7 June 2023, Professor Martin Smith and Susie Howells
Road surface water is a major cause of pollution, carrying metals and hydrocarbons as well as particles from tyres off the road system and into the surrounding natural environment. An estimated 365,000 people rely on the aquifer of the Brighton Chalk Block for their drinking water. In this talk Professor Martin Smith will present his research on flow through the chalk aquifer, and how it influences groundwater chemistry and pollutant transport.
Professor Martin Smith of the University of Brighton and Susie Howells of The Aquifer Partnership will do a joint talk about a collaborative project with the Living Coast Biosphere, with the support of UNESCO, which will explore how the Wild Park rainscape works to remove pollutants and improve water quality. This will show how well the approach works, to promote it to other urban areas, and to help improve the design of future sustainable drainage schemes.
Launched in 2016, The Aquifer Partnership (TAP) is a collaboration between Brighton & Hove City Council, the Environment Agency, South Downs National Park Authority and Southern Water to protect the aquifer of the Brighton chalk block.
Professor Martin Smith is Professor of Geochemistry, a geologist, geochemist and mineralogist, and is the Associate Dean for Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Applied Sciences.