Healthy ecosystems are essential for life on the planet. As urban populations grow, significant pressure is placed on ecosystems in cities and their surrounding regions.
Advances in digital and data technology are opening up new opportunities to create evidence for, raise awareness of and engage people with the critical functions and values of ecosystems and their local and regional impacts.
This event will explore the following question:
We will look at data about the Edinburgh and Southeast Scotland city region ecosystem on topics such as air quality, flooding, marine life, soil health, biodiversity, green space, woodlands and more.
The day will be guided by participants and will involve discussions on the following:
The event is open to data holders, data collectors, environmental researchers, nature enthusiasts, advocacy organisations, neighbourhood gardeners, technology experts and anyone interested in finding ways to improve our understanding about nature through data.
The preliminary schedule is as follows:
9:30am - Coffee and registration
9:45am - Introduction
10:15am - Challenges and Inspirations
10:40am - Map the ecosystem
11am - Emerging themes and challenges
11:15am - Coffee break
11:30am - Group formation
11:45am - Sprint 1: Define the challenge
12:30pm - Lunch
1:30pm - Sprint 2: All things data
2pm - Sprint 3: Sketch the concept
3pm - Discussion and next steps
3:30pm - Close
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This event will contribute to the development of the University of Edinburgh Internet of Things Research and Innovation Service. The University is in the process of designing its IoT Service regional sensor network to have broad capability to monitor the environment including weather, pollution, and organisms.
The aim of this event is to help to lay the foundation for future large-scale funded research and community impact around nature and the environment across our region and to unlock future co-ordinated effort to help address these challenges.