which is\ud Europe’s largest megacity, and has an extensive coastal zone. It presents a unique\ud conjunction of geological, hydrogeological, environmental, and socio-economic\ud factors that are intrinsically linked by the effects of environmental change.\ud The British Geological Survey (BGS) is responding to this challenge through its\ud FutureThames initiative. FutureThames aims to initiate, facilitate and support\ud interdisciplinary and collaborative geoscience research in an attempt to understand\ud the effects of environmental change in the Thames Basin. Such collaboration will\ud assist in providing ‘real world’ responses to different ‘what if’ scenarios, such as\ud “What will happen to groundwater if a new housing estate is built here?” Or “How\ud will sea-level rise affect my property?” Six key environmental challenges have\ud been identified to provide a framework to focus our research activities in the region

Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:14268

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