Data Science of the Natural Environment

Lead Research Organisation: Lancaster University
Department Name: Mathematics and Statistics

Abstract

We will develop a data science of the natural environment, deploying modern machine learning and statistical techniques to enable better-informed decision-making as our climate changes. While an explosion in data science research has fuelled enormous advances in areas as diverse as eCommerce and marketing, smart cities, logistics and transport, health and wellbeing, these tools have yet to be fully deployed in one of the most pressing problems facing humanity, that of mitigating and adapting to climate change. This project brings together world-leading statisticians, computer scientists and environmental scientists alongside an extensive array of key public and private stakeholder organisations to effect a step change in data culture in the environmental sciences.

The project will develop a new approach to data science of the natural environment driven by three representative grand challenges of environmental science: predicting ice sheet melt, modelling and mitigating poor air quality, and managing land use for maximal societal benefit. In each motivational challenge, there is already an extensive scientific expertise, with intricate models of processes at multiple scales. However this sophisticated modelling of system components is usually let down by naive integration of these components together, and inadequate calibration to observed data. The consequence is poor predictions with a high level of uncertainty and hence poorly-informed policy making. As new forms of environmental data become available, and the pressures on our natural environment from climate change increase, this gap is becoming a pressing concern, and we bring an impressive team to bear on the problem.

A key theme of the project is integration, developing a suite of novel data science tools which work together in a modular fashion, and with existing scientifically-informed process models. By building a team that spans the inter-disciplinary divisions between data and environmental scientists we can ensure the necessary interoperability of methods that is currently lacking. Working with the full range of stakeholder environmental organisations will enable continual co-design of the programme and training of end-user scientists to ensure a reduction of the skills gap in this area. The resultant culture shift in the data literacy of the environmental sciences will enable better decision-making as climate change places ever greater strains on our society.

Planned Impact

We seek a coupling of cutting edge intellectual endeavour with a strong focus on impact. This work is supported by an impressive set of twenty-two partners that represent a who's who of the environmental community alongside key data science players:

Our partners include (contacts in brackets): the Environment Agency (Stuart Homann), Defra (Andy Stott), the Met Office (Vicky Pope, Alberto Arribas, Fiona O'Connor), JBA Trust (Rob Lamb), CEFAS (Jon Barry), the National Oceanography Centre (Kevin Horsburgh), the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (Andy Shepherd), British Antarctic Survey (David Vaughan), Natural England (Ruth Waters), Natural Resources Wales (Jim Latham), the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (Deborah Procter), the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (Jean-François Lamarque), the Scottish Government (Andrew Taylor), SEPA (Colin Gillespie), Jülich Forschungszentrum (Thomas Lippert), and the DAFNI Consortium (Jim Hall). In terms of health impacts, we also have the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research as a partner (Aziz Sheik, Colin Simpson). Mike Berners-Lee (Small World Consulting) has a crucial role in translating science into policy. The RIDE Forum (Vicky Pope) - formerly LWEC - is on board to support outreach to the public sector. In terms of data science, we have Microsoft Research (Kenji Takeda), BT (Fraser Burton) and EDF (Hugo Winter) as partners. We also look forward to working closely with the Alan Turing and Farr Institutes, with links to both.

In approaching partners, we have observed a real hunger for more sophisticated data science methods tailored for the environment. The partners will be intrinsically folded into the research through the ongoing co-design of the project (continuing the process that started with the scoping of the motivating challenges). The key mechanism to support continual co-design is the use of an agile development methodology where we fold in the end user community as an intrinsic part of the development process, and this includes challenge and methodological workshops, supplemented by monthly show and tell sessions, where we get frequent feedback from different end user groups at key stages of the research.

The partners also support a multi-faceted impact strategy:

1. Impact on science and its organisation. We place significant emphasis on achieving a transformative impact on science by working closely with our partner organisations to achieve the necessary organisational culture shift towards one that embraces the full potential of data science and its role within a new kind of open, integrative and collaborative science. Key mechanisms: challenge themes, continuous co-design, workshops, our agile methodology and show and tell sessions.

2. Impact on training. We will address the acute skills shortages in environmental data science through the development of a new breed of researchers that understand both contemporary data science practices and the challenges of environmental science. We also place emphasis on training to amplify this impact to partner organisations and beyond. Key mechanisms: training events and online materials, summer schools.

3. Impact on policy. We also focus heavily on the role of data science to support the development of mitigation and adaptation policy, with this work being enhanced by associated research around data, trust and communication (as a planned PhD topic). We will also utilise Small World Consulting, JBA and the RIDE Forum in this translational work. Key mechanisms: policy workshops, secondments.

4. Impact on the public. We plan a number of public outreach events as part of the programme of research. Key mechanisms: Data Science Meetups, public lectures, Café Scientifique.

The combined contribution from the partners is £542,680. Further details of our impact strategy can be found in Pathways to Impact (also refer to letters of support).

