The project builds on the pilot Environmental Virtual Observatories project (EVOp), which involved Emmett as co-PI and Blair as co-lead on cloud infrastructure. EVOp (www.evo-uk.org) is a £1.62m NERC funded project involving 13 research centres in the UK, with an associated scientific and industrial advisory board and strong stakeholder engagement. The project, which finished in September 2013, successfully demonstrated how cloud computing can transform the way that Environmental Science is carried out by supporting a new kind of integrated science bringing together data, models and other environmental assets, and supporting open access to such assets. The work is recognised as having placed the UK at the forefront of environmental informatics and the results are feeding directly into major national / international activities, e.g. Blair is advising NERC on a £13m spend on cloud infrastructure for UK Environmental Science (the Environmental Big Data Initiative), and is a UK representative on the Belmont Forum eInfrastructure Steering Committee (a ‘high level group of the world's major and emerging funders of global environmental change research’).
The Environmental IoT project goes further by integrating cloud computing and IoT technology to provide a comprehensive cyber-infrastructure to understand and management of the natural environment.
The work also builds on 3 major initiatives, the GlasTtir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme, the NERC Macronutrients Turf-2-Surf Project and the NERC large consortia grant on freshwater C cycling (a total investment of £15m), together providing major data streams that underpin our planned IoT. The data streams span soil, water and climate domains for our chosen catchment, the Conwy, offering a potential step change in the scope of environmental management.
The Environmental IoT project takes this work further by integrating the data assets into a comprehensive Internet of Things for the Conwy, and providing further integration with cloud computing enabling open environmental management across land and water based resources.
This project was supported by EPSRC grant EP/L023636/1 which is related to EP/L023555/1 and EP/L023237/1