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University of Wales Swansea

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UWS

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The Department of Geography, University of Wales Swansea is one of the largest in the UK.  The Land Surface Processes and Management Group in the Department has an excellent international reputation in the fields of land degradation, wildfire impacts, soil hydrology, soil water repellency and erosion risk, and the development of novel methods of assessing soil degradation indicators.  The Group has experience of desertification and land degradation in Europe, Africa, SE-Asia and Australia.   There is particular expertise in the links between wildfire and land degradation (soil water repellency and soil erosion).  The Group has attracted funding from various sources (EU, NERC, Royal Society, NATO, British Council and Industry) and has been/is involved in a number of EU-funded projects concerned with aspects of land degradation (e.g. IBERLIM, MEDAFOR, WATER REUSE).  It has excellent state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for the analysis of many soil chemical and physical parameters.

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www.swan.ac.uk

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Department of Geography
School of the Environment and Society
University of Wales Swansea
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP, UK

Fax: +44 1792 295955

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Dr. Rick Shakesby

Tel: +44 1792 295236

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Physical geographer with expertise in land degradation, soil erosion and soil water repellency after wildfire; principal or co-investigator on several major projects concerning land degradation.

 

Dr. Stefan Doerr

Tel: +44 1792 295147

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Soil scientist and geomorphologist, with expertise in the links between fire, soil water repellency and soil properties; principal investigator on several major grants concerning land degradation.

Professor Rory Walsh

Tel: +44 1792 295231

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Head of Geography Department; long-standing expertise in land degradation related to forestry practices in the Mediterranean and the tropics.

Dr. Emilia Urbanek

Tel: +44 1792 295228

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Environmental protection engineer and agricultural scientist with expertise in soil structure, organic matter properties and water repellency.

 

 
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