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Honorary D.Sc for Rick Battarbee

Award from Queen’s University, Ontario, for acid rain research

Honorary D.Sc for Rick Battarbee

Professor Rick Battarbee, former Director of UCL Geography’s Environmental Change Research Centre, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Rick’s citation reads: ‘Throughout his career he has been involved in research on the way lake sediment records can be used to reconstruct lake-ecosystem changes through time. With his colleagues in the ECRC he has successfully applied those techniques to problems of surface water acidification and climate change. In the 1980s he and his groups demonstrated that acid rain was responsible for causing the acidification of surface waters in the  British uplands, research that was instrumental in persuading the government of the United Kingdom to sign international agreements on the reduction of sulphur dioxide emissions from power stations.

His research on acid rain has continued and now focuses on lake ecosystem recovery, especially the role of climate change in modifying recovery processes’.

The award was presented at a degree ceremony in Kingston on 17th November 2015:



Rick Battarbee