Technology, innovation and data: helping us protect the environment and respond to flooding

Environment agency officer and resident

The technology revolution is also a data revolution!  In less than ten years there has been an explosion of new mobile devices, which has increased everyone’s capacity to consume data on the go. 

Demonstration Test Catchments Open Data

Surface runoff

The recent Defra Science and Innovation Fair showcased a number of projects producing a wealth of data, much of which has been made open. The Demonstation Test Catchments project looks at monitoring controlling pollution from agricultural run-off. You can find open …

What an archive: 7 million plant specimens

Scanner and samples

Imagine losing 7 million plant specimens in a fire. Kew’s plant store (herbarium) faces this risk. The ‘server room' as it’s known, holds 250 years worth of international plant data. To lose generations of passion, love, care and meticulous attention …

More floods, droughts and heatwaves: a future to prepare for...

The effect of drought on soil

July 2016 saw the publication of the evidence report for the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 (CCRA2017) by the Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC) of the Committee on Climate Change.  Their report provides an independent assessment of the risks and opportunities …