Environment

The focus of the environment theme is to seek methodological innovations that can transform our understanding and management of the natural environment. This is a major cross-disciplinary challenge requiring a close collaboration between environmental scientists, computer sciences, statisticians, social scientists, and many others.

We are particularly interested in new methods that:

  1. recognise the intrinsic features of complexity/ interconnectedness and uncertainty in the natural world
  2. can deal with the often sparse data emanating from extreme events
  3. recognise the higher heterogeneous and fragmented nature of environmental data (sometimes referred to as the long tail of science)
  4. can detect significant phenomena and changepoints associated with the environment at different scales

We are also interested in the transformative potential of underlying digital innovations, in particular, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing: 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 scientists and stakeholders.

Data science then has the potential to offer a rich mix of analysis techniques to make sense of the data and hence to inform environmental management strategies and policies. This builds on real areas of strength at Lancaster, across the environmental sciences (for example in modelling and in managing uncertainty), an underlying distributed computer systems architectures, in areas of theory including extreme value theory, changepoint analysis, machine learning and decision making. Building on this, our goal is to establish the Data Science Institute as the world leader in data science for the environment.

Members

Dr Simon Alderton

Senior Research Associate

Geospatial Data Science

Tabish Ansari

Casual - Teaching, PhD student

+44 (0)7831 572497

Dr Kirsti Ashworth

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution

+44 (0)1524 593970 B511, B - Floor, LEC 1

Geospatial Data Science

+44 (0)1524 595203

Dr Jon Barry

Honorary Researcher

Dr Richard Bassett

Senior Research Associate

Dr Oliver Bates

Senior Research Associate

Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)1524 510373 C20, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Energy Lancaster, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593927 B539, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Professor Gordon Blair

Distinguished Professor

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

+44 (0)1524 510303 C15, C - Floor, Infolab

Dr Ying Chen

Senior Research Associate

Graham Dean

Senior Research Associate

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

C29, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Dr Emma Eastoe

Lecturer in Statistics

Modelling and Inference, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593954 B28a, B - Floor, Fylde College

Liz Edwards

Senior Research Associate

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Cyber Security)

+44 (0)1524 510386 C17, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Dr Maria Angela Ferrario

Lecturer in Digital Technology and Environmental Change

+44 (0)1524 510660 C19, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Professor Adrian Friday

Head of Department, Professor of Computing and Sustainability

Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)1524 510326 C57, C - Floor, InfoLab21

James Hadley

PhD student

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

Dr Michael Hollaway

Senior Research Associate

Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet

Dr Ryan Hossaini

NERC Research Fellow

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution

Professor Harry Hoster FRSC

Professor & Director of Energy Lancaster

Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)7842 831633

Dr Suzana Ilic

Senior Lecturer in Lancaster Environment Centre

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Energy Lancaster, Innovation for a better environment, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 510264

Dr Kerneels Jaars

Visiting Researcher

Dr Michael James

Senior Lecturer in Lancaster Environment Centre

Earth Science, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 593571 B522a, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)1524 593280

Dr Sally Keith

Lecturer in Marine Biology

Ecology and Conservation

+44 (0)1524 594289

Professor Rob Lamb

Professor (in Practice)

Modelling and Inference, Sustainable Catchments

+44 (0)7866 715761

Dr Amber Leeson

Lecturer in Applied Data Science

Geospatial Data Science

+44 (0)1524 594654

Dr Xiandong Ma

Senior Lecturer, Casual - Course Consultant

Energy, Energy Lancaster, Structures, Materials and Manufacturing

+44 (0)1524 593700 Engineering Building

Dr Vatsala Nundloll

Senior Research Associate

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

C21, C - Floor, Infolab

Dr Luke Parry

Senior Lecturer

Improving global stewardship, Political Ecology , Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510289 A528, A - Floor, LEC 1

Roberto Rodrigues Filho

Research Associate, PhD student

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

Dr Edmund Ryan

Senior Research Associate, Casual - Teaching

Faiza Samreen

Senior Research Associate

+44 (0)7446 454377

Dr William Simm

Senior Research Associate

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

+44 (0)1524 510317

Dr Adam Sykulski

Lecturer in Data Science

Changepoints and Time Series, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593450 B24, B - Floor, Fylde College

Professor Jonathan Tawn

Distinguished Professor of Statistics

Modelling and Inference, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593965

Dr Ross Towe

Senior Research Associate

Modelling and Inference

+44 (0)7786 507905 C29, C - Floor, InfoLab21

Dr Wlodek Tych

Senior Lecturer, Principal, Furness College

Energy Lancaster, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

+44 (0)1524 593973 A514a, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Izhar Ullah

PhD student

SCC Distributed Systems Group (MetaLab)

Nicola Wareing

Casual - Teaching, PhD student

Dr Duncan Whyatt

Senior Lecturer

Centre for Global Eco-innovation , Geospatial Data Science, Improving global stewardship, Innovation for a better environment, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510239

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, Improving global stewardship, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 594871 B508, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, Improving global stewardship, Understanding a changing planet

+44 (0)1524 510522 B33, B - Floor, LEC lll

Professor Peter Young

Emeritus Professor

+44 (0)1524 33558

Ce Zhang

PhD student

Geospatial Data Science