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New research expands the potential of environmental DNA techniques in river monitoring

Environmental DNA survives for less than two days in small fast-flowing rivers, providing highly localised and current information on species composition, new experimental research has shown. This is crucial new evidence as biologists turn increasingly to new DNA sampling techniques to assess aquatic ecosystem health.

 

Environmental DNA (eDNA) sampling is being adopted more and more by government agencies and commercial contractors in biodiversity assessments because it uses far less manpower, needs less expertise and could reduce costs. The technique involves taking water samples from aquatic habitats and screening for remnants of DNA (e.g. cells and secretions) originating from the species present. The hope is that this rapid approach could be automated to replace more laborious methods of sample sorting and identification that are currently needed.

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News of research (involving UKEOF partner, NERC CEH) to understand more about the potential of environmental DNA (eDNA) as technique for monitoring rivers and streams

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News of research (involving UKEOF partner, NERC CEH) to understand more about the potential of environmental DNA (eDNA) as technique for monitoring rivers and streams

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NBN Conference 2018

NBN Conference 2018 | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Conference is taking place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 November at the Albert Hall, Nottingham. The theme of this year’s conference is “The NBN in a changing climate”. Over the course of the two days we will be covering topics such as data from citizen science, data for delivering environmental planning, tools for online resources, “life” in changing environments, using species and habitat data to prioritise biodiversity action, improving biodiversity on farms and much more! 

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The NBN conference should be of interest to anyone involved in biological recording, biological data management (species records, etc.), citizen science, the state of the UK's natural environment and the importance of good biological data.

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‘Little Data, Big Data, No Data? Data Management in the Era of Research Infrastructures’ workshop report — LTER in Europe

In light of the eLTER Research Infrastructure (RI) being accepted on the ESFRI roadmap, the organisers of a recent workshop are keen to share their workshop report. Their workshop, which was called ‘Little Data, Big Data, No Data? Data Management in the Era of Research Infrastructures,’ was one of the initial steps in Finland towards being able to contribute data to the eLTER RI. The aim of the workshop was to provide an introduction to data management in the ecological and related sciences as well as the place of local data management within the emerging larger data and RI context, i.e. within the data landscape.

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This workshop report may be of interest to anyone involved in the management of ecosystem research and observation data

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Physical and chemical impacts of a major storm on a temperate lake: a taste of things to come?

Physical and chemical impacts of a major storm on a temperate lake: a taste of things to come? | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Extreme weather can have a substantial influence on lakes and is expected to become more frequent with climate change. We explored the influence of one particular extreme event, Storm Ophelia, on the physical and chemical environment of England’s largest lake, Windermere.

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The monitoring records on Windermere used in this study were funded by CEH and NERC, and those on the River Leven by the Environment Agency (all are UKEOF partners).

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The monitoring records on Windermere used in this study were funded by CEH and NERC, and those on the River Leven by the Environment Agency (all are UKEOF partners).

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Tree Coring: What it is and why we do it

Tree Coring: What it is and why we do it | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it
We’ve published a new report about tree coring, called A review of the theory and practice of tree coring on live ancient and veteran trees. Here, our Woodlands Policy & Advice Officer Kate Holl tells us more about tree coring and the importance of ancient trees, and explains why we’ve done this research. Ancient and…
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SNH