Is Southampton Water too Polluted? - Modelling and Monitoring Metal Pollution for a Greener Future

Tuesday 27 June 2017

6.00pm for 6.30pm start

Southampton Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton, SO14 0RD | Maps

In The Spark Building (on East Park Terrace, adjacent and north to the Library)
Refreshments at 6.00pm on will be on "The Bridge", above The Pod, then we make our way down a floor to "The Pod "for 6.30pm for the presentation. (This is about 5 minutes’ walk from the Southampton Central Station)


This event will be a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch, BCS GreenIT SG and Southampton Solent University.

Speaker: Aldous Rees, Southampton Solent University


Computers are being used nowadays to identify global and local environmental issues.

Southampton Water is an estuarine environment with many sources of metal pollution, including boats and sewage works. The estuaries forming Southampton Water currently exceed Environmental Quality Standards. Current research, mainly focusing on Zinc, uses computer modelling such as MAMPEC and SAGIS along with an extensive and growing seasonal data set to determine the main sources. Zinc anodes found on boats are one of the main sources investigated, particularly any factors that are accelerating how quickly they corrode. The results can be used to determine management strategies leading to a greener future.

The application of GreenIT will be discussed, related to this application.

About the speaker:

Aldous Rees Winner Of  BCS Green IT CompetitionAldous Rees was the Winner of the BCS GreenIT SG 2014 Competition, for a Future Vision of GreenIT for 2024, ten years ahead.

Aldous Rees is interested and passionate about protecting and conserving the marine environment. The marine environment is polluted from many sources including metals and plastics. Green solutions are needed to help rid the oceans of this pollution, this can be done through a series of computer models in the case of metals, which then lead to better management strategies.

Aldous studied for a degree in Geography with Marine Studies at Southampton Solent University where he was involved in a number of projects looking at pollution from Micro-plastic Particles.

He then went on to study a Masters at Plymouth University in Applied Marine Science and is currently studying as a PhD student at Southampton Solent University. The PhD is studying the breakdown of zinc sacrificial anodes which prevent corrosion of metal hulls and components on pleasure craft. The zinc is released into the marine environment and adds to the already high metal levels present in estuaries. This talk will focus on this PhD research and how Green IT can lead to improvements.


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