Senior Fellowship in the Role of Digital Technology in Understanding, Mitigating and Adapting to Environmental Change

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Computing & Communications

Abstract

Digital technologies have a crucial role to play in helping scientists and other key stakeholders to more deeply understand the natural environment and its complex web of interconnected ecosystems. This deeper understanding also supports the development of more grounded mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to environmental change. This fellowship will enable myself to establish a rich, cross-disciplinary research programme at Lancaster with the goal of carrying out world leading research in the role of digital technologies in deriving such strategies. The research programme is built on three key pillars:

Digital innovation as an enabler. Technology is having a profound impact on the digital economy and many areas of society, but its role in managing environmental change is significantly under-developed. This programme will focus on three major (and complementary) areas of digital innovation, namely the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and data science: IoT has the potential to provide rich, real-time data about many facets of the natural environment at a scale previously unimaginable; cloud computing offers elastic storage and computational capacity to bring together diverse data-sets from different geographical locations and at different scales and open this up to a range of stakeholders; data science provides an abundance of analysis techniques to then make sense of the data and hence to inform mitigation strategies and associated policies.

Science as a conduit. Science has a crucial role in interpreting big data but, crucially, to achieve this, science must change. The programme will investigate how technology can support a paradigm shift in science towards an approach that: i) is more intrinsically open and collaborative through a philosophy of open data, as enabled by the cloud (e.g. including support for citizen science); ii) represents a more integrative, holistic science whereby different scientific disciplines work together, alongside social, data and computer scientists, to facilitate deeper and more meaningful data-driven understanding of ecosystems and their intrinsic complexities (again supported by cloud computing); iii) embraces complex systems thinking taking input from research on ecosystem services, complexity science and systems of systems approaches; iv) recognises the importance of uncertainty and seek technological solutions that help manage uncertainty in all its dimensions and support decision making in an uncertain and complex world.

Impact as intrinsic. One major success of the Digital Economy programme was to develop a research community and set of approaches that emphasised stakeholder engagement and impact on society. This programme builds on this experience and adopts an experimental, agile and iterative methodology involving a close collaboration with a wide range of partners/stakeholders. This inherently participative approach is carefully designed to enable insights and breakthroughs in mitigation and adaptation strategies related to water/food/energy security, national infrastructure and biodiversity loss.

Planned Impact

This is an ambitious programme both in terms of the targeted scientific and technological discovery and also in terms of its intended impact. The impact strategy involves five strands: i) to influencing future research and funding agendas in digital technology and environmental change; ii) to support a paradigm shift in science towards an approach that more intrinsically open and collaborative, integrative, that is data-driven, and that deals intrinsically with complexity and uncertainty; iii) to support the development of well-informed policy policies and strategies for mitigation and adaptation in the face of environmental change; iv) to seek pathways to innovation based on the research results and insights; v) to use a range of novel means, including digital media, to communicate with the general public.

These all require the deep involvement of a range of stakeholders, and having a vibrant community underpins the whole impact strategy. The programme of work therefore emphasises community building and engagement.

One major success of the Digital Economy programme was to develop a research community and set of approaches that emphasised stakeholder engagement and impact on society. This proposed programme builds on this experience and adopts a methodology, called Speedplay developed in the CaTalyST project. Speedplay combines elements of agile, iterative development with principles drawn from action research and participatory design. The former allow experimental projects to be built rapidly with limited resources; the latter allow for a proper understanding of the societal context and needs of stakeholders. Developing this further, in the approach stakeholders are not simply 'involved' in the software development process but they jointly set the research agenda and pro-actively engage in the design and development process.

A range of other mechanisms are also planned to enhance community building and engagement, and the impact of the work, including: i) the organisation of facilitated community events, for information exchange and sharing but also to explore equipping the community to enhance its impact and influence policy; ii) the organisation of a high profile summit focusing on digital technology and LWEC; iii) the production of a set of policy and production notes for the associated LWEC series; iv) the running of an open competition offering five small grants of £10,000 as seed-corn funding for potentially impactful innovations in this space (hence drawing in other parties); v) the production of a series of short films (available through a youtube channel) to communicate results (mirroring an impact strategy used successfully in CaTalyST); vi) the pro-active offering of seminars nationally/internationally on the topic of the research. The PI will also exploit existing links, particularly with research councils and the Belmont Forum to further disseminate the results.

Research collaborations and partnerships are crucial to our mode of working and to our impact strategy, and organisations involved include the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Small World Consulting, JBA Trust, Microsoft Research, the Alan Turing Institute, the JRC Science Hub, the Environment Agency and the Digital Catapult. The LWEC network is also very important to the project and is strongly encouraged to participate in sprints and events (the PI has links with at least eleven of the members).


The programme of research will be overseen by a Steering Committee and its membership and terms of reference will be established in close cooperation with the LWEC and DE programmes. This steering committee will ensure the relevance of the research to the funding bodies and greater LWEC community.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title 'The Weeder Woman' and 'The Scarecrows and the Boy' stories 
Description Stories were inspired by the landscape and history of the garden, for Liz Edwards' Listening Orchard. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact TBC 
 
Title A Rat's Tale 
Description A Rat's Tale was a site-specific installation and walking tour made for Lancaster's annual illuminated arts festival. Claire Dean developed and managed this site-specific installation and performance event exploring people's relationships with urban nature through a contemporary retelling of the Pied Piper. The event took place over two nights at Lancaster Library and various outdoor locations in around the city centre. She also ran a series of storymaking workshops with a local primary school and the children were able to create books to be featured in the installation.   
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact 98 children in years 4 and 5 at Ryelands County primary School, Lancaster on workshops. 128 members of the public joined walking tours of the installation over two evenings. The indoor installation was visited by over 500 members of the public with the outdoor elements seen by many hundreds of others. 
 
