Going Green: The Science Behind Environmental Research
ELGA LabWater Explores The Innovative Science Behind Environmental Research
Environmental issues are increasingly discussed amongst academic and public communities alike. It has become clear that if we are to preserve our wondrous yet surprisingly fragile natural world, then we need to continue adopting collaborative, interdisciplinary research, which is now helping to progress the field of environmental science forward at an exciting rate – for the benefit of all.
That anthropogenic pressures are having an impact on our environment, is no longer a debatable issue: we’re seeing the effects of this across the globe from rising sea levels and climate change, to the destruction of habitat and contamination of the water, soil and air.
The long-term ramifications of such a broad spectrum of issues are difficult to predict, but what data we have suggest that these are unlikely to be changes for the better.
To move towards a more positive future, we need to find ways of detecting and understanding changes in our environment.
To get a better understanding on the extent of our environmental impact, it is imperative that we have robust and accurate monitoring frameworks that function as both an early warning system and an early control function.
Implementing such monitoring systems early allows for the establishment of baseline conditions, providing the community with values to measure the effects of any intervening measures. They can also serve as valuable diagnostic tools with which to measure environmental changes from either human or natural events.
Environmental Research & Monitoring Is Only Part of the Story
Once the monitoring systems have detected environmental changes or pollutants, the next step is to expand our understanding of what these changes are likely to mean – for both the environment and its inhabitants!
This often pulls in a variety of scientific expertise, from low-level chemical detection and biochemical assays to histological assessments and ecological modelling. The better we understand environmental changes, the better equipped we are to plan and deal with them.
Which brings us to the final aspect: environmental management
With an already sizable amount of data from both initial monitoring studies/baselines and subsequent investigations, evidence-based initiatives can then be implemented to manage, avoid or even remove these environmental impacts altogether.
All of these steps draw upon scientific and technological innovations and a growing body of expertise. The concerted efforts of numerous environmental laboratories across the world generate these valuable datasets by employing highly accurate equipment and techniques.
In our whitepaper, we explore some of the exciting environmental research projects underway that help us understand and protect our environment.
As we arm ourselves with more scientific knowledge, we are increasingly better equipped to manage and maintain a healthy environment.
We hope you find our 'Going Green' to be interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking. If you have a comment or would like us to feature your work in a future paper, please do get in touch as we’d love to hear from you.
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In the Whitepaper you can read about the following interesting topics:
- The need to monitor: Do you know what lurks in your environment?
It is important that we have a solid framework in place to accurately monitor the effects of environmental pollutants on fragile ecosystems.
- Behaviour and baselines: The key to understanding environmental change
Once the monitoring system has detected changes, it is imperative to understand what the changes are likely to mean.
- Taking action: Innovative methods of managing environmental impacts
With increasing amounts of data available to us on a daily basis, evidence-based initiatives can be implemented to manage, avoid or even remove environmental impacts.