Moving from upstream thinking towards upstream doing – opportunities for business and big data in catchments
A catchment-based approach to managing the water environment involves bringing people together from different sectors to identify issues and agree priorities for action – and ultimately building local partnerships to put these actions in place. Looking at the catchment through this approach is important for balancing the ways in which different people use the catchment in the long-term, delivering multiple benefits for catchment users and creating a healthy water environment.
There are numerous business opportunities that a catchment-based approach to management brings and many of these focus on solutions for monitoring and evidence generation, remote sensing applications and increasingly involve complex data science.
This exciting event will bring together a diverse range of scientists, regulators and businesses to understand the challenges of catchment management in practice through field visits around the Eden Catchment in Cumbria. It will allow space for collaborative new project development to be taken forward as during the event £10,000 funding will be awarded to new ideas established during the workshops via student research internships.
10.45 Arrival and registration
11.00 Welcome introduction: Professor Philip Haygarth
Future Change and Diffuse Pollution - challenges, gaps and opportunities
11.30 Outdoor lectures at two sites in the Eden Catchment
Dr Clare Benskin and Dr Nick Barber from Lancaster University & Will Cleasby from Eden Rivers Trust.
16.45 Workshop I
Delegates will discuss the opportunities for big data collaborative R&D in catchments. The session will attempt to identify the most important challenges for big data solutions.
18.30 Close of session
19.30 Conference dinner
09.00 Summary of day 1 with Professor John Quinton and facilitator Dee Henessey
09.15 Dr Teija Kirkkala, Executive Director, Pyhäjärvi-instituutti
An EU perspective
10.00 Professor John Quinton
Reducing Flood Risk via Land Management
10.30 Workshop II
Delegates will discuss solutions to challenges outlined in the first workshop and refine potential project briefs for student internships.
12.00 Internship project pitches to the group
12.30 Lunch and departure
British Water Members: £110
Local authority: £55
This is an all inclusive cost covering accommodation, travel to the outdoor lectures and all refreshments.
The event is brought to you via a collaboration between Lancaster University and British Water.
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Lancaster University, celebrating its 50th year in 2014, is a world-class centre for teaching and research and is located on a beautiful campus in the Northwest of England. Lancaster University is committed to pursuing international research at the highest level. As a leading research-led university, the university has students from over 100 countries studying at its UK campus and teaching and research partnerships across the globe. The university has over 12,000 students across one of the safest campuses in the UK. 92% of Lancaster University graduates go into work or further study and Lancaster has a community of over 100,000 alumni in 138 countries. The research and teaching of the university has a significant impact on society and the economy through its work with business and other organisations.