Title Animation associated with the Windermere Accord paper 
Description This animation is intended to complement the following paper and t enhance its outreach and impact to a variery of audiences: Gordon S. Blair, Richard Bassett, Lucy Bastin, Lindsay Beevers, Maribel Isabel Borrajo, Mike Brown, Sarah L. Dance, Ada Dionescu, Liz Edwards, Maria Angela Ferrario, Rob Fraser, Harriet Fraser, Simon Gardner, Peter Henrys, Tony Hey, Stuart Homann, Chantal Huijbers, James Hutchison, Phil Jonathan, Rob Lamb, Sophie Laurie, Amber Leeson, David Leslie, Malcolm McMillan, Vatsala Nundloll, Oluwole Oyebamiji, Jordan Phillipson, Vicky Pope, Rachel Prudden, Stefan Reis, Maria Salama, Faiza Samreen, Dino Sejdinovic, Will Simm, Roger Street, Lauren Thornton, Ross Towe, Joshua Vande Hey, Massimo Vieno, Joanne Waller, John Watkins, The Role of Digital Technologies in Responding to the Grand Challenges of the Natural Environment: The Windermere Accord, Patterns, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2021. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact No impacts to record as yet. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csMpB93T1W0
 
Title Dataflow poem 
Description Reflections written by Harriet Fraser on final flood sprint workshop and data / flooding. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Adds a different dimension to the use of data and flooding 
URL https://youtu.be/FDnlIDwAINM
 
Title Detours from Lichen Cartography 
Description Detours from Lichen Cartography is a book of maps accompanied by an audio story that invites the reader outside. The story responds to the environment and will only grow longer in strong daylight. Each page turn reveals a new city as the narrator tries to find the City of Lichen and recounts their visits to the cities of Stone, Rain, Air, Leaves, Words and Light. This is a book designed for wandering and wondering. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Not aware of any 
 
Title Digital Boggarts 
Description Claire Dean co-developed this two-day school workshop with Liz Edwards, Andy Darby and National Trust's Clumber Park. They worked with 25 Key Stage 2 pupils and their teachers at their school in Nottingham on digital prototyping and a storymaking workshop using these technologies at Clumber Park. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact TBC 
 
Title Entangled Festival: a week long festival of 
Description From 18th to 26th September 2021, the Ensemble team ran a festival of arts, science, technology and nature (the Entangled Festival). This was very much a culmination of the senior fellowship, looking at the role of digital technology in understanding and managing the natural environment, and drawing on the large body of research we have worked on collectively over the past five years. The festival also built on the insights we have gained around the role of arts and creativity in not just conveying often complex scientific concepts and messages, but also enabling deeper engagement with a range of audiences including the general public, children and those responsible for decision-making in the crucial area of environmental change. The festival was particularly inspired by the final year of the project when we have been focussing on the complexity of ecosystems and the need for more systems thinking in tackling such complexities - hence the name 'Entangled'. The festival featured a range of offerings drawing from the wide range of themes we have worked on during the five years of the senior fellowship. Our research experience was captured in our: 'conversations' (featuring some of the great people we have met and worked with over the project, in the format of chat shows); 'inspirations' (our 'thoughts for the day' by inspirational people that again we have worked with, intended to stimulate debate throughout the week); and 'threads' (capturing the entangled journeys and golden threads from the perspectives of different team members). We had a wide range of educational activities targeting members of the public and seeking to promote a message of transdisciplinarity and the excitement of science within our schools, e.g. see our Biodiversity Logbooks activities. The festival also featured a range of artistic events, including 5 commissioned works of art drawing on core themes that we had extracted from our work. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact This was a major event and it reached an audience way beyond the traditional academic audience. For example, we issues 67 tweets reaching an audience of over 14,000 people. During the week, we have over 7,000 visits to our website. We interacted with 577 members of the public at our festival hub located on Morecambe prom, and so on. As events were either held online or captured in digital form, all content is available on our website representing a significant legacy from the research produced as part of the senior fellowship. 
URL http://ensembleprojects.org/entangled/
 
Title Feeding the peat 
Description This is a short story commissioned for an anthology of weird fiction. The story is inspired by research into peat ecology. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact No specific impacts to record as yet. 
URL http://swanriverpress.ie/title_uncertainties4.html
 
Title For Hades 
Description For Hades is a collection of stories from the surface, gathered by Persephone to take back to the Underworld. Each artefact holds fragments of the literatures of other living beings, from the myths of trees to the stories of snails and seed tales carried by the wind. The stories are explored through touch and sound. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Not aware of any 
 
Title Four rules for sandwriting 
Description The Writing Platform is a resource for writers in the digital age. This article is based on Claire Dean's ongoing work for Ensemble as writer-in-residence. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact No significant impacts to record yet. 
URL http://thewritingplatform.com/2019/06/four-rules-for-sandwriting/
 
Title Persephone's Footsteps 
Description Persephone's Footsteps is a reimagining of the Persephone myth, a response to escalating carbon emissions, and a map that can be used to explore any city. As Persephone climbs higher - first to escape the underworld and then to escape the polluted streets of the city - the listener must climb higher to hear more of her story. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Not aware of any 
URL http://www.clairedean.co.uk/2017/11/persephones-footsteps.html
 
Title Sense of Here 
Description This exhibition was brought together by our artists in residence, Rob and Harriet Fraser (somewhere-nowhere) focusing on the feeling and knowing of place based in the Lake District. The content was partially inspired by the Senior Fellowship and contained a specific exhibit developed by members of the fellowship team (Nundloll, Mander) involving the computer generation of poetry using words and phrases extracted from peoples' responses to the Lake District. The exhibition was hosted at Grizedale Forest from October to December 2020. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Impact on public engagement with science and technology 
URL https://senseofhere.com/
 
Title Short film on flood sprint results and impacts 
Description This short 6 minute film captures the key results from our work with the flood risk management community in the first year of the fellowship. This film also features two of our partners talking about the impact of our work. The goal is to reach out to other audiences beyond academia using a different media. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact No impacts to report as yet. 
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/ensembles-flood-sprint-film/
 
Title Six attempts to catch a river 
Description A piece of creative non-fiction drawing on my work for the Ensemble flooding theme, published online in this experimental literature journal. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Published in Lune 02: Dislocation December 2018 
URL https://lunejournal.org/02-dislocation/
 
Title The Lichen Records 
Description The Lichen Records is a collection of lichen-inspired stories, an archive of found materials, and a letter to the future. This work is slow-growing like the organisms that inspire it and the intention is that it will continue to seed new works. Stories inhabiting it presently include a number of fantastical cut-up stories remade from scientific papers that explore air pollution from a lichen perspective, a lichen-dial where the story changes depending on the quality of the air, and a solargraph that shows a lichen's view of the world with the path of the sun etched into the sky. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Not aware of any 
 
Title The Lost Sounds workshop resource kit 
Description Artefacts made: display, prototype cloud system for gathering creative commons of images and audio for workshops. Sets of differentiated handouts and videos of bird call sonograms - an education kit that can be borrowed. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact TBC 
 
Title The River Library (Claire Dean) 
Description The River Library is a set of three books to inspire storymaking that contain miniature models of rivers. People are invited to throw story dice into the books and to use these as prompts to help them tell their own stories of rivers and flooding. The symbols on the story dice include people and animals, landscapes, characters from folklore, and objects that might help in a flood. The more dice someone throws the more chance there is of a significant flood, but they could also get more elements to use in their story 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Public Engagement - It was enjoyed by visitors of all ages and 95 stories were made and shared on the day. The overall event was attracted nearly 2000. 
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/The-River-Library-CDean.pdf
 