Organisations

Publications

10 25 50
 
Description Our project is beginning to provide non-academic impacts, although these have been slowed by COVID. Our impact is mainly in the training and advising of government and other bodies, and working with SME's. The first steps towards success in influencing international policy are participating as a government-nominated expert in the Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Scoping Workshop on the Nexus Assessment on the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of climate change, which produced a scoping report to be considered (and hopefully approved) at the IPBES-8 plenary in 2021. We have also secured Innovate UK funding to work with Miralis Data, to help them expand the environmental offerings around their route-planning software.
First Year Of Impact 2020
Sector Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Transport
Impact Types Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Evidence submission for Defra Air Quality Expert Group (impact of COVID lockdown)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/reports?report_id=1005
 
Description Expert evidence to People's Climate Panel, Barrow-in-Furness
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://sharedfuturecic.org.uk/
 
Description Expert evidence to People's Climate Panel, Copeland
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
URL https://sharedfuturecic.org.uk/
 
Description Invited expert for Climate Change Citizens' Jury, Lancaster
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a advisory committee
Impact Climate science expert for the 30 participants of Lancaster People's Jury on Climate Change, who were selected from the local general public. This involved briefing the participants on climate science and then addressing their questions related to the science, policy and future emissions. The process was instigated and funded by Lancaster City Council, and is being delivered by Shared Future CIC.
URL https://sharedfuturecic.org.uk/category/climate-change/
 
Description Use of ecological sampling design algorithm for national malaria programs (mosquito surveillance)
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
Impact The use of the ecological sampling design algorithm developed by us allows an optimisation of the entomological spatial sampling design for areas with limited prior information. This has been proof to improve accuracy in the estimates but also reduced costs in the logistics.
 
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 Digital Twin Antarctica
Amount € 350,000 (EUR)
Funding ID EOP-SD-SOW-0165 
Organisation European Space Agency 
Sector Public
Country France
Start 08/2020 
End 08/2021
 
Description EPSRC Impact Acceleration: Post-COVID19 Restoration of coastal communities (co-funded by NHS and Healthier Fleetwood)
Amount £40,000 (GBP)
Organisation NHS England 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2021 
End 01/2022
 
Description Explainable AI for UK agricultural land use decision-making
Amount £43,151 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/T004002/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2019 
End 07/2020
 
Description Future Places: A Digital Economy centre on understanding place through pervasive computing
Amount £2,861,378 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T015020/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2020 
End 07/2025
 
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 NIHR-Wellcome Partnership for Global Health Research Collaborative Award,'Controlling emergent Anopheles stephensi in Ethiopia and Sudan (CEASE)'
Amount £3,552,923 (GBP)
Funding ID 220870/Z/20/Z 
Organisation Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2025
 
Description Sustainable soil management to unleash soil biodiversity potential and increase environmental, economic and social wellbeing (SOILGUARD)
Amount € 7,000,000 (EUR)
Organisation European Commission H2020 
Sector Public
Country Belgium
Start 05/2021 
End 05/2025
 
Description Turing AI Fellowship: Probabilistic Algorithms for Scalable and Computable Approaches to Learning (PASCAL)
Amount £1,097,294 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/V022636/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2021 
End 12/2025
 
Title Spatial sampling optimisation tool for vector surveillance 
Description Malaria and Dengue are major causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO recently highlighted that no significant progress in reducing malaria cases had been made in the last three years, due to the lack of digital tools for sampling, collection, and analysis of data. My recent work on optimisation of spatial statistical sampling designs directly addresses the WHO call to improve surveillance systems for effective intervention. This algorithm is freely available and allows to allocate sampling location depending on geographic strata. The latter are delineated by harvesting open access data (climate, environmental, entomological, epidemiological etc...). 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The success of my algorithm is demonstrated by its adoption in several new vector sampling campaigns by KEMRI in Kenya, PAMCA in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and LEVP in Senegal, as well as in another five African Countries. In 2020, my algorithm was been selected by the Gates Foundation for a trial in Nigeria starting later in 2021. 
 
Title Fuzzy changepoint application to evaluate numerical model ability to capture important shifts in environmental time series 
Description This application is an implementation of a Fuzzy changepoint based approach to evaluate how well numerical models capture local scale temporal shifts in environmental time series. A changepoint in a time series represents a change in the statistical properties of the time series (either mean, variance or mean and variance in this case). These can often represent important local events of interest that numerical models should accurately capture. The application detects the locations of changepoints in two time series (typically one representing observations and one representing a model simulation) and estimates uncertainty on the changepoint locations using a bootstrap approach. The changepoint locations and associated confidence intervals are then converted to fuzzy numbers and fuzzy logic is used to evaluate how well the timing of any changepoints agree between the time series. The app returns individual similarity scores for each changepoint with higher scores representing a better performance of the numerical model at capturing local scale temporal changes seen in the observed record. 
Type Of Material Data analysis technique 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This development of this analysis technique has recently been published as a peer reviewed paper and will provide the numerical modelling community with an alternative approach to evaluating their models. 
URL https://catalogue.ceh.ac.uk/documents/49d04d55-90a7-4106-b8fe-2e75aba228e4
 
Title Observations of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed, 1979-2002 
Description This dataset provides the data produced as part of the work published in: Leeson, A. A., Foster, E., Rice, A., Gourmelen, N. and van Wessem, J. M.. 2019. 'Evolution of supraglacial lakes on the Larsen B ice shelf in the decades before it collapsed' Geophysical Research Letters. It includes 1) shapefiles of supraglacial lakes mapped in both optical (Landsat) and SAR (ERS) satellite imagery, 2) rasters of lake depth, derived from Landsat TM and ETM+ images acquired in 1988 and 2000 and 3) shapefiles of the study area considered in the paper. Funding was provided by ERPSRC grant EP/R01860X/1. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://data.bas.ac.uk/full-record.php?id=GB/NERC/BAS/PDC/01282
 
