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Wed 30 Sep 2015, 12:00pm–1:00pm

Where: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

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Our cities have been founded next to streams, rivers and harbours, but urban development has resulted in the degradation of these water bodies. Contaminants discharged in urban stormwater runoff affect water quality and ecosystem health, with impacts on the ecosystem services provided to urban communities. Jonathan Moores and Chris Batstone will present a NIWA/Cawthron Institute research collaboration, part of the Resilient Urban Futures programme, to develop a decision support system for assessing these impacts, with an emphasis on the development of methods for assessing resilience. Jonathan will introduce the research, and focus on ways of assessing resilience in urban stormwater management. Chris will describe research to develop complementary methods for exploring resilience in ecosystem service provision, drawing on the experiences of urban communities.

Jonathan Moores is group manager of Urban Aquatic Environments Group, NIWA, Auckland. He leads research on stormwater quality and its effects on receiving waterbodies, including predictive modelling studies and field-based investigations to characterise stormwater quality and the performance of stormwater treatment devices. Jonathan leads the Urban Planning that Sustains Waterbodies (UPSW) research project, an inter-disciplinary programme of research to develop a decision support tool for urban planning and the subject of this seminar. He has previous regulatory, policy development and public liaison experience working in local government, and is a graduate of Bristol University and Imperial College, London.

Dr Chris Batstone is a senior resource and environmental economist at Cawthron Institute, Nelson. His environmental research has focused on the effects of urban stormwater in social-ecological systems. This has included the evaluation of community preferences for coastal water quality and the development of structured decision-making processes to evaluate catchment-scale urban stormwater effects on receiving water bodies. His resource economics research focuses on marine fisheries and aquaculture issues including new species and fishery technology development, recreational fisheries, and marine biosecurity.

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