Title The Tide Jar (Claire Dean) 
Description The Tide Jar is a story lantern that is only illuminated in the early evening when there is a full or new moon. This is when spring tides bring the highest water levels and a greater chance of flooding. The lantern is intended to be an unobtrusive reminder that calls attention to the river when daily life can disrupt our awareness of tide times and the lunar cycle. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Public engagement 
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/The-Tide-Jar-CDean.pdf
 
Title We Are Riverish (Claire Dean) 
Description We are Riverish is a story that won't last. Printed on water-soluble paper the story is made to dissolve in water and is inspired by the fact that over time many libraries and people's book collections have been lost to flooding (including, very nearly, the researcher's own). The story's narrator tells us about their childhood in a house beside an urban river. Unexpected things happen when the river decides it wants to see more of the city and takes on human-like forms, so it can leave its banks to explore. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Public engagement 
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/We-Are-Riverish-CDean.pdf
 
Title What is soil: Poetic collection of words 
Description Blog entry from Rob and Harriet Fraser reflecting on the soils workshop 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact Not aware of any 
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/What-is-Soil-Poetic-collection-of-words....
 
Title Writing for improbable book shelves 
Description FutureBook is the digitally focused publication of The Bookseller, the trade journal for publishing in the UK. This article links to Claire Dean's ongoing work for Ensemble as writer-in-residence. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact No specific impacts to report as yet. 
URL https://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/writing-improbable-bookshelf-784571
 
Description From this research, we have a deep understanding of how digital technologies incl. new ways of capturing data (such as IoT), new ways of storing and processing data (incl. cloud computing) and new ways of making sense of this data (through data science) can strongly influence the nature of environmental science and direct it towards a more open, collaborative and integrative discipline. Our work on virtual labs is also supporting this.

We have investigated these potential transformative impacts in different sectors: flooding, biodiversity, soils and ecosystem services.
Exploitation Route Virtual labs are being rolled out via our partner UK CEH through their Data Labs project, influencing future generations of JASMIN (the infrastructure for data analytics run on behalf of NERC and others).

The research is directly feeding into the UKRI programme on Constructing a Digital Environment.

The PI (and senior fellow), Prof. Blair, joined UKCEH in January 2022 as Head of Environmental Strategy and experience from this grant will directly influence this strategic work with beneficiaries being UKCEH and the broader NERC community in the UK.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Environment

URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/
 
Description The research is having a strong impact on practice in this area with key beneficiaries being: - The Environment Agency and JBA (from the work on soils) - The Environment Agency for our work on biodiversity - UKCEH in terms of inputting into their work on virtual labs (their Data Labs project) and also more broadly around their digital strategy - The broader environmental sciences community in terms of promoting the role of digital technology in this sector, including this use of virtual labs - The UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment Community around insights from the use of digital innovation in the environmental sciences - The emerging digital twins community in the UK around their role in understanding and managing the natural environment - The data science community around understanding of how data science techniques can be used in the environmental sciences
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Environment
Impact Types Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Academic expert on National Flood Risk Assessment 2 (NaFRA2): Prof. Blair
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Prof. Blair is an academic expert associated with am #8m grant from the Environment Agency to develop a system that underpins national-scale flood analysis in England using new areas of digital innovation including web technology and cloud computing. This grant is led by Jacobs and includes JBA Consulting.
URL https://www.jacobs.com/newsroom/news/jacobs-secures-national-flood-risk-assessment-2-nafra2-contract
 
Description Ask Me Anything (Prof. Blair): An Initiative within the School of Computing and Communication to share knowledge
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description Contributions to the Morecambe Bay Education Curriculum (2020 to date)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/arts-and-social-sciences/engagement/morecambe-bay-curriculum/#:~:text=Th...
 
Description DAFNI (Data & Analytics Facility for National Infrastructure) mid-year review (as member of expert review board) - DAFNI is an EPSRC funded initiative intended to develop a national platform to satisfy the computational needs in support of data analysis; infrastructure research; and strategic thinking for the UK's long term planning and investment needs.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.dafni.ac.uk/
 
Description DAFNI Expert Review Board (Prof. Blair)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.dafni.ac.uk/about/expert-review-board/
 
Description Data science opportunities for the environment
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description Digital Economy Fellows Meeting (sharing of best practice, feeding into funding policy)
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://epsrc.ukri.org/newsevents/events/digital-economy-programme-advisory-board-meeting-october-20...
 
Description EPSRC digital economy workshop to develop themes for a call for research programme: Identifying challenges for a sustainable digital society. Also, one of a small number to edit the call.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://epsrc.ukri.org/funding/calls/digital-economy-sustainable-digital-society/
 
Description Gordon sits on the Eden North Research sub committee, coordinating research opportunities with Eden North and the uni as the project unfolds
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description Input into Royal Society report on "Digital technology and the planet" (Prof. Blair`)
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://royalsociety.org/-/media/policy/projects/digital-technology-and-the-planet/digital-technolog...
 
Description Invitation to NERC Digital Environment - Infrastructure Thinking Group
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://nerc.ukri.org/innovation/activities/environmentaldata/digitalenv/
 
Description Launch of UKRI Expert network panel for Constructing a Digital Environment. Gordon is a Senior Expert on the panel.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://digitalenvironment.org/home/digital-environment-expert-network/
 
Description Morecambe Bay Curriculum Primary Schools Working Group (Dr. Edwards)
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description NERC & BBSRC shaping future calls, infastructure for future science spend (£100ms) with John Watkins.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
 
Description NERC Environmental Data Service (EDS) Strategic Need Advisory Working Group (SNAG): Prof. Blair
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description NERC Strategic Priority Fund
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
Impact I fed into thinking about the Strategic Priority Fund, also suggesting that there was real potential to work across councils, and this has been picked up
 
Description NERC's RIDE Forum for Environmental Change - talk on the role of Digital Technology in Environmental Change
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
 
Description UKRI Climate Resilience Workshop (Prof. Blair)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
 
Description UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment programme: member of Expert Network (Prof. Blair)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://digitalenvironment.org/home/digital-environment-expert-network/
 
Description UKRI Infrastructure Roadmap Environment Sector Thinking Group meeting
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://www.ukri.org/files/infrastructure/landscape-analysis-2-pdf/
 
Description 10 week internship - development of Flood Box and Flood Resilient Home
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Lancaster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2018 
End 09/2018
 