Description CRAFTY-UK: Development of a UK agent-based model of land use change taking account of land owner/manager decision-making 
Organisation Forest Research
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Information on UK datasets and statistical analysis of land use change over time for different agricultural land classes
Collaborator Contribution Set-up, calibration and coding on the CRAFTY agent-based model for the UK
Impact Outcomes still under development. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving environmental scientists, social scientists, computer programmers and statisticians
Start Year 2020
 
Description CRAFTY-UK: Development of a UK agent-based model of land use change taking account of land owner/manager decision-making 
Organisation Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Information on UK datasets and statistical analysis of land use change over time for different agricultural land classes
Collaborator Contribution Set-up, calibration and coding on the CRAFTY agent-based model for the UK
Impact Outcomes still under development. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving environmental scientists, social scientists, computer programmers and statisticians
Start Year 2020
 
Description CRAFTY-UK: Development of a UK agent-based model of land use change taking account of land owner/manager decision-making 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Information on UK datasets and statistical analysis of land use change over time for different agricultural land classes
Collaborator Contribution Set-up, calibration and coding on the CRAFTY agent-based model for the UK
Impact Outcomes still under development. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving environmental scientists, social scientists, computer programmers and statisticians
Start Year 2020
 
Description Co-chair of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Nexus Assessment 
Organisation Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The IPBES Nexus Assessment is collating, synthesizing and assessing published evidence on the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food, health and climate change. The role of the co-chair is to assume responsibility for overseeing the preparation of an assessment report, including its summary for policymakers (SPM) and ensuring that the report is completed to the highest scientific standard and addresses the key scoping questions. This includes responsibility for coordinating with the > 150 expert authors to ensure that the chapters are delivered in a timely manner. Once the assessment has been approved by the 138 IPBES government members, co-chairs engage in the outreach for the assessment deliverables.
Collaborator Contribution Over 150 expert authors nominated by IPBES member governments will contribute their time and knowledge to generating the content of the assessment report. Coordinating Lead Authors will coordinate contributions to the 7 chapters of the assessment working with Lead Authors lead author who produce designated sections or parts of chapters in line with the scoping report for the assessment, on the basis of the best scientific, technical and socioeconomic information available. Review Editors for each chapter ensure that all substantive expert and government review comments are afforded appropriate consideration.
Impact The main outcome will be the IPBES Nexus Assessment Report and its Summary for Policy-Makers due in later 2024.
Start Year 2021
 
Description Collaborative bid with Miralis Data 
Organisation Miralis Data
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Academic lead on Innovate UK "Maunfacturing Made Smarter" call, providing air quality and climate expertise for their routing optimising software.
Collaborator Contribution Logsitics and data experts and SME, with particular expertise in route planning software and interests to expand their environmental offering.
Impact Bid was successful (start 2021). Waiting confirmation of start date.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" 
Organisation Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Impact Workshop took place, which enabled networking between multiple disciplines around landscape decision-making. Disciplines involved were quantitative social sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" 
Organisation University of Exeter
Department College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Impact Workshop took place, which enabled networking between multiple disciplines around landscape decision-making. Disciplines involved were quantitative social sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" 
Organisation University of Leeds
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Impact Workshop took place, which enabled networking between multiple disciplines around landscape decision-making. Disciplines involved were quantitative social sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the design, invitations and organisation of the 4-day online workshop
Impact Workshop took place, which enabled networking between multiple disciplines around landscape decision-making. Disciplines involved were quantitative social sciences, environmental sciences, mathematics and statistics.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making" 
Organisation Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Impact Final Scientific Report created from the programme. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving a range of different environmental scientists, mathematicians and statisticians
Start Year 2019
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making" 
Organisation University of Exeter
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Impact Final Scientific Report created from the programme. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving a range of different environmental scientists, mathematicians and statisticians
Start Year 2019
 
Description Organising committee for UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme series of events on "Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making" 
Organisation University of Southampton
Department Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Collaborator Contribution Contributed to the organisation of the main 1-month programme and the opening and closing workshops
Impact Final Scientific Report created from the programme. Collaboration is multi-disciplinary involving a range of different environmental scientists, mathematicians and statisticians
Start Year 2019
 
Description Welsh Government 
Organisation Government of Wales
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Sarah Jones and Paula Harrison formed part of a team (with researchers at Oxford University) who worked with the Welsh Government on the co-creation of pathways for sustainable land use and food systems in Wales, based on current policy and future aspirations. Using the FABLE methodology, the team presented the types of pathways and their contents to the Welsh Gov colleagues that could be modelled, who deliberated contents of pathways with other policy departments. These were given back to the project team, who modelled the desired pathways in the FABLE Calculator (through inputting Welsh specific data and parameters). There was ongoing dialogue (emails and online meetings) discussing the results and amending the calculator until it represented Wales as precisely as possible.
Collaborator Contribution Partners at Oxford University formed the research team alongside Paula and Sarah. They contributed to the modelling of the pathways and the development of parameters. The Welsh Government colleagues liaised with other policy departments to ensure cohesion across the pathways for different sectors. They provided data on livestock, land use and other commodities (historic and predictions), and reviewed parameters to ensure they matched what occurred on the ground in Wales.
Impact Report to Welsh Government on the project (to be published on ERRAMP website). A paper will be submitted on the project (timeline to be determined)
Start Year 2021
 
