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SNIFFER Launch of New Hydrogeological Images on WFDVisual Website


WFDVisual has been developed by SNIFFER in partnership with the Environment Agency (England and Wales), the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency (Republic of Ireland) and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency. It is a collection of images that have been developed to help communicate the complex processes underpinning the water environment and its management under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

In November 2009, SNIFFER added a brand new suite of images for karst, floodplain, fluvial and coastal settings to WFDVisual. There are over 70 new images grouped together into storyboards to convey some commonly encountered hydrogeological scenarios. The jpeg images, which are accompanied by descriptive text, can be downloaded as a storyboard or individually at


Energy Bill paves the way for carbon capture and storage


The Energy Bill outlined in the Queen’s speech offers financial incentives for further development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in England, Scotland and Wales. CCS aims to reduce atmospheric CO2 by storing it in deep geological formations such as old oil and gas fields and deep saline aquifers; technology which many hope will help the UK reach it’s target to cut emissions by 34% on 1990 levels by 2020. The Bill will introduce new legislation to assist in the development of ‘demonstration’ sites aimed to show that CCS is a viable technology.

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Leeds University seeks your views on UK policy-related water research


Water researchers at Leeds University are canvassing people’s views on policy-related water research in the UK. From water supply and flooding through to ecology and waste processing Water@Leeds would like to know which water policy topics people are interested in. Using feedback from the survey and assistance from government, industry and non-government organisations Water@Leeds will compile a list of the top 100 research questions and disseminate them to the water community.

To take part in their survey please visit the Water@Leeds survey website here


CIWEM launch contaminated land network


A global contaminated land network (CLN) is being started by CIWEM (Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management) allowing professionals to provide expert views on current and up-coming issues. The aim of the network being to support links between academic research and practice.

CIWEM is seeking members for the CLN from a broad spectrum of the contaminated land community, including, government and non-government bodies, industry and academia. If you would like more information about joining the CLN please contact CIWEM directly at


Indian summer causes high soil moisture deficits and delayed recharge


September brought with it high pressures and generally dry warm weather as most of the country enjoyed an Indian summer, the exception being Scotland which received substantial rainfall at the beginning of the month leading to flood conditions.

In contrast to normal autumn conditions, soil moisture deficits (SMDs) increased during September, particularly in the south and groundwater recharge was minimal. Groundwater levels in the southern Chalk aquifer are notably low in parts, though the Permo-Triassic sandstones remain within a normal seasonal range. Winter recharge is expected to be delayed as a result of the high SMDs.

To read the full hydrological summary for September please visit the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) website

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