Description ABC: Adaptive Brokerage for the Cloud, funded by the EPSRC (Responsive Mode)
Amount £388,701 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R010889/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2018 
End 12/2020
 
Description AI 4 Earth grant for Azure
Amount $15,000 (USD)
Organisation Microsoft Research 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 02/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description CROP-Net: Monitoring and Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Crop Yields
Amount £27,753 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/5017208/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description Computing at Schools - Lost Sounds
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Lancaster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Data Science of the Natural Environment, New Approaches to Data Science EPSRC Call
Amount £2,656,400 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/R01860X/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 03/2023
 
Description Design Principles and Responsible Innovation for a Sustainable Digital Economy (Paris-DE)
Amount £895,718 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V042378/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2021 
End 08/2024
 
Description Detecting soil degradation and restoration through a novel coupled sensor and machine learning framework
Amount £811,651 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T012307/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2020 
End 12/2022
 
Description ESRC IAA funding for Lost Sounds project
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 06/2020
 
Description EnvChain - Exploring the viability of using blockchain-based approaches to build trust in the creation, audit and use of synthesised data products to support a broad range of environmental data use cases
Amount £43,189 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2018 
End 03/2018
 
Description Environment Agency Small Grant on an eDNA software pipeline in the cloud
Amount £2,000 (GBP)
Organisation Environment Agency 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Faculty Staff Travel Grants
Amount £350 (GBP)
Funding ID TG 16/69 
Organisation Lancaster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Faculty Student Travel Grants
Amount £114 (GBP)
Funding ID GSTG-17-103 
Organisation Lancaster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 07/2017
 
Description Future Places: A Digital Economy Centre on Understanding Place Through Pervasive Computing
Amount £2,931,665 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T022574/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 07/2025
 
Description Knowledge Transfer Partnership with JBA Consulting on digital technology and flood risk management
Amount £116,414 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 11/2020
 
Description Lancaster University FST Outreach Grant - Lost Sounds
Amount £1,500 (GBP)
Organisation Lancaster University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Methodologically Enhanced Virtual Labs for Early Warning of Significant or Catastrophic Change in Ecosystems: Changepoints for a Changing Planet
Amount £203,419 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T006102/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2019 
End 11/2020
 
Description Microsoft AI for Earth grant
Amount $15,000 (USD)
Organisation Microsoft Research 
Sector Private
Country Global
Start 02/2019 
End 02/2020
 
Description Monitoring and predicting the effects of climate change on crop yields
Amount £27,752 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/S017208/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2019 
End 01/2020
 
Description Morecambe Bay Timescapes; Engaging Young People in Visualising Coastal Futures
Amount £9,233 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/W00481X/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2021 
End 01/2022
 
Title N14CP-Ag model outputs 
Description N14CP-Ag model outputs for long term validation sites. The model was applied to 62 plots across 11 long-term experimental sites. Plot numbers and information can be found in associated metadata file. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Further impacts will be reported in future years 
URL http://www.research.lancs.ac.uk/portal/en/datasets/n14cpag-model-outputs(6bff02b8-481f-43b2-9764-458...
 
Description Collaboration with RSPB to develop a Digital Tern Lure 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaboration with RSPB on the development of a digital Tern Lure. Dr. Edwards met with Calum Booth to discuss technical challenges for RSPB work which led to the development of the Tern Lure, to attract the birds to suitable, safe breeding sites. The modular system is transferrable and we have begun to discuss how the principles might be used to manage other remote technologies, like electric fencing.
Collaborator Contribution Advice on development.
Impact Development of the Tern Lure, to attract the birds to suitable, safe breeding sites.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Collaboration with Small World Consulting 
Organisation Small World Consulting
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution As part of the fellowship, we have an ongoing relationship with Small World Consulting. This included working with them and supporting a project on 'Current Global Food Production is Sufficient to Meet Human Needs in 2050'.The fellowship supported the development of a model that traces every human-essential nutrient from field to fork and other end-points at the global regional and national level. A paper was submitted called Current global food production is sufficient to meet human nutritional needs in 2050 provided there is societal adaptation, submitted to Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, and currently under review. The findings were also presented as one of the keynote talks at the N8 Agrifood conference in January 2020. This may result in a collaboration with the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford.
Collaborator Contribution TBC
Impact TBC
Start Year 2016
 
Description Creation of a new Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS) 
Organisation UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Prof. Blair is Co-founder and now Co-Director of the Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS), a joint initiative between Lancaster University and CEH, and we held the launch event on the 9th and 10th May 2019.
Collaborator Contribution It's been a joint venture in terms of setting up and running the Centre with significant investment from both sides including the creation of 3 senior (professorial level) posts - one still to be filled.
Impact Further funding secured: Data Science of the natural Environment £2.65m Cropnet: £28 000 Changepoint: £240 000 Disciplines involved: Computer Science, Maths and Stats, Social Science and Environmental Science
Start Year 2019
 
Description Lost Sounds Project (collaboration with National Trust) 
Organisation National Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Dr. Edwards met with staff at Clumber Park to discuss potential for running a Lost Sounds pilot project. She returned to run a demo with a small group of staff from different teams (including Rangers, Education and Visitor Experience). During the event we discussed how the activities might be used with different groups (e.g. as a drop-in, half term activity etc). As a result we have booked in a first full workshop with Youth Rangers with a view to creating interpretation for the property, with other activities to follow.
Collaborator Contribution Provided a venue and advice to run the project.
Impact As a result we have booked in a first full workshop with Youth Rangers with a view to creating interpretation for the property, with other activities to follow.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Lost Sounds Project (collaboration with RSPB) 
Organisation Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaboration with RSPB, Computing at Schools (including Code Ambassadors) and West End Primary School, Morecambe on Lost Sounds project. Dr. Edwards met with RSPB staff to discuss a project involving fieldwork, arts activities. We collaborated to create a workshop involving fieldwork and other activities. We identified potential target schools for the pilot project. We approached the school and made a plan. We developed the activities with the support of Computing at Schools with a view to sharing materials for dissemination to other schools.
Collaborator Contribution Advice on birds in Morecamble Bay for project.
Impact A number of workshops held with school children.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision making 
Organisation Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Prof. Blair attended initial planning, and then launch and closing events of 'mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision making' - 3-5th July 2019, then 31st July-2nd August 2019 resp. He worked in particular on a sub-theme: model coupling and gave a presentation on this topic. The workshop strongly influenced the UKRI SPF call on Landscape Decision Making.
Collaborator Contribution Building a community around Landscape Decision Making.
Impact See calls from https://nerc.ukri.org/research/funded/programmes/landscape/
Start Year 2019
 