Description Welsh Government 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Sarah Jones and Paula Harrison formed part of a team (with researchers at Oxford University) who worked with the Welsh Government on the co-creation of pathways for sustainable land use and food systems in Wales, based on current policy and future aspirations. Using the FABLE methodology, the team presented the types of pathways and their contents to the Welsh Gov colleagues that could be modelled, who deliberated contents of pathways with other policy departments. These were given back to the project team, who modelled the desired pathways in the FABLE Calculator (through inputting Welsh specific data and parameters). There was ongoing dialogue (emails and online meetings) discussing the results and amending the calculator until it represented Wales as precisely as possible.
Collaborator Contribution Partners at Oxford University formed the research team alongside Paula and Sarah. They contributed to the modelling of the pathways and the development of parameters. The Welsh Government colleagues liaised with other policy departments to ensure cohesion across the pathways for different sectors. They provided data on livestock, land use and other commodities (historic and predictions), and reviewed parameters to ensure they matched what occurred on the ground in Wales.
Impact Report to Welsh Government on the project (to be published on ERRAMP website). A paper will be submitted on the project (timeline to be determined)
Start Year 2021
 
Title Drifter-Derived Pathways and Travel Time Estimates 
Description A web-based interactive software tool for finding the most likely pathway travelled by a floating object ("drifter") in the ocean between two locations that the user can specify. An associated travel time with this path is also provided. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2021 
Open Source License? Yes  
Impact The front page for the application tool is hosted on the NOAA website for drifter data. 
URL https://www.aoml.noaa.gov/phod/gdp/derived_pathways.php
 
Description 12th International Conference of the ERCIM Working Group on Computational and Methodological Statistics, UK 
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 The event was organized by the ERCIM Working Group on Computational and Methodological Statistics (CMStatistics) and Birkbeck University of London.
I made a presentation on "Using Bayesian hierarchical models for uncertainty quantification in landscape problem".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.cmstatistics.org/conferences.php
 
Description 22nd ACM/IFIP International Conference (MIDDLEWARE) 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The annual ACM/IFIP Middleware conference is a major forum for the discussion of innovations and recent scientific advances of middleware systems with a focus on the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of distributed systems, platforms and architectures for computing, storage, and communication.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://middleware-conf.github.io/2021/
 
Description AI and digital technologies for the future of climate 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The talk highlights how recent advances in AI, big data analytics, geospatial indexing and cloud platforms can be applied towards accelerating climate research and science as well as addressing industry-specific use cases to help enterprises mitigating and adapting to the impact of climate change.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aiforgood.itu.int/event/ai-and-climate-science-hendrik-haman-solomon-assefa/
 
Description AI for Environmental Sciences, BAS, Cambridge 
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 bringing together the various research disciplines (machine learning, environment, health, structural engineering etc) with decision makers from business and policy groups to discuss the application of data science techniques to environmental challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bas.ac.uk/blogpost/ai-workshop-2019/
 
Description AI for environmental sustainability 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The webinar explores how AI can enhance environmental sustainability. It provides unique insights into the relationship between emerging technologies and environmental efficiency, AI innovations and applications to achieve a low carbon future, and best practices paving the way for new ITU-T standards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://aiforgood.itu.int/event/ai-for-environmental-sustainability/
 
Description Attendance at CliMathNet conference 
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 Adam Sykulski attended and presented at the CliMathNet conference. CliMathNet is a network which aims to bring together Climate Scientists, Mathematicians and Statisticians to answer the key questions around Climate modelling (in particular understanding and reducing uncertainties in observation and prediction).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/climathnet/2018conferencereading/
 
Description Blog "Green Computing, a contribution to save the environment" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The blog is published as part of the DSNE project blog series. The blog covers the concept of Green Computing and how it benefits the environment.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/data-science-of-the-natural-environment/blogs/green-computing-a-contribu...
 
Description Blog on "Overcoming barriers to model coupling" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Blog on the topic of Model coupling (the communication and interchange of information between models) as a key component in meeting the challenges of many of today's complex real-world environmental problems, such as landscape decisions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/blogs/overcoming-barriers-model-coupling
 
Description Blog on "Realising Green Computing - macro and micro levels" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The blog was published as part of the DSNE blog series. The blog covers the realisation of Green Computing at different levels; organisational and personal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/data-science-of-the-natural-environment/blogs/realising-green-computing-...
 
