My idea is to use OS mapping technology and straight forward soil sampling techniques to create a carbon map of the United Kingdom’s agricultural soils. I will then use this data as the basis for a carbon offset trading scheme that will create new revenues for farmers, encourage the growth of composting and enable companies across the UK to offset their carbon emissions. The potential is enormous as a 1% rise in soil ...more »
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
The game that gives citizens the key to the city, enabling new and community-driven ideas for city-space based on real life planning data. This tool will help citizens understand what can be done in practice, while giving professionals and decision-makers the ability to assess public acceptance of proposals. The map, following on from wherewouldyoubuild.com, would visualise development opportunities using data on existing ...more »
The use of green spaces for events and activities can often go unnoticed and undiscovered in the local area. It is common that people want to try new activities or go to new events but get frustrated searching through the internet or social media. Our idea is to create an app which will act to help discover, promote and attend events. This might include fitness events (yoga, runs, etc.) or events (mass picnics, promo ...more »
Capture territory in your local environment and compete against others to hold on to it. Run this Town is a smart phone application that transforms every local environment into an arena for play. To take part, players activate the app whilst beginning their run, so it can record their location. The objective is to possess as much territory as possible and spaces can be captured by running around them. The game will ...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 »
To support individuals, groups and communities to connect to one another and their local environment through facilitation of walks and a participant led mapping project. Participants will create a mapping tool enabling people to actively explore and enjoy their local area. Locations, journeys and stories are mapped as points of interest for an online or smart phone accessible programme which can be updated by users ...more »
Could London become the first city in the world massively recycling its household oil? Ideally, we should be all sending our old cooking oil for proper disposal or energy production, avoiding costly blockages to the drains and further pollution. However, unlike restaurants, households do not produce huge quantities of fats which makes it uneconomic and unpractical to organise their proper disposal. If there was an efficient ...more »
In the UK we will increasingly live on water or work on water due to the increasing effects of climate change. Planning policies are slowly shifting away from building more flood defences due to the continuing rising costs and towards acceptance that seas and rivers cannot be contained forever. Therefore we require innovative solutions when living with floods or on water like other European countries. One solution is ...more »
As archaeologists we have considerable experience in the problems posed by poor utility mapping available for commercial users such as ourselves, and of the financial and Health & Safety implications of unexpectedly finding utilities while excavating a site. Our proposal is to provide a service which digitises historic utility maps and makes available the resulting data. With digital records not in use by utility companies ...more »
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.
It is an established fact that colour coded maps are easier for people to read, but in many towns and cities there are more than 15 or 20 cycling routes, which means that there are more routes than there are colours. My idea is to use the same colours more than once, by coding routes according to a direction of travel. All routes on the north-south axis are allocated a particular colour, all routes on the east-west ...more »