Description 11th International Conference of the ERCIM WG on Computational and Methodological Statistics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation: Understanding and communicating widespread flood risk; Presenter: Ross Towe, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, Co-authors: Jonathan Tawn, Rob Lamb
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description ACM Computing Across Disciplines Podcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Gordon Blair interviewed by ACM Computing Across Disciplines podcast about his research at the intersection of distributed systems and teh environmental sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://acm-fca.org/2019/03/04/gordon-blair-computing-environmental-science/
 
Description Advance CRT Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Advance CRT Summer School, Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training, doctoral training centre in Ireland, hosted by University College Cork, via Zoom. Gordon spoke on A Tale of Two Cities: Reflections on Digital Technology and the Natural Environment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.advance-crt.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Summer-School-Booklet-6.pdf
 
Description Attended NERC call on Covid's impact on Environment Agency 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact NERC hosted call on covid impact on environment agency, discussing how data science might be able to help EA when they're not able to do surveys / making more of less data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Big Data and The Earth Science Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Ross shared about Ensemble's work at the Big Data and The Earth Science workshop in California, 31st May - 2 June, promoting the project and disseminating initial research ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://prp.ucsd.edu/BigDataEarthScience_Agenda_FINAL.pdf
 
Description Biodiversity launch workshop at Brockholes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 2 day workshop at Brockholes in Preston (12th-13th March, 2018) to launch the biodiversity sprint. Team shared their research aims and biodiversity partners shared the challenges they face - project ideas were formed for the team to carry forward. The workshop was important to build a community around the work going forward. The workshop also involved a strong element of disseminating our work to key stakeholders including Natural England, JBA Consulting, JRC, CEH and the Eden Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Biodiversity logbooks/plant blindness 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This project was launched in 2020 using digitally inspired creative techniques to addressing plant blindness in primary school education using a 'design for noticing;' approach. The project was run with two year three classes (approx. 50 children) over 5 sessions. The sessions varied from a 1 hr session to one full day session. This work is also ongoing with further schools interested in hosting events and the work is also feeding into curricula planning at a regional level. The work is led by Drs Serena Pollastri and Liz Edwards.
Work produced by children from the biodiversity logbook events was also exhibited in Shanghai, China in an event called "Design, Nature and the Pluriverse".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://imagination.lancaster.ac.uk/project/biodiversity-logbooks/
 
Description Blog article by Watermark about Data Drift 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://watermarkfund.org/calderdale/a-day-at-warland-farm/
 
Description Blog article from JBA Consulting about Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.jbaconsulting.com/knowledge-hub/flood-impacts-science-technology/
 
Description CEEDS Seminar Series 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Launched seminar series at CEEDS, Gordon coordinated series, chaired talk on 20th May 2020 (Visions of a Data Driven Environmental Science), and spoke on 17th June 2020. 80-90, national audience from Lancaster University and UKCEH
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/news/ceeds-seminar-series-launched
 
Description CEEDS workshop on models coupling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact CEEDS Workshop on Model Coupling

CEEDS is organising an online workshop on Friday 18th September, 1100-1300 on the important topic of model coupling. This is in follow up to the successful seminar held in June and is a pilot for a series of such workshops intended to maintain the narrative initially developed at seminars. The goal is for this process to lead to concrete outputs such as research bids and joint papers. The workshop will consider key questions raised at the seminar around the role of model coupling in integrated environmental modelling, including questions around how we deal with issues around uncertainty, scaling and complex feedbacks, and how to provide a modular toolkit to ease the development of coupled models. The workshop will be facilitated by Countryscape.

The workshop will be held online on zoom, and a link will be sent to participants in advance of the workshop.
It is necessary to register in advance for this workshop at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ceeds-online-workshop-on-model-coupling-tickets-119956590391
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Co-conveneving of EGU session on Soils and the Critical Zone: carbon, resilience, and change 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Victoria Janes-Bassett was a co-convener of this EGU session, held on 1st May 2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/35056
 
Description Co-convening of an EGU Session on Soil function, ecosystem services and the Sustainable Development Goals agenda, Dr. Victoria Janes-Bassett 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EGU Event: Soil function, ecosystem services and the Sustainable Development Goals agenda
Co-organized by EOS8/BG3
Convener: Paulo Pereira | Co-conveners: Miriam Muñoz-Rojas, Yang YuECS, Wenwu Zhao, Daniel EvansECS, Victoria Janes-Bassett
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39188
 
Description Contributions to a Research in the Box initiative 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Edwards/Dean and Blair contributed project descriptions to a Research in the Box initiative designed to encourage diverse cohorts of students to engage in creative, real-world computing projects. The projects are intentionally designed for teachers and students of computing at GCSE and A-level, and all have a link to university-level research. They may be used in classroom lessons, remotely as independent learning activities or in informal education settings such as clubs. The motivational material may also be useful in promotional activities - promoting computing, as a subject, to students and parents.

The two projects are on: the social network of soils and data visualisation around societal grand challenges resp., and are available as a web rersource.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.researchbox.org.uk/
 
Description Dagstuhl seminar on Modeling for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I co-organised and participated in a Dagstuhl seminar on Modeling for Sustainability
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dagstuhl.de/18351
 
Description Data drift walk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Data walk near Todmorden, arranged and led by Louise Mullagh as part of her PhD (which is strongly linked to the work of the Fellowship). This walk visited the Todmorden catchment - and area that has experienced severe flooding, and included researchers, local flood action groups, and representatives of JBA consulting and the environment agency allowing dialogue across these groups in a more informal setting. The walk was also used as a data gathering exercise to capture insights and views about flooding in that catchment, including consideration of mitigation strategies. This has led to future plans fro collaboration building on these insights. This walk took place on 20th July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Data science approaches for soil carbon mapping: comparing and evaluating statistical and machine learning methods 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lancaster Data Science Institute Lunchtime Talk by Dr. Victoria Janes-Bassett on Data science approaches for soil carbon mapping: comparing and evaluating statistical and machine learning methods
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/events/dsi-weds-lunchtime-talks-tori-janes-bassett
 
Description Digital Technology and Living with Environmental Change (Seminar at U. Leeds) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Blair led a seminar at the University of Leeds on Digital Technology and Living with Environmental Change on 4th December 2020 (online event)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Eden Project North Community Conversations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 18 October 2019: Show and Tell involving Liz Edwards, Claire Dean at Eden Project North, Community Conversation Day. Morecambe's Winter Gardens - involved Zoetrope and Lost Sounds project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.edenproject.com/media/2019/10/morecambe-community-to-engage-in-eden-project-north-conver...
 
