The Role of Digital Technologies in Responding to the Grand Challenges of the Natural Environment:The Windermere Accord


Digital technology is having a major impact on many areas of society, and there is equal opportunity for impact on science. This is particularly true in the environmental sciences as we seek to understand the complexities of the natural environment under climate change. This perspective presents the outcomes of a summit in this area, a unique cross-disciplinary gathering bringing together environmental scientists, data scientists, computer scientists, social scientists, and representatives of the creative arts. The key output of this workshop is an agreed vision in the form of a framework and associated roadmap, captured in the Windermere Accord. This accord envisions a new kind of environmental science underpinned by unprecedented amounts of data, with technological advances leading to breakthroughs in taming uncertainty and complexity, and also supporting openness, transparency, and reproducibility in science. The perspective also includes a call to build an international community working in this important area.

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Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Funding Information: This work is partially supported by the DT/LWEC Senior Fellowship (awarded to G.B.) in the Role of Digital Technology in Understanding, Mitigating and Adapting to Environmental Change, EPSRC : EP/P002285/1 , and by the greater Ensemble research programme
Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors. This is an open access article under the CC BY license
Uncontrolled Keywords: data science,digital environment,digital technologies,DSML 1: Concept: Basic principles of a new data science output observed and reported,environmental science,Decision Sciences(all)
Publication ISSN: 2666-3899
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2024 07:25
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2021 15:21
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2021-01-08
Accepted Date: 2021-01-01
Authors: Blair, Gordon S.
Bassett, Richard
Bastin, Lucy (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-1321-0800)
Beevers, Lindsay
Borrajo, Maribel Isabel
Brown, Mike
Dance, Sarah L.
Dionescu, Ada
Edwards, Liz
Ferrario, Maria Angela
Fraser, Rob
Fraser, Harriet
Gardner, Simon
Henrys, Peter
Hey, Tony
Homann, Stuart
Huijbers, Chantal
Hutchison, James
Jonathan, Phil
Lamb, Rob
Laurie, Sophie
Leeson, Amber
Leslie, David
McMillan, Malcolm
Nundloll, Vatsala
Oyebamiji, Oluwole
Phillipson, Jordan
Pope, Vicky
Prudden, Rachel
Reis, Stefan
Salama, Maria
Samreen, Faiza
Sejdinovic, Dino
Simm, Will
Street, Roger
Thornton, Lauren
Towe, Ross
Hey, Joshua Vande
Vieno, Massimo
Waller, Joanne
Watkins, John



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