Keynote address: Professor Tim Burt (Durham University, UK)

Dancing in the rain: a career in water science

Tim Burn

Following some introductory comments about graduate studies in the 1970s, including a Carleton M.A., the lecture will cover aspects of Professor Burt’s research over the years. Process studies in hillslope hydrology led to an interest in nitrate leaching from farmland soils, with implications for both agricultural practice and water pollution. Applications to drainage basin management include both basin-wide measures and local water protection zones. “Farming for drinking water” would make a good subtitle! Whilst nitrate pollution is the focus of this talk, the final case study shows how other aspects of water quality need to be considered too, if a full understanding of eutrophication is to be achieved and appropriate management implemented to restore good ecological status.