Description Education in the context of a climate crisis 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Short talks by staff at Lancaster University, Eden Project and local schools involved in the Morecambe Bay Curriculum. Jo Knight, Professor of Applied Data Science Lancaster University and Gabriella Gilkes, Eden Project Science Engagement Lead. The event was primarily for teachers and those interested in education. The event was run online with a combination of pre-recorded presentations and live Q&A.

The speakers were:
Sam Kendall, Education Manager, Eden Project Cornwall
Professor Rob Barratt, Eden Project North Chair of Education & Engagement, Lancaster University
Linda Pye, Headteacher Ryelands School
Jason Brooks, Eden Project International
Liz Edwards, Lancaster University(part of Ensemble)
Alison Wilkinson, South Lakes Federation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://youtu.be/HCJEnNmzvRU
 
Description Extreme Value Analysis for Natural Hazards Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Disseminating project outputs and discussions about how research could be used in practice. Further evidence from US Army Corps of Engineers about the benefits of the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://evan2017.wordpress.com/programme/
 
Description Flood Modelling Sprint Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Flood Modelling Sprint Workshop, 20th-21st March 2017

This workshop is co-organised by Lancaster University and JBA Trust and is a key stakeholder engagement event driving the first sprint associated with the Senior Fellowship - targeting the role of digital technology in transforming future flood modelling architectures.

This overall goal of the workshop is to drive innovation in flood modelling tools and provide initial input to the sprint team, funded by the fellowship.

The more specific goals are to:
1. Map out the policy/business drivers and applications that require an understanding of flood risk
2. Identify innovations in digital technologies that could be exploited for flood risk modelling
3. Inform and advise the Sprint team on priorities for innovation and experimentation

The audiences consists of key individuals with strategic and/or high-level technical interest in flood risk modelling and data, in particular with a focus on decision making over a range of time and spatial scales, from local to national, and from event scale to climate change adaptation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Flooding Non-Stationarity Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ross Towe input into non-stationarity for flooding workshop and presented his research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Green Data Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Gordon Blair gave Keynote talk at a Green Data Event in London - industrial focused event. My talk was on Environmental Data Science: Making Sense of Complex Environmental Data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://eic-uk.co.uk/event/green-data-how-digitalisation-is-transforming-environmental-policy-and-pra...
 
Description Hosted presentation from Theresa Griffin MEP 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Hosted Theresa Griffin (MEP) for a session looking at how researchers can translate data-driven science into policy including practical steps to influence key policy development. This was an important session for the team and for the broader Data Science Institute, helping us to develop (often very practical) skills for how to engage with politicians and how to influence policy. The meeting also had a very positive side-effect in terms of Theresa Griffin becoming aware of the important research being carried out at Lancaster around technology, data science and society..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description HydroInformatics Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Ross spoke at the HydroInformatics Conference, Alabama, 25-27th July, promoting the project and disseminating initial research ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description ICDCS conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Gordon Blair gave a presentation entitled Complex Distributed Systems: The Need for Fresh Perspectives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/on-complexity-in-distributed-systems/
 
Description IS-GEO webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gordon Blair held an online webinar to the IS-GEO group looking at Intelligent Systems for the Geosciences. His topic was Digital Technology and Living with Environmental Change
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://is-geo.org/
 
Description International Workshop on Data Science for High Impact Weather and Flood Prediction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk presented on the research being carried out in the fellowship, eh talk being entitled: A
Data Science of the Natural Environment: Applied to Flood Risk Management. The event took place from 20th-22nd Novermber 2017 in Reading and included a broad audience of academics and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Lancaster University and Eco-Commons project, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact LU and Eco-Commons project in Australia. 2 hour workshop. 10th September. With John Watkins
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Living with Environmental Change Fellows Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A workshop bringing together EPSRC's Living With Environmental Change Fellows to explore the interconnections between this exciting and varied new programme of research. The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss Lancaster's interdisciplinary approach to 'living with environmental change' research, including the innovative new links between the Data Science Institute and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology focused on creating data science for the environment; and the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business's approach to bringing science and business together to co-create sustainable solutions.
This event was hosted in Lancaster on 9th and 10th February 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2017
 
Description Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Fellowship team joined with others from JBA Trust, the Environment Agency, the Cuidar project and HighWire Centre for Doctoral Training to deliver a series of installations at the Manchester Science Festival (21st October 2017). The installations, which were located on the 'Pi Platform' in the Power Hall at Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, attracted nearly 2000 visitors in a single day, the highest number of visitors to any Pi Platform event during the festival this year.

The activities addressed flooding from a variety of perspectives including flood risk, flood preparation and resilience. Outputs of the day included educating public and interest in developing some installations for further distribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/manchester-science-festival/
 
Description Manchester Science Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/manchester-science-festival/
 
Description Meeting with ECMWF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Team travelled to Reading to meet with ECMWF team to hear about their work and and the challenges they face in terms of technical infrastructure. We also described our approach incl. our use of cloud computing and also the use of triple stores/ linked data together with emerging notebook technology. This was very well received and will be considered for ongoing work at ECMWF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Morecambe Bay Timescapes Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The timescapes project worked with 14-18 year olds at Carnforth High School, Morecambe Bay Academy, Our Lady's Catholic College, Bay Leadership Academy, and Lancaster and Morecambe College to create images of coastal futures in Morecambe Bay. The project was supported by Lancashire Archive, Lancaster City Museum, Lancaster Maritime Museum, and Heysham Heritage association, who provided archival materials documenting historical changes around the bay, and also by artist Karen Lester, who ran a session on documenting saltmarshes. Approx 100 young people involved. Sessions focused on the past, present and future (predictions) for the coast. The young people produced images to be turned into steroscopic images of imagined futures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/scc/about-us/news/morecambe-bay-timescapes-engaging-young-people-in-visu...
 
Description Morecambe Bay Timescapes: Exhibition 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Exhibition Event for the AHRC funded Morecambe Bay Timescapes Project at the Midland Hotel. Approx 65 young people plus teachers involved, along with 15 experts in flood risk management, engineering, flora& fauna, architecture and planning, and 5 others with academic or related interests. With core team approx 100 people in total. We exhibited work produced by young people as part of the project. We demonstrated our bespoke steroescopes showing stereograms of the young people's work. Students visited the exhibition in small groups with an expert to show and discuss their ideas. They also took part in roundtable discussions with experts who reflected on the imagined coastal futures in relation to their specialist knowledge and practice. The event also acted as a space for experts to network. (Through the event we also made links with other organisations in relation to other ongoing projects including Biodiversity Logbooks and The Lost Sounds.)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Newsletters 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Newsletter in Summer 2018 and Winter 2018/19 were distributed to people who had signed up to publicise work of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Newton Institute Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Newton Institute, 4 day workshop, 7-10th September. Gordon will be writing a blog entry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation at 11th International Conference on Extreme Value Analysis 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Lancaster team (Christian Rohrbeck, Emma Simpson and Ross Towe) of the results of the EVA2019 data challenge. A paper is being written based on the results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://web.math.pmf.unizg.hr/eva2019/
 
Description Presentation at DARE workshop (Data Assimilation for the Resilient City) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://research.reading.ac.uk/dare/events/workshop-on-data-science-for-high-impact-weather-and-floo...
 
