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Centre for Environmental Informatics

wallpaper The mission of the centre is to develop new techniques for automated collection and analysis of environmental observations, and promote their widespread uptake in Environmental Research. The motivation is to enable greater density of sampling in environmental observations, and enhance data throughput, so as to facilitate new answers to questions that have previously required infeasible levels of effort or financial support

For example:

  • We have delivered low cost, high resolution observation in both space and time of coastal, estuarine and upland sedimentary morphodynamics, using a combination of ground based LIDAR, automated digital cameras and in-situ sensor networks
  • We have undertaken detailed observation of meteoric, hydraulic and biological drivers, at a catchment scale, using smart sensor networks
  • We have shown benefits of integrating detailed ground based observations with historical and RSS data for documenting coastal erosion
  • We have initiated development of methodologies for effective fusion of observations supplied by non-academic observers
  • We have demonstrated beneficial application of the techniques to landscape, critical infrastructure and geo-hazard management, in conjunction with utilities and environmental consulants

The centre is a joint enterprise with the Environmental Informatics theme in CEH

Activities of the Centre

The centre undertakes a range of activities, including

  • Original research targeting improvements in sampling rates and data throughput, in environmental research
  • Demonstration and development of novel digital observation techniques using Morecambe bay and its environs as a test and development site
  • Development and testing of new informatic solutions for commercial end-users with environmental interests
  • Development of training schemes that address skills gaps and enable effective use of IT tools by environmental practitioners
  • Promotion of interaction between experts from a wide range of fields at Lancaster and elsewhere through events and networks, to support integrated environmental science
  • Dissemination of knowledge and techniques to end users within the public and private sectors

The centre is responsible for the Masters programme in Environmental Informatics

The activities involve practitioners from many backgrounds, particularly environmental monitoring, geographical information systems, non-linear modelling, statistical inference and prediction, autonomous systems, embedded computing, wireless communications, data visualisation, image processing, systems management, human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, information theory and public understanding of science. If you would like to participate please get in touch.

We currently have a studentship available to study Coastal Morphodynamics - contact the director for details

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