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

Simon Alderton

Dr Simon Alderton

Senior Research Associate in AMR Modelling

DSI - Environment, Geospatial Data Science

Matt Amos

Matt Amos

Casual - Teaching, PhD student

Kirsti Ashworth

Dr Kirsti Ashworth

Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, DSI - Environment, Institute for Social Futures - Leadership Team

B511, B - Floor, LEC 1
Peter Atkinson

Professor Peter Atkinson

Professor, Faculty Dean

DSI - Environment, Geospatial Data Science, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre

Jon Barry

Dr Jon Barry

Honorary Researcher

DSI - Environment

Richard Bassett

Dr Richard Bassett

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment

Oliver Bates

Dr Oliver Bates

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment, Energy Lancaster

C20, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Ewa Bednarz

Dr Ewa Bednarz

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment

Andrew Binley

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

B539, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2
Gordon Blair

Professor Gordon Blair

Distinguished Professor

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC (Distributed Systems)

C15, C - Floor, Infolab
Ying Chen

Dr Ying Chen

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment

Emma Eastoe

Dr Emma Eastoe

Senior Lecturer in Statistics

DSI - Environment, Extreme Value Statistics, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

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

Liz Edwards

Senior Research Associate

HighWire Doctoral Training Centre, SCC (Distributed Systems)

Yehia Elkhatib

Dr Yehia Elkhatib

Senior Lecturer

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, SCC (Distributed Systems), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Distributed Systems), Security Lancaster (Systems Security)

C17, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Maria Angela Ferrario

Dr Maria Angela Ferrario

Lecturer in Digital Technology and Environmental Change

DSI - Environment, SCC (Software Engineering)

C19, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Adrian Friday

Professor Adrian Friday

Head of Department, Professor of Computing and Sustainability

DSI - Environment, Energy Lancaster, MSF Supervisors 2019/20, SCC (Pervasive Systems)

C57, C - Floor, InfoLab21
Ryan Hossaini

Dr Ryan Hossaini

NERC Senior Research Fellow

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, DSI - Environment

Harry Hoster

Professor Harry Hoster FRSC

Professor & Director of Energy Lancaster

Energy Lancaster, Physical and Analytical Chemistry

+44 (0)7842 831633
Suzana Ilic

Dr Suzana Ilic

Senior Lecturer in Lancaster Environment Centre

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

+44 (0)1524 510264
Michael James

Professor Michael James

Professor in Lancaster Environment Centre

DSI - Environment, Earth Science, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre, Understanding a changing planet

B522a, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2
Victoria Janes-Bassett

Dr Victoria Janes-Bassett

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment

Philip Jonathan

Professor Philip Jonathan

Chair in Environmental Statistics and Data Science, Honorary Researcher

DSI - Environment, Extreme Value Statistics, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

Sally Keith

Dr Sally Keith

Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, Ecology and Conservation

Rob Lamb

Professor Rob Lamb

Professor in Practice

DSI - Environment, Extreme Value Statistics, Sustainable Catchments, Water Science

+44 (0)7866 715761
Amber Leeson

Dr Amber Leeson

Senior Lecturer in Applied Data Science

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, Geospatial Data Science

Mal McMillan

Dr Mal McMillan

Reader in Environmental Sensing

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, Geospatial Data Science

+44 (0)1524 592595
Xiandong Ma

Dr Xiandong Ma

Senior Lecturer, Casual - Course Consultant

DSI - Foundations, Energy, Energy Lancaster

+44 (0)1524 593700 Engineering Building
Vatsala Nundloll

Dr Vatsala Nundloll

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment, SCC (Distributed Systems)

C21, C - Floor, Infolab
Luke Parry

Dr Luke Parry

Senior Lecturer

DSI - Health, Improving global stewardship, Political Ecology , Understanding a changing planet

A528, A - Floor, LEC 1
James Robinson

Dr James Robinson

Leverhulme Research Fellow

+44 (0)1524 593968
Faiza Samreen

Faiza Samreen

Visiting Researcher

+44 (0)7446 454377
William Simm

Dr William Simm

Senior Research Associate

DSI - Environment, SCC (Distributed Systems)

Adam Sykulski

Dr Adam Sykulski

Lecturer in Data Science

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

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

Professor Jonathan Tawn

Distinguished Professor of Statistics

DSI - Environment, Extreme Value Statistics, STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training

+44 (0)1524 593965
Wlodek Tych

Dr Wlodek Tych

Senior Lecturer, Principal, Furness College

DSI - Environment, DSI - Health, Energy Lancaster, Improving global stewardship, Sustainable Catchments, Understanding a changing planet, Water Science

A514a, A - Floor, LEC 1 & 2
Nickie Wareing

Nickie Wareing

PhD student

Duncan Whyatt

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

Oliver Wild

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, DSI - Environment, DSI - Health, Improving global stewardship, Understanding a changing planet

B508, B - Floor, LEC 1 & 2
Paul Young

Dr Paul Young

Senior Lecturer

Atmosphere, Climate and Pollution, Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, Improving global stewardship, Institute for Social Futures - Leadership Team, Understanding a changing planet

B33, B - Floor, LEC lll
Peter Young

Professor Peter Young

Emeritus Professor

DSI - Environment

+44 (0)1524 33558
Ce Zhang

Dr Ce Zhang

Lecturer in GeoSpatial Data Science

Centre of Excellence in Environmental Data Science, DSI - Environment, Geospatial Data Science, Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous Systems Centre

+44 (0)1524 595815