Description CEEDS Seminar: Machine Learning for the Natural Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The presentation was designed as an introductory tutorial into machine learning techniques. The focus of the talk was to educate environmental scientists on the available machine learning tools that are applicable for analysing environmental data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/blogs/ceeds-seminar-machine-learning-natural-environment
 
Description CEEDS Seminar: Machine Learning for the Natural Environment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The presentation was an introduction into machine learning techniques for environmental scientists, to show available tools and techniques.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/blogs/ceeds-workshop-machine-learning
 
Description CEEDS Workshop on Machine Learning 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The workshop aimed to initiate new research collaborations between Lancaster University and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) related to the fundamental and crucial research area of machine learning.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/blogs/ceeds-workshop-machine-learning
 
Description Cambridge Zero Research Symposia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Cambridge Zero organised a second series of Virtual Research Symposia, to highlight all the exciting and ground-breaking research on climate change, net-zero and zero-carbon solutions happening across the University of Cambridge. The aim of these events is to help build and strengthen our internal Cambridge Zero research community, and to encourage new connections and collaborations. This term in particular, we also want to highlight important Cambridge research contributions in the run-up to the COP26 UN Climate Summit in November.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.zero.cam.ac.uk/cambridge-zero-research-symposia-2021
 
Description Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS) Launch Event 
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 The event described the exciting new work of CEEDS and brought scientists of different disciplines together to contribute to the vision of CEEDS. The idea was to bring environmental and data scientists together to identify new ways to tackle environmental science problems using statistical methods. The workshop led to many useful discussions including the development of several grant proposal ideas, some of which were successful in the recent calls (e.g. Digital Environment and SPF).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/ceeds-launch-event
 
Description Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS) Launch Event 
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 The event described the exciting new work of CEEDS and brought scientists of different disciplines together to contribute to the vision of CEEDS. The idea was to bring environmental and data scientists together to identify new ways to tackle environmental science problems using statistical methods. The workshop led to many useful discussions including the development of several grant proposal ideas, some of which were successful in the recent calls (E.g. Digital Environment and SPF).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Company visit - Rezatec 
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 Rebecca Killick attended an exploratory workshop at Rezatec, a satellite imaging company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference session on "Integrated models and ecosystem services: applications in real world case studies" 
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 This session at the Ecosystem Services Partnership European conference held 7-10 June 2021 discussed whether integrated ecosystem services models are appropriate for
different stakeholders and end-user needs? This session focused on improving understanding of actual applications of integrated ecosystem service models to real-world case studies, and the lessons that can be learnt from such case studies. This included co-production of models, good and bad practice examples, barriers and bridges, the importance of transparency in model assumptions and integration components, communication with stakeholders, and evidence of integrated models actually resulting in a
policy or management decision. The session will also consider the role of transdisciplinarity and model integration in such real-world applications, and key feedback from stakeholders and policy-makers. The session sparked questions and discussion around examples of what went well and what didn't, exchange of experiences and their implications for researchers interested in further developing and applying integrated ecosystem service modelling approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.es-partnership.org/events/3rd-esp-europe-conference-2021/#:~:text=The%20Ecosystem%20Serv...
 
Description Conversation blog post on UV/biosphere/Montreal Protocol paper 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post for The Conversation. Reached >13000 views and was translated into Indonesian. Content was also repeated in multiple other outlets, as per the Conversation's licence.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://theconversation.com/repairing-ozone-layer-is-also-reducing-co-in-the-atmosphere-new-study-16...
 
Description DSNE Conference July 2019 
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 Conference organised by DSNE project, which included talks and discussions with project partners such as Met Office and Natural Resources Wales. The conference sparked questions and discussions and has led to discussions of further collaboration in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/data-science-of-the-natural-environment/dsne-conference-2019-/
 
Description DSNE Conference July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference organised by DSNE project, which included talks and discussions with project partners such as Met Office and Natural Resources Wales. The conference sparked questions and discussions and has led to discussions of further collaboration in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/data-science-of-the-natural-environment/dsne-conference-2019-/
 
Description Dialogue with Natural England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Kate Wright held a formal research interview with Senior Specialist for Climate Change at Natural England
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Digital Environments: Disentangling Nature Through Technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was part of the Entangled Festival, organised as part of Prof. Gordon Blair's EPSRC Senior Fellowship on Digital Technology and Living with Environmental Change (DT/LWEC).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://digitalenvironment.org/digital-environments-disentangling-nature-through-technology/?utm_sou...
 
Description Evidence seminar to Natural Resources Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation on "Integrated modelling approaches for exploring synergies and trade-offs between policy goals in landscapes". Part of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) External Evidence Seminar to support NRW's Integrated Evidence Group. The seminar provided an excellent opportunity to enhance the flow of evidence from researchers to decision makers across operations and policy roles.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Expert commentary / Interview for DW (German Broadcaster) 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Broadcast about ozone layer, Montreal Proctol and climate for World Ozone Day. Made for DW's social media accounts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://twitter.com/dw_environment/status/1438476761600245763
 
Description Extended interview with local radio station 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Wide ranging extended interview about climate and climate change for CanDo FM (broadcasting to South Lakes and across Morecambe Bay).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://fb.watch/9DeQzAYMS6/
 
Description Geospatial/sampling teaching 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The course was designed to provide spatial statistical skills (from sampling to mapping) to a group of 30 people of different background (Academics, technicians, health researchers, public health managers) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A PhD student as been funded by the National Health Laboratory of Saudi Arabia to work on vector borne diseases in Saudi Arabia (Luigi Sedda main supervisor). The student is currently doing the PhD in Spatial Epidemiology at Lancaster University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://chicas.lancaster-university.uk/people/omar.html
 
Description Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science external seminar series Leeds University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact External seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Intergovernmental science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Scoping Workshop on the Nexus Assessment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Government nomination to participate in the scoping workshop for the IPBES Nexus Assessment on the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of climate change. A scoping report was produced following the scoping workshop, which will be considered and hopefully approved at the IPBES-8 plenary in 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ipbes.net/nexus/scoping-experts
 
Description International invited speaker Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a seminar for Academics at the University of Salento in Italy. I am now collaborating with them in order to improve bio-geostatistical models for distribution of vectors and diseases.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited Session International conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was an invited and funded (by the Entomological Society of America) session within the 2018 ESA, ESC and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting: Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World. The session was well attended and debate carried over after the session.

