Professor Stefan Doerr is awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship

During this prestigious 12-month fellowship, Professor Doerr, Department of Geography, will focus on identifying and mitigating the risk of water supply contamination resulting from wildfire in the UK, North America and Australia.

Water supply reservoirs are often located in fire prone upland areas and the highly erodible ash formed during fire can be a major threat to water quality.  The recent fires around Fort McMurray in Canada, for example, are now posing a serious threat to the sole water supply of the city.