Davide Lomeo

Davide Lomeo

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Davide Lomeo

E-mail Address:

davide.lomeo@kcl.ac.uk

Start Year

2021 (Cohort 8)

Research interests:

Earth Observations, Vegetation Dynamics, Climate Science, Numerical Modelling, Geocomputation, Machine Learning, Deep Learning

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PhD Project
PhD Title

Influence of environmental change on water quality and the risks of toxic algal blooms to wildlife in Africa

Research Theme

Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Processes

Primary Supervisor
Primary Institution

KCL

Secondary Supervisor
Secondary Institution

NHM

CASE Partner

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)

CASE Supervisor

Stefan Simis

Additional supervisor(s)

Daniel Schillereff (King’s College London),

Abstract

Lakes and wetlands are critical ecosystems that support biodiversity and provide vital ecosystem services to people. However, they are threatened by anthropogenic pressures, including climate change and catchment degradation. Eutrophication and the warming of surface waters increase the risk of harmful algal blooms, which can overtake aquatic environments and suppress other organisms. Some bloom-forming species of cyanobacteria produce toxins (cyanotoxins) that have been implicated in the deaths of livestock and wildlife and can be harmful to people. Nevertheless, little is known about the extent to which environmental change is influencing the risk of wildlife mortality events, especially in Africa. This project will utilise satellite Earth Observation, field observations and climate data to investigate the influence of teleconnections, climate change and catchment degradation on the water quality of inland waters in Southern Africa. Deep learning methods and satellite sensors will be used to assess and monitor the ecohydrological dynamics of waterbodies. Finally, the project will examine how changing environmental and climatic conditions influence the risk of toxic algal blooms and mass die-offs of terrestrial megafauna and how these risks vary over space and time.

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