The interest in this session produce requests from two international scientists to join the framework of the current award.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.entsoc.org/event-calendar/2018-esa-esc-and-esbc-joint-annual-meeting-entomology-2018
 
Description Invited speaker (International 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 given on methods for modelling complex systems, such as landscape decisions, including how uncertainty effects decision-making, which sparked debate and capacity building with groups undertaking similar modelling initiatives in South Korea and other parts of Asia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited to teach a course on "Spatio-temporal analysis of infectious diseases" by the Department of Applied Mathematics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas University (Brazil). 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The workshop allowed students to learn and apply geostatistical methods and geospatial analyses in R. Most of them are interested to use these methods in their projects or future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://emap.fgv.br/sites/emap.fgv.br/files/modelos_estocasticos_espaco-temporais_0.pdf
 
Description Isaac Newton Institute scoping workshop "Evidence Based Decisions for UK Landscapes - Rural and Urban Land use, Coastal and Inland Waters" 
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 Evidence Based Decisions for UK Landscapes - Rural and Urban Land use, Coastal and Inland Waters, 17-18 September 2018, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge (David Leslie, Gordon Blair and Paula Harrison attended). Paula Harrison gave the keynote "Integrated Modelling of Landscapes to Understand Cross-Sectoral Interactions, Synergies and Trade-offs under Scenarios of Environmental Change". The outcome is a planned INI programme for July 2019, developing mathematical tools to assist in land use decision making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Keynote Talk at Institute of Physics COVID and the Environment Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Keynote presentation to Institute of Physics COVID and the Environment symposium. Talk covered general story of air quality impacts from lockdown and then focussed on how interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations can improve understanding on building back better.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.iopconferences.org/iop/frontend/reg/thome.csp?pageID=980478&eventID=1558&traceRedir=2
 
Description Keynote talk at Lancaster Environment Centre Winter Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk at university winter conference, with reach to ~100 attendees, further amplified by being on YouTube. Presentation led to several follow up conversations to explore new research directions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIAwBZMwoA0
 
Description Machine Learning Autumn School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact participated in the Autumn School on Machine Learning held in Tbilisi, Georgia, October 3-11, 2019. The school was organised by the International Black Sea University with the support of Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation of Georgia (SRNSFG). The audience of the autumn school was BSc, MSc and PhD students, researchers as well as industry professionals. The school included 7 courses on machine learning techniques and applications presented by top research leaders in the domain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cte.ibsu.edu.ge/autumn/
 
Description Machine Learning 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 on Machine Learning was held as part of the Centre for Excellence in Environmental Data Science (CEEDS) on 25 June 2021 to initiate new research collaborations between Lancaster University and the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) related to the fundamental and crucial research area of machine learning. The introduction to the workshop covered existing work on machine learning in both organisations. This was followed by a technical session that demonstrated how to get started in machine learning. The workshop then discussed what was needed in order to overcome the entry barrier in terms of getting started with machine learning. The final session of the workshop focused on plans for future activities through CEEDS around machine learning. For example, potential research collaborations, jointly supervised PhD projects, funding applications, etc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/blogs/ceeds-workshop-machine-learning
 
Description Mathematical and statistical challenges in landscape decision-making, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK 
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 one-month event brought together top researchers and practitioners such as those interested in agriculture, forestry, water resources and biodiversity,
with mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists expert in system modelling, uncertainty quantification and decision making to discuss recent developments in landscape decision-making. I gave a talk on "Uncertainty quantification in high-dimensional landscape problems using Bayesian hierarchical models"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.newton.ac.uk/event/ebd
 
Description Mathematics of Deep Learning at the Isaac Newton Institute on 23 May 
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 one day event aimed to bring people from academia and industry together to discuss the science and mathematics behind deep learning and data science.

The workshop featured talks from leading academics, as well as researchers from industry and provided a wide perspective on the many facets of modern data science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://gateway.newton.ac.uk/event/ofbw46
 
Description Nature Sustainability Community blog post on Montreal Protocol and lessons for climate 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact "Co-authored by Dr Charles Parker and Dr Paul Young, this post explores the mechanisms by which the protocol protects against climate change, and the political lessons we can learn which apply to the current climate crisis."

Intended audience was policymakers and practicioners, timed with the COP26 event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://sustainabilitycommunity.springernature.com/posts/tackling-the-climate-crisis-using-lessons-f...
 
