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Olivia Lawrenson

Exploiting big data to understand access to greenspace in the UK

Greenspaces provide incredible valuable benefits to people. For example, there are over 62,000 urban greenspaces in Great Britain, estimated to provide just over £130 billion to those living nearby. These benefits can be broken down to a variety of services: e.g. food production (£114 million per year), carbon sequestration (£33 million), air filtration (£211 million), […]

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Cold blood in warming winters: physiological impacts of climate change on UK reptiles

Environmental change is causing temperatures to rise across the globe – how this will affect the distribution and abundance of species is therefore an important current focus for ecologists worldwide. An under[1]recognised aspect of climate change is increased overwinter temperatures. While research has focused largely on the impacts of hot periods (i.e. summer) getting hotter, […]

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Quantifying drivers of human-elephant conflict in an arid savanna ecosystem

The continental-range of the African elephant has been dramatically reduced and fragmented due to the rapid expansion of human settlements and agriculture, resulting in escalating conflict over access to food and water resources. This is particularly apparent in regions that border national parks with high elephant densities and where neighbouring rural communities rely heavily on […]

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The influence of groundwater and soil conditions on future flood risk of UK estuaries

The risk of flooding is changing worldwide, associated with population and socioeconomic growth, and climate change. Lowland catchments and estuaries are particularly vulnerable because of high land value and susceptibility to flooding from a combination of rivers, groundwater and the sea. For the UK, these drivers of flooding are not well-resolved and their interactions are […]

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