Hello again all. It’s Rochelle here. I recently attended, and presented at, the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly. I presented in the session: Geo-infrastructure monitoring: complex data analysis and instrument application. My talk was titled: Creating a spatially explicit road-river infrastructure dataset to benefit people and nature (paper forthcoming in Journal of Environmental Management […]
New research: Structured elicitation to estimate instream infrastructure passability for European eels (Anguilla anguilla)
At the height of the first Covid19 lockdown in the UK, nine experts generously gave their time and expertise to help us improve estimates of the passability of different infrastructures for European eels (Anguilla anguilla). We are pleased to announce that the fruits of their labours have just been published here in Conservation Science and […]
Where can we find road-river bridges and culverts?
Hello out there??!! We have been quiet on the blog but also busy advancing on our research, creations, and engagement programs with schools and preparing for an exciting arts festival in Bangor (Metamorffosis). Today though we are excited to share a newly published paper based on our ongoing efforts to map road-river infrastructure across Great […]
How city roads trap migrating fish
Greater London is crisscrossed by 14,800km of public roads, each with an average width of 8m. This network accounts for 8% of the metropolitan area, and motorways and A-roads alone cross the Thames and its tributaries at least 400 times. A similar picture is seen in cities across the world. You’ve heard of, and maybe […]
Shout Trout for World Fish Migration Day [24 October]!
Check out the Shout Trout Workout! It’s now live on our FIRE Lab Swansea YouTube Channel thanks to a FIRE collaboration with Wes Tank and the creative team at Tank Think and artist Ethan Kocak! View the video and download the comic from Fire Lab Kids [it’s FREE]! The comic has amazing illustrations by Ethan […]
Shout Trout Workout!
Hello everyone! Below is a teaser – or warmup if you will – of our upcoming production, Shout Trout Workout, premiering at 1645 (British Summer Time) on Wednesday 21 October on FIRE Lab Swansea YouTube Channel! Join us for the Shout Trout Workout as part of a week-long celebration for free-flowing rivers and migratory fishes […]
Culverts – the major threat to fish you’ve probably never heard of
You probably cross rivers every day without realising it. Beneath the concrete underfoot are culverts – tunnels installed under roads and railways that allow rivers to pass from one side to the other. Like bridges, culverts allow people to cross rivers, but unlike bridges, culverts often don’t allow the fishes living in those rivers to […]
Exploring your local river on Google Earth
We can learn about and visit our local rivers, but sometimes we might like to learn different things and see more of the river than we can do by visiting it locally. How can we do that? One way is to use tools like Google Earth that project satellite imagery onto our computer screens, allowing […]
How culverts transform rivers
In an earlier blog post, I wrote about how the River Tawe harbours a range of flora and fauna despite a long history of neglect and strain inflicted by human activities. While changes in the management of rivers has improved ecological conditions across the catchment, ecosystems supported within the Tawe are still threatened by different […]
Getting to know the Twitter game #DamOrNot (post 1/2)
In the summer of 2016 I thought it would be fun to share a post on Twitter about my quest to confirm the locations of different built infrastructure found on rivers in France. I asked Twitter followers whether the infrastructure in the satellite image I posted was a dam, or not. This was a question […]