Description Panel debate on Ecosystems Untangled: Understanding and Managing Complexity as part of the Ecosystems Entangled Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Science is increasingly interested in understanding and managing ecosystems in all their complexity, understanding individual components and their complex interrelationships, and valuing the services that healthy ecosystems can offer to society. This panel debate focused on how we deal with this complexity and how digital technology can assist in understanding and managing ecosystems. The debate sparked lots of questions and discussion around the nature of complexity in ecosystems and how well existing approaches represent this complexity (in particular ecosystem services and natural capital research), how environmental modelling needs to adapt to better represent this complexity, and whether there are any lessons to be learned from other fields of study including social science and economics. The discussion particularly focused on the role of a more systems thinking approach to understanding and managing the natural environment, with an eye on whether digital technology has the capability to support such a systemic approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Panel member and participant in the "Landscape Decisions Slow Conference" 
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 The conference was organised by the UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme Office over 4 days (22, 23, 29 and 30 June). Each day covered a different topic related to landscape decisions, including (i) Balancing priorities in land-use decision-making; (ii) Understanding human decision-making; (iii) Facilitating better land-use decisions; and (iv) Forecasting innovative methods and tools. The workshop enabled detailed discussions between researchers involved in the many different Landscape Decision Programme-funded projects about key issues for advancing methods and approaches, leading to wider awareness of the different project activities and potential collaborations across discipines.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://landscapedecisions.org/
 
Description Participation in the Integrating Quantitative Social, Ecological and Mathematical Sciences into Landscape Decision-Making, (Virtual Conference) Sep 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The discussion focuses mainly on challenges in dealing with uncertainty in landscape decision-making.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.newton.ac.uk/event/ebdw03
 
Description Participatory mapping workshop to inform Defra BEIS joint land-use modelling project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This participatory mapping workshop was organised by Defra and BEIS to inform their joint land use modelling project. It was part of a series of workshops, with the focus of this workshop on Agriculture (including arable crop and horticultural production) within the context of the larger land-use system. The aim was to capture linkages between different aspects of the agricultural land-use system, including links between agricultural management practices and other systems, e.g. soils and peat. The workshop was participatory and interactive, so sparked a lot of debate about different perspectives on key linkages within land-use systems and how they can (and can not) be represented in models.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Partner's event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We invited our project partners to a workshop at Lancaster University / CEH to present the project and find out from the partners how best to engage with them going forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the Royal Statistical Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Gave a presentation at an RSS workshop on Bayesian computation for Stein's method.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://rss.org.uk/training-events/events/events-2021/sections/rss-applied-probability-and-computati...
 
Description Presentation on "Coupling models to represent interactions within landscape systems" at Workshop on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Isaac Newton Institute (INI) workshop on "Integrating quantitative social, ecological and mathematical sciences into landscape decision-making" organised as part of the UKRI Landscape Decisions Programme. Presentation summarised discussion from INI Programme in 2019. Research priorities were divided into four themes: (i) transparency, reproducibility and communication in coupled models; (ii) model coupling toolbox; (iii) model coupling technicalities; and (iv) taking advantage of the benefits of model coupling. The key insights that emerged in these four themes were captured within short, medium and longer term research roadmaps.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.newton.ac.uk/seminar/20200907142014401
 
Description Presentation on "Pathways to sustainable land-use and food systems in the UK" at EAT@Home event side session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Side event at the EAT Foundation online conference on sustainable land-use and food systems. The presentation on the UK landscape decision-making sparked questions and discussion on the method and the importance of assessing the contribution that sustainable land-use change can make to multiple policy targets, e.g. climate change, biodiversity, health diets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Presentation on land-use modelling 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was asked to provide an overview of existing work on land-use modelling that could help answer questions related to the different demands on land for meeting multiple policy goals, such as net zero, nature recovery, etc. for the Defra Chief Scientists Office. The presentation was highly interactive and sparker many relevant questions and discussion on current land-use modelling approaches and potential gaps/needs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Presentation on the "Explainable AI for UK agricultural land-use decision-making" project at the Landscape Decisions Programme virtual networking event 
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 Landscape Decisions Programme series of online workshops over 4 days covering (i) Capturing people's interaction with landscapes and landscape decision making; (ii) Multi-functional landscapes - focusing on ecosystem services; (iii) What pressures on Landscapes are currently not being considered - i.e. where are the gaps in our understanding of the pressures?; (iv) Can we systematically capture different levels/scales of landscape decision making and which levels/scales does your project interact with? Sparked questions and discussions around these issues and networking opportunities in relation to the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIbc8-_AqUo&list=PLrlZ6FipN5mlS4_lN9PwZAR6HCyppGTDP&index=4&t=149s
 
Description Public consultation workshop on "Living Landscapes" 
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 Royal Society Workshop on Living Landscapes (provided expert input to a public consultation exercise on landscapes in the UK).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Royal Institution Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Presented a Royal Institution Masterclass on "Statistics in the Real World" including both societal and environmental statistics topics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Royal Society of Chemistry public talk on "Air quality and climate change" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited public lecture on air quality and climate change as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's northwest region programme. The event was sold out (~50 attendees) and there was a lot of discussion and questions during and after the talk, including from audience members who expressed that their understanding had increased and views on pollution and climate change had changed. There was particular engagement with attending sixth form and year 11 students, who expressed an intensified interest in the issues discussed and environmental change in general. The slides were shared with an attending teacher from that school, who used them in their teaching.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Royal Society of Chemistry public talk on Oceans 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public lecture on Oceans and Data Science at the Storey in Lancaster. Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rsc.org/events/detail/41393/oceans
 
