Turn Roadwork excavations into soak aways/land drains to reduce problems of surface water run off, and provide opportunities for surface water to reach and refill aquifers. Each excavation to act as water capture/catchment facilities
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.
The solar or hydrogen assisted airborne shading frames, may be tethered in the summer months over water resources to prevent evaporation, over land to prevent drying out, and over buildings to keep them cool.
The flood protection schemes considered for Carlisle (and virtually every other UK site) only considered the cost of the scheme against the benefit. No allowance was made for other benefits such as release of city centre land for building, hydro electric power, drinking water which may have funded a much more effective scheme.
There is one solution. There are many challenges. 5 themes. Our idea HAS to include all five. Our first job is to make the geopositioning of each challenge fun for contributors in such a transparent and open way that the water data collected and plotted is useful for those who care and for those charged with the responsibility of caring. The technical side of connecting the waterscape with people through geopositioning ...more »
Monitoring water levels, flows, water quality, irrigation needs, etc is critical to water supply and management. Smartphones are now everywhere. I want to develop and apply appropriate Apps for water monitoring in Africa and other countries. Especially levels, flows and quality, using the Smartphone which is now available, cheap and everywhere.
Select a defined geographical area within the geographical boundaries of responsibility of Southern Water or United Utilities with the following characteristics apparent over a 5 year period: A number of rivers and canals with a high quality Environment Agency data set and where incidences of pollution have occurred Notable growth in population numbers and densities Notable change in land use, in particular the conduct ...more »
Set up a broker through which holders of abstraction licences can sell water (rights) to others, for example farmers to water companies (or the other way around!). The broker would provide the information and knowledge to make trading as simple as possible.
Harnessing the energy from the water current to convert to electrical current. From there to be used for monitoring, alleviation and other uses.
Develop an app to allow citizen scientists and beachcombers to record instances of plastics being washed up on-shore, and place them on a map.
People are already forming Facebook groups for their local area to share finds and ask for help in identifying objects being washed up. Adding a spatial element, and allowing the data to be downloaded, would allow a more detailed picture of the problem to emerge.
Recent flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire have shown that many areas are at risk of flooding. Yet many people will not understand the impact of the catchment in flooding. In the US, there are several sites which educate the public about catchments, letting people know what they are, mapping their location and detailing their importance. They also aim to foster a sense of shared purpose and responsibility between communities ...more »
With the recent increase in floods across the UK, it would be ideal to have a portal that professionals and citizens could log relevant information. From the professional perspective there are lots of surveys, models and associated data being collected at different levels of government, at different geographies (e.g. detailed flooding studies in particular catchments or to support particular development plans) and by ...more »
Extensive flooding has hit the headlines recently, affecting area that were previously seen as safe. The likely cause is the continued rise in global temperatures, resulting in the possibility of further extreme weather patterns. In the past the solution has been to use risk analysis to predict potential floods and provide flood defenses in vulnerable areas based on probability of severity. However with the continued ...more »
This idea is about helping people take steps to design their own Natural Flood Management Scheme. After some very simple training they would use an App to record what can be done where. These can then be discussed with the farmer and landowner to agree a package of works to Slow the Flow. This way local people take ownership, farmers and landowners are working with local people and things can move very quickly.
Many of the issues relating to poor quality water need more data - both in quantity, quality and spatial distribution. Mass-produced sensors will be deployed in drains and sewers, on groynes and sea-walls, in lakes and ponds, and in rivers where they will sit on the river bed (float/move up/down as required). They will sense water quality, turbidity, acidity et al. and transmit data continuously/periodically. Data ...more »
A low-cost way to determine channel characteristics of watercourses, even if subterranean (urban or natural)
NB The name. The Last Starfighter (1984).