The fourteenth Sustainable Development Goal is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
2022 progress report
The following paragraphs summarise some of the diverse research projects addressing this SDG undertaken in 2021/22.
- The final report of our NextGen project was issued. The project aimed to demonstrate circular water solutions for water reuse and resource recovery (energy and nutrients) in ten high-profile European case studies, developing the tools to transfer knowledge and upscale the processes.
- A new project with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute looked at blue carbon stored in the world’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
- A HEIF-funded project aims to develop a systems engineering approach to assess the recovery of areas impacted by oil spillage.
- Project iD-FRe2S aims to develop the combined use of unmanned aerial vehicles and artificial intelligence to better identify the impacts of flooding (fluvial, pluvial and sewer) and facilitate clean up and recovery.
- Improving Irrigation Water Management for Sugarcane Production in Sub-Saharan Africa (a PhD funded by the Sue White Fund for Africa) seeks to evaluate current irrigation management practices, including water resources and abstraction management and development of irrigation benchmarking to assess performance across the different sugar cane businesses in Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland.
The River Restoration Centre staff are based on Cranfield campus and are employees of Cranfield University. Their outreach/community work includes providing training courses, videos and factsheets to support conservation projects. The River Champion recognition award acknowledges the voluntary efforts of individuals improving rivers in their local catchment.
2021 progress report
We operate our own sewage works at the Cranfield campus which processes most of our wastewater on site. This unique facility is also used by us and partner organisations for teaching and research purposes. Ongoing upgrades to the monitoring, alarm and metering equipment at the sewage works ensure it remains within consent levels for all effluent discharges. More information can be found on our water and discharges web page.
The Water Theme at Cranfield University is home to two centres of excellence: Cranfield Water Science Institute and the Centre for Water, Environment and Development. We offer postgraduate taught and research degrees as well as short courses on campus or in-company.
An ongoing PhD funded by the Sue White Fund for Africa seeks to evaluate current irrigation management practices, including water resources and abstraction management and development of irrigation benchmarking to assess performance across the different sugar cane businesses in Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland.
Cranfield University is collaborating with Warden Biomedia through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to embed cutting-edge wastewater treatment knowledge and capabilities to enable the development of novel biofilm technologies. This technology will deliver sustainable solutions for the wastewater industry.
Our ongoing NextGen project aims to demonstrate circular water solutions for water reuse and resource recovery (energy and nutrients) in ten high-profile European case studies, developing the tools to transfer the knowledge and upscale the processes.
Courses/modules relating to the goal
The following courses either address sustainability entirely or contain modules that are focused on sustainability-related topics.