Description Scoping meeting with Natural Resources Wales (July 2020) 
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 Scoping meeting with Natural Resources Wales, including challenge problems and discussions. The meeting will be followed up by the DSNE Team to determine future engagement and collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Scottish Seminar on Formal Modelling, Verification, and Synthesis 
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 participated in Scottish Seminar on Formal Modelling, Verification, and Synthesis - a SICSA-funded Workshop co-located with QEST 2019. The International Conference on Quantitative Evaluation of Systems (QEST) is the leading forum on quantitative evaluation and verification of computer systems and networks, through stochastic models and measurements. The aim of the seminar is to bringing together researchers interested in formal modelling, verification and synthesis applied to computer systems and networks, to address current challenges and relevant questions, to communicate and share their experiences on formal approaches to qualitative or quantitative evaluation of systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.dcs.gla.ac.uk/research/formalmethods/sfmoves/
 
Description Seminar on "Model coupling for evaluating complex systems" 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Centre for Excellence in Environmental Data Science seminar that looked at the important topic of model coupling as a means to address interdependencies between different aspects of the environment. The seminar built understanding around the extent to which complicated environmental questions can be better assessed by integrating models, and discussed the advantages, the challenges, as well as the limitations of joined-up modelling for complex systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Session organised on AI for the environment (Natural Capital Initiative Summit) 
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 Session organised on "AI for the environment" at the Natural Capital Initiative Summit on "Valuing our Life Support Systems" in London, which consisted of talks and debate around the potential of AI approaches to deliver natural capital solutions to practitioners and policy-makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Shaping the Development of the UKCEH UK-SCAPE Data Science Framework 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 UKCEH held an event to share progress on the development of the Data Science Framework (DSF) to explore community expectations for the DSF and gain feedback on whether the DSF will meet their needs. Part of this feedback is on the application and development of DataLabs for use in the DSF.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Statistics for the Natural Environment Workshop February 2020 
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 Lancaster University organised a Statistics for the Natural Environment workshop sponsored by the Royal Statistical Society, in conjunction with CEEDS and the Data Science of the Natural Environment project. The event brought together speakers from across the UK to discuss the application of statistical approaches to a range of environmental data problems. The event was equally well attended by both statisticians and environmental scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ceeds.ac.uk/news/statistics-natural-environment-workshop-lancaster-university
 
Description Summer school visit by pupils from Lytham St Annes 
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 A summer school visit by school pupils from Lytham St Annes. We focused on activities related to climate change, data science, and programming.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Taking part in BBC Radio 4's Inside science 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Extended interview for BBC Radio 4's Inside Science programme related to Nature paper on Montreal Protocol/UV/biosphere impacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000yv03
 
Description Talk at Gordon's School, Surrey 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Talk on atmospheric chemistry and climate change given to Gordon's School, Wokingham, Surrey. This was as part of a series to introduce students to different careers and what they involve. The talk was followed by a reception where there was an excellent discussion with pupils, their parents/carers and teachers, particularly how the students might pursue careers in research. The school reported that the "talk .... was fantastic and exactly what we should be doing," and that it was "the best nod to academic scholarship that [we are] yet to see."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Thirty-fifth Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The conference is a multi-track interdisciplinary annual meeting that includes invited talks, demonstrations, symposia, and oral and poster presentations of refereed papers. Along with the conference is a professional exposition focusing on machine learning in practice, a series of tutorials, and topical workshops that provide a less formal setting for the exchange of ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://nips.cc/Conferences/2021
 
Description Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science (TAI4ES) Summer School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The TAI4ES Summer School focused on getting attendees up-to-speed on how to develop trustworthy AI for the Earth & environmental sciences. Each morning, students will participate in lectures from leading researchers in trustworthy AI for environmental sciences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www2.cisl.ucar.edu/events/past-training-workshops/tai4es
 
Description UKUnderwater online workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Keynote talk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop (Environmental Data Science) 
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 at Alan Turing Institute on exploring collaborative opportunities between the computer and environmental sciences, which sparked discussions and ideas around new collaborations and innovations in environmental data science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop at DEFRA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs group Science and Analysis Conference entitled "Science and Analysis for a Changing Future". Provided input into policy, and built connections for further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Workshop on "Overcoming barriers to model coupling" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Centre for Excellence in Environmental Data Science workshop on model coupling. Workshop report produced to summarise discussions and research needs
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Workshop on "Seamless integration between natural and built environment modelling" 
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 Human activity - the buildings and transport systems we create, the energy we generate and consume, the services we use - has an impact on global environmental systems and vice versa. But what role can digital models play in helping decision-makers to navigate these complex interrelationships and to manage the built and natural environment sustainably? And what if we link models of each of the built and natural environments?
This workshop seeks to prompt a discussion of the question: What outcomes and opportunities could seamless integration between built and natural environment modelling deliver?
After looking at it from the perspective of different stakeholders and exploring opportunities to get better insights from data and models, the desired outcomes are as follows:
• The seeds of a discussion community for identifying opportunities for model integration and interdisciplinary work.
• Contacts between people pursuing other strands of work happening in the integration of models for decision support;
• A report on insights from the workshop (end of March 2021), which will serve as a resource for future interdisciplinary research projects as well as the Information Management Framework (IMF) community of the National Digital Twin programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020