Calculate the rain harvesting potential of UK residential and commercial roofs. By identifying how much water our roofs can collect for us, we can begin to understand the potential for capturing on a wide scale. Harvested rain water is ideal for use where clean or treated water is not necessary.
Geovation Water Challenge
How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?
This Challenge is now closed. The challenge ran from 1 December 2015 to 27 January 2016 (12noon). The winners of this challenge were:
Sustainable Catchments (Natural Flood Mitigation)
Fix our water
Geovation Camp was held at Ordnance Survey, Southampton 4-6 March.
The best ideas won support to research, develop and launch their product or service
The problems were grouped into 5 main themes:
Theme 1: Too little water
Theme 2: Too much water
Theme 3: Poor water quality
Theme 4: Ageing water infrastructure
Theme 5: Water use behaviour
The best ideas were invited into 12 month funded Geovation Programme to include financial, developer, and business support.
Manufacture a small recycled carboardbox, similar to a juice carton but half its size able to contain about 500ml of liquid. It would be square with a "funnel" top for easy pouring and a simple lid. These would be manufactured in a way to make them ultra affordable and easily available through supermarket chains so that everyone would be happy to add them to their monthly shopping and have a Fat Box on or near their sink. ...more »
In summary a simple Geo-Tag Picture App, user loads app, it loads location and asks simply three questions. Date Time Photo Too often Local authorities receive reports of surface water flooding during heavy rain fall with very little information. Making a free simple app availble for the user to Take a photo and add date / time it will help enable Engineers to see exactly what happened. As the saying goes, a picture speaks ...more »
Extend the canal network by restoration of former waterways as well as some new channels to provide surface and fluvial flood solutions. Combining these with balancing lakes on sites such as former quarries and an integrated flood management solution can be formed at relatively low cost.
Use OS aerial maps and a citizen science platform like zooniverse to map the likely impermeable infrastructure in urban areas - like front gardens that have been made into car parking spaces etc
Creation and dissemination of an easy to use, interactive 2D and 3D GIS flood visualisation tool for key communities at risk within, and potentially beyond, Buckinghamshire.
100,000 plastic cotton buds get flushed down the loo EVERY WEEK in the Thames Water region alone. Not only do they cause sewer blockages by providing a sickly structure for fats and rags in the sewers to stick to, but they're a menace to our marine habitat too. During heavy rainfall our sewers overflow into our waterways, where these plastic cotton buds get flushed out to sea. Once there, they remain for hundreds of ...more »
A web-based solution that combines spatial data relating to geology, soil, topography, wind, rain and insolation to suggest appropriate planting for your garden to any household in the UK.
The upfront capital costs associated with the installation and maintenance of water quality sensor systems are prohibitively high to a single customer. However we believe there are many customers who have need to access such data, from government (national & local) and associated agencies to water and insurance companies’, fisheries and surfers. Our intention is to become the primary provider of water quality information-as-a-service ...more »
Planning guidance in the UK has introduced requirements for sustainable drainage to control surface water flowing from new developments but without wider coordinated catchment management these measure will impact on too few communities. As climate change increases, so will extreme precipitation events. Direct flood defences are becoming prohibitively expenses and more compensatory measures must be identified to prevent ...more »
High global temperatures and recent flooding suggest that severe flooding may become a regular event in parts of the United Kingdom. There is a need to develop robust hydrological / geo-physical models that could be used by researchers and the general public to examine, develop and evaluate localised solutions, including Natural flood Management and Flood Prevention Schemes. Comprehensive high-resolution bathymetric data ...more »
Gaining up-to-date, accurate and complete information *during* a flood is difficult as communications break down. Using off the shelf drones and sensors, create an autonomous system that can be deployed to survey, explore and/or monitor an area.
40% of UK household have a water meter, and although meters aren't compulsory in most areas they are standard on new-builds, and may be fitted compulsorily in some circumstances (such as areas of water stress or when you move home - OFWAT). Reading the water meter is often difficult - mine is under water for 1/3 of the year but I useually manage to take a picture of it every week and now have 3 years of data. Similarly ...more »
There are many locations where roads and railways are carried across river valleys on solid embankments, with rivers and streams passing through culverts. My idea is to use GIS to identify where a simple gate structure could be inserted into the culvert and hold back flood water, flooding the upstream land and therefore attenuating the flood flow with online storage behind the embankment. Just flooding a small area to ...more »
The Sustainable Housing Digital Engagement Tool is an online GPS model facilitating tool that will facilitate a democratic debate on future housing location, allowing decisions to be made based on the provision of all relevant data required for a sustainable approach to housing location at the local level.