Description Presentation at EnvironInfo 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Graham Dean presented paper entitled: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Finding and Using Data for Complex Environmental Modelling Problems: A Soil System Example
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at Environmental Intelligence Summit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation and panel session by Prof. Blair on environmental data science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=9167
 
Description Presentation at Flood & Coast 2019 Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Barry Hankin presented at a workshop at the Flood & Coast 2019 Conference (industry's main flood risk management conference) in Telford. He shared about the flood table project which was seed-funded by the Fellowship, his presentation included who they have engaged with, feedback from users and critiques. He mentioned Ensemble in his presentation. There were discussions around the new FCERM strategy (Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy) and may have fed into the EA's thinking for their new strategy.

(Gordon - I have more details on this in Barry's email if needed, 1/11/19)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.floodandcoast.com/conference/2019-speakers/barry-4/
 
Description Presentation at International Glaciological Society ECR workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation of "Environmental data science and its transformative potential" at the International Glaciological Society ECR workshop hosted at Lancaster Unviersity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presented paper at Data for Policy conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presented paper by Prof. Blair at Data for Policy Conference, London on Trusted Brokers?: Identifying the Challenges Facing Data Centres
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://zenodo.org/record/2798468#.XVWIEfZFwYt
 
Description Press Release - Senior Fellowship 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Press release announcing Prof. Gordon Blair's senior fellowship on 'The role of digital technologies in understanding, mitigating and adapting to environmental change.'

This press release was picked up by the THES, and featured in their gran winners section.

The press release was also featured on Lancaster University and EPSRC websites.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/grant-winners-27-october-2016#survey-answer
 
Description Press Release for Manchester Sceince Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact TBC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/news/articles/2017/flood-impacts-brought-to-life-through-science-and-tech...
 
Description RIDE Forum Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Prof. Blair at the Research & Innovation for our Dynamic Environment (RIDE) Forum event, London, 27th November 2019 on "Digital Technology and Environmental Change"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://nerc.ukri.org/research/partnerships/ride/
 
Description Research visit to U. Griffith, Brisbane 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk presented at University of Griffith on 12th February 2018 on Digital Technologies for Environmental Science. This visit also included discussions with researchers working on the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory - with plans to collaborate closely in future activity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Revealing the Mill Race 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Louise Mullagh & Justin Larner organised a walk along the way of the Mill Race in Lancaster to explore how communities and businesses who experience flooding can contribute their knowledge, experiences and memories about these events in the city and to the data collected by environmental and data scientists. The Mill Race is a stream that lies underneath the city and once fed the mill near Dye House Lane in the city centre. It started close to what is now Ladies Walk and can still be seen where it empties into the Lune, underneath Millenium Bridge. It sparked local interest in a hidden feature of the city and how it may have influenced recent major flooding events as a peculiarity of the place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/join-team-walk-lancasters-mill-race/
 
Description SECURE Grand Challenge, Glasgow 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Ross and Graham attended SECURE Grand Challenge Event at Uni of Glasgow, they have since submitted a successful bid to develop methods of sampling and characterising complex impacts on the seabed, which can be used to understand the environmental implications of finfish aquaculture more effectively. 23 May 2017
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description School Visit for Science Week 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Liz Edwards gave a talk to two classes at Quernmore Primary School about her job as part of Science Week.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Soil natural capital valuation needs for agri-business, 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk deliver by Victoria Janes-Bassett at the Valuing Nature Research and Innovation in support of Business conference, Royal Society, 02/2020
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://valuing-nature.net/sites/default/files/documents/Synthesis_reports/VNP08-NatCapSynthesisRepo...
 
Description Soil sprint opening workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Workshop to launch the soils workshop. 28 attendees, held in Grange-over-Sands. Projects launched, priorities and goals set, and participants agreed to work together on a future bid to the UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment, demonstrator call (now submitted).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/soil-modelling-a-changing-landscape/
 
Description Speaking at Environmental Sustainability of the Digital Revolution workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Speaking at Environmental Sustainability of the Digital Revolution workshop hosted by Oxford University, tale of two cities. Led to paper being written.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Speaking at Lancaster University's Eden Big Conversation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof. Blair presented at Big Conversation with Eden North, Lancaster University - feeding into vision of Eden North, in particular the idea for a Morecambe Bay Virtual Observatory
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eden-big-conversation-22nd-march-tickets-57785078726
 
Description Statistical Modelling of Environmental Extremes Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact External Seminar given by Ross Towe at University of Nottingham, 15th February 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/mathematics/events/seminarsp20180215.aspx
 
Description Steering Committee meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As per EPSRC funding proposal, we gathered a steering committee to Lancaster University to present the work we had done so far and gain feedback and input into future work. Outputs of the day were recommendations for the fellowship team with regards to working style, content, processes, etc. The meeting also included a strong element of disseminating results to the members present, which included people from the EPSRC, the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Reading and Heriot Watt, JNCC, JRC, Microsoft and the Met Office. The event took place on 27th September, 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Summit: Role of Digital Technologies in Responding to the Grand Challenges of the Natural Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A Summit on the Role of Digital Technologies in Responding to the Grand Challenges of the Natural Environment was held to discuss ways forward for the future. Collaborations have arisen from the event along with a paper to be published.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/the-windermere-accord-addressing-the-role-of-digital-technologies-i...
 
Description Talk at Faculty Christmas Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Prof Blair presented a talk on Environmental Data Science: Addressing Global Challenges through Data-driven Innovations at the Faculty of Science and Technology Christmas conference, Lancaster University on 19th December 2017. This disseminated results of the fellowship to a broad audience from across the university and was also used to inspire researchers to carry out work in this area. Members of teh general public were also present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Team meeting to Environment Agency office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Team travelled to meet with partners at Environment Agency in Leeds. The meeting involved dissemination of the interim results of the flood sprint and getting feedback on the work to date. This is part of a deep interaction with the Environment Agency which is influencing their thoughts on the role of data and data science in future flood planning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Team members at Leeds and Bradford Royal Statistical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Session focusing on statistics, the media and public engagement and included dissemination of the results of the flood spring in the fellowship.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Teleconference with United Utilities 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstrate the outputs of the flood sprint and how these might feed into the MENTOR bid. Potential crossovers with the operations of United Utilities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Lost Sounds Project: Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 15 events in total involving 22 days, delivered at:
8 formal education settings, (7 primary schools and 1 nursery), approx 290 people directly reached , 750 indirect
7 informal / other settings (2 National trust properties, 3 community outreach events) Approx 170 people reached, 1150 people indirectly reached.

