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Dr Chad Staddon - our use of water
Dr Chad Staddon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Environmental Management at the University of the West of Enggland. Chad is also the founder and director of the Bristol Group for Water Research.
Bristol Group for Water Research (BGWR)
Managing increasingly scarce water resources is one of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. Now more than ever it is vitally important that applied research on technical water issues needs to link up with "blue skies thinking" so that new solutions can be found. The BGWR is centrally interested in making those linkages – between water sector practitioners and theorists, between the growing water NGO community and academics, between local communities at risk of flood and/or drought and interdisciplinary specialists.
The BGWR is perfectly placed to address these issues and is currently working the following sorts of research initiatives:
- water demand management: towards sustainable policy
- inshore and offshore fishing rights
- implementation of the Water Framework Directive
- flood modelling, planning and mitigation.
Introduction and the threat of climate change to water resources
"Water is set to be a critical issues in the 21st century for reasons that are not widley appreciated"
How much water do we use in Britain today?
"Like other developed societies, we are using more and more water. The average english citizen uses 150 per person per day. That is 150kg of water, and that is just the water we use directly for drinking, cooking, washing, cleaning etc."
What is virtual or embedded water?
"Virtual water is the many hundreads or thousands of litres of water we use indirectly each day. Whether this is in the things that we wear, or the foods we eat, the cars we drive and the lifestyles that we live."
Do we undervalue water as a resource?
"The value of water doesn't lie in its economic value in the same way as other products. Water's value ultimately lies in the fact that it is fundamental to life, social, cultural and economic development."