With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic littering the oceans, Geospatial is now at the heart of data capture for environmental monitoring. This session focuses on how Waste Assignment, Air Quality, Renewable Energy planning and land management will benefit from technologies like airborne lidar and IoT. New regulatory regimes are on the way, not just in UK but across Europe and the wider world.
Session Programme: 11:15 - 12:15
11:15 - 11:35 Tue 22 Theatre 2
Ocean garbage patch detection in 3D using hydrographic LiDAR
Fabrizio Tadino, Technical Sales Manager, Teledyne Optech, Inc.
Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic litter the world’s oceans in five main patches, the largest one being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) located in the North Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California. The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a not-for-profit that develops technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, needs a reliable method to understand GPGP’s dimensions and predict how many tons of rubbish are to be extracted. Their Aerial Expedition project in 2016 used aerial surveys to quantify the amount of large plastic debris in the GPGP, and Teledyne Optech’s CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging LiDAR) was utilised to fulfill The Ocean Cleanup team’s goal.
11:35 - 11:55 Tue 22 Theatre 2
Powering smarter and cleaner cities by democratising location intelligence
Tim Marston, Head of European Partnerships, CARTO
Smart Cities and progressive governments don’t just manage the data surrounding them, they make it a cornerstone of their strategy and service to citizens. Geospatial analysis is key in improving our environment. This talk will show the remarkable impact of geospatial technologies, including; Waste Assignment in Greater London: How spatial analysis can help local governments to keep cities cleaner using fewer resources; Renewable Energy Expansion in South Africa: how geospatial energy modelling and forecasting can be used to predict renewable energy supply and cost; IoT & Machine Learning in Spain: using IoT sensors to monitor traffic, air quality and resource management and apply machine learning to optimize citizen services.
Tim is Head of European Partnerships at CARTO, where he explores his passion for making location data valuable. After originally training in GIS whilst studying Archaeology, Tim has spent most of his career working in open-source software, seeing the power of collaboration and communities. Tim’s participation in the UK GIS community, and drive to encourage the sharing of knowledge, has also led to his role as a Council Member of the Association of Geographic Information (AGI). Tim has Masters degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Surrey.
11:55 - 12:15 Tue 22 Theatre 2
Integrating remote sensing and open source geospatial data to assist in land management planning
James Caudery, Geospatial Analyst , 2Excel Aviation Ltd
Heather moorland is a globally important habitat, playing a role in supporting diverse fauna and flora and protecting peat soils. It provides environmental benefits, through carbon storage and wildlife habitat, and economic benefits, through grouse shooting and tourism. With 75% of the worldsâ€™ heather in Britain, sustainable management is key to securing its future. Muirburn (rotational burning) is part of heather management, promoting heterogeneity, habitat and grazing for wildlife. However, due to the risk of damage to other fauna, flora and soils, burning is strictly legislated through The Muirburn Code. Land owners must demonstrate adherence to the Code or risk prosecution. The Code details criteria for regions that cannot be burnt, addressing parameters for many environmental, ecological, geographic and anthropogenic features. By applying advanced machine learning techniques to airborne hyperspectral imagery, features such as bracken, trees, heather and water bodies, are mapped.
With an academic background in Earth Sciences, James has built a career in GIS and remote sensing. Utilising open source GIS and bespoke tools, James has worked on a range of projects, including remote infrastructure planning, precision agriculture in arable farming, identification of tree species using remote sensing, and heather moorland management.