Also had meetings with Dunham Massey, Birkenhead Primary School, SandyLands primary school, and Wildlife Trust in Heysham.

Project has resulted in collaborations with RSPB, Eden North, national Trust, Wildlife Trust, The Exchange CIC (Arts Organisation), Curlew Action.

The Lost Sounds was incorporated in the Eden Project's COP26 Pavillion in Glasgow, to represent a 'Powerful Project' from Eden Project North.

Offered Intern - Ryan, paid 4 other students and external person, team of 6 volunteers to assist workshop delivery.

Employed Julia Swarbrick, printmaker, resulting in artist wanting to incorporate more digital elements in her workshops.

Deepened existing connections between wildlife organisations and schools, and facilitated new connections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019,2020,2022
URL http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/thelostsounds/events/
 
Description The hidden change below our feet - how can models and data science help us uncover the long-term impacts of humans on our soils? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Science Week 2021 - Sunway University, Physics and LEC Research Talks
Talk by Dr. Victoria Janes-Bassett on The hidden change below our feet - how can models and data science help us uncover the long-term impacts of humans on our soils?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/sci-tech/about-us/events/science-week-2021-wednesday-afternoon-session
 
Description Travelling in Climate Time 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public event at Lancaster Maritime Museum during Half Term as part of Lancaster University's COP26 events. Dr. Liz Edwards ran the Lost Sounds to tie in with a history and natural history walk led by others in the group. Dr. Serena Pollastri ran Biodiversity Logbooks and made cyanotypes with participants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/events/travelling-in-climate-time
 
Description Trip to Eden Project, Cornwall 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Involved discussion and input into ideas for Eden Project North, an initiative to by the Eden Project to create a major new attraction in Morecambe, Lancashire, designed to help the regeneration of the area socially, economically and environmentally. A key part of their thinking is to have an Eden Bay Observatory allowing access to a rich variety of data about the many aspects of the bay ecosystems, and we have been working with them on how such a virtual observatory may be constructed (using contemporary cloud-based tools), and how complex and heterogeneous data may be interpreted and presented.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/667-2/
 
Description Twenty Years of Adaptive and Reflective Middleware: A Janus Perspective 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Prof. Blair gave an invited talk at the 19th Workshop on Adaptive and Reflexive Middleware, December 8th, 2020, Delft, The Netherlands on Twenty Years of Adaptive and Reflective Middleware: A Janus Perspective.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://armworkshop.github.io/
 
Description UK land now stores 7% more carbon than 300 years ago - what that means for the environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Media article by Dr. Victoria Janes-Bassett on UK land now stores 7% more carbon than 300 years ago - what that means for the environment, published in The Conversation, April 16th 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/uk-land-now-stores-7-more-carbon-than-300-years-ago-what-that-means-for-...
 
Description UKRI Constructing a Digital Environment Programme: Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact John Watkins (CEH) attended Edinburgh (16 Oct) and Mike Brown (CEH) Cardiff (4 Oct): Constructing a Digital Environment workshops

Presentation of current UKRI funding landscape and opportunities for collaborations. Facilitation of discussions for potential research in constructing digital environment grant rounds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://nerc.ukri.org/innovation/activities/environmentaldata/digitalenv/news/workshops/
 
Description University of British Columbia, Master of Management Summer School, Talk by Dr. Edwards on Design Artefacts and Stakeholder Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to staff team, Master of Management Summer School, University of British Columbia, about the use of design artefacts for use for stakeholder engagement; has led to delivering at this year's summer school.

Writing paper with Mike Chiasson on research through design and its relationship to management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit to CEH, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Blair presented a talk on a Data Science of the Natural Environment to CEH (Edinburgh site) on 24th October 2017. This helped disseminate results of the fellowship to a broader audience and also led to further collaboration with the Edinburgh site of CEH.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to JRC, Ispra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof. Blair presented the work of the Fellowship and also Models in the Cloud to the EU's Joint Research Centre, in Ispra Italy, disseminating results of this work and also building partnerships for ongoing collaboration. This is important as JRC are at the heart of work to influence European policy based on scientific evidence. The visit took place between 5th and 7th July 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Visit to thr Informatics Lab, Met Office 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Ensemble group visited the Met Office, Informatics Lab on 28th November 2018 to discuss common interests around digital technology and environmental change, and to discuss future collaborations, for example around the concept of virtual labs. The Informatics Lab (https://www.informaticslab.co.uk/) has a mission to rapidly develop prototypes which explore how we can use new technology, science and design to make our data useful, and hence there is a significant overlap with the work in Ensemble.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ensembleprojects.org/667-2/
 
Description Workshop for flood sprint launch 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A two day workshop with the team and project partners to launch the flood sprint, held in Kendal (20th-21st March, 2017). This workshop helped shape the agenda for the activities of the next year and also built a community to support the research, with strong participation from the Environment Agency, JBA Trust, ECMWF, Oasis and United Utilities, along with a number of leading academics from flood risk and hydrology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on Software Engineering for Sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A two day workshop was held involving members of Lancaster University and INRIA, held in Rennes on 28th February - 1st March 2017. The purpose was to share our research on the topic of software engineering and sustainability/ living with environmental change, and to look at specific collaboration around the role of model-driven engineering in supporting such work.
This workshop builds on a previous visit by Benoit Combemale to Lancaster University on 5th and 6th December 2016.
It is anticipated that this will be an important ongoing collaboration for the Models in the Cloud project and the greater Living with Environmental Change activities at Lancaster.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop to conclude flood sprint 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Two day workshop in Kendal to conclude the flood sprint (23rd-24th January 2018). The team presented the work and, with partners, developed further projects to embed the findings into industry. Outputs included requests for further involvement, future project plans, as well as plans for artistic outputs. Influencing key stakeholders, esp EA, DEFRA and JBA, influencing future directions for NAFRA 2 and DAFNi. It is very likely that there will be at least three further research proposals emanating from this workshop, all targeting knowledge transfer, and these will be reported in future through Research Fish.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop with Natural Resources Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Workshop with Natural Resources Wales as part of DSNE, 20 people, national, future work agreed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020