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Dr Rebecca Wade will discuss nature-based engineering. This approach centres on using a fundamental understanding of natural processes in our engineering solutions. There is a growing recognition that nature can help provide viable solutions that use and deploy the properties of natural ecosystems and the services that they provide in a smart, engineered way.
Emerging approaches such as ‘Building with Nature’ and ‘Nature-based Solutions’, along with more established approaches such as Natural Flood Management and SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) utilise natural processes to deliver cost-effective complementary engineering approaches that benefit both people and nature. These concepts can be applied in many settings, from coastal protection to urban drainage management. Rebecca will provide rural and urban case studies, from Scotland and internationally, where nature-based engineering has helped to provide sustainable water management solutions with multiple benefits.
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Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science at Abertay University in Dundee
Rebecca works across disciplines to research and promote engineering and management that can benefit society and nature. Prior to joining the Abertay in 2002, Rebecca completed her doctoral training in Physical Geography at Dundee University in 1998 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois, USA.
Rebecca has a wide range of experience in the field, having worked in water and ecosystem management in urban environments in Brazil, river channel dynamics in the USA, diffuse pollution mitigation in urban and rural environments in Scotland, and low-carbon initiatives and energy efficiency through stormwater management in the EU.
Rebecca is also a passionate STEM ambassador and Athena Swan leader, helping to promote STEM subjects and equality in STEM through working with Abertay University, in schools, and via public engagement activities and science festivals.
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