Landstory.io is a digital platform and physical network to facilitate co-operation and collaboration between the public, private and community sectors. The platform will map and build a picture of the human and physical landscape to enable the implementation of social, ecological and financially beneficial landscape interventions. Our vision is of a highly skilled and motivated young workforce who can design, plan and ...more »
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.
Ask people on the street to inform relevant authorities of problems by extending a site like fixmystreet.com to include river pollution, flooding, overflowing drains and breach hotspots
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.
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 »
Based on the model pioneered by Refill Bristol, Refillable Cities would see every city and town in the UK reduce its dependency on plastic-bottled water. The aim is to change the mindset of the public when it comes to single-use plastics and stem the flow of plastic litter reaching our oceans. Refill Bristol is a practical campaign to make Bristol a city in which refilling your water bottle becomes a cultural norm, ...more »
A 'Universal Translator' tool to enable proposed and current catchment management and water management project information to be shared seamlessly between all partners in the Catchment Based Approach. Users only need to enter their data in one place to update all existing water project databases and publish OpenData layers for re-use in other systems. This will enable better networking between the wide range of partners ...more »
Analyse and monitor the health of trees in riparian, estuarine and coastal areas as a method of identifying poor water quality. The health of trees near water sources can be directly influenced by the quality of that water. Understanding and monitoring the health of these trees could provide insight into where water quality is an issue, and help identify an patterns in quality improvement/reduction.
The use of optical brighteners has been previously established as a low cost way to diagnose missed connections. Use of UV light to identify the presence of these optical brighteners in watercourses in combination with a mobile device and mapping application and GIS data can help locate missed connections and remedy them. Using a simple UV filter attachment for a smart phone and citizen-science volunteers, indicator signals ...more »
In storms sewage can overflow into rivers or lakes. However, if there are blockages, miss connections or the water levels are too high then sewage can over flow all the time. This sewage becomes an environmental hazard. The idea is to use water proof RFID (Radio Freq Identifier) tags that are flushed down toilets/drains to help map route of sewage. If tags re-appear at exists into rivers or sea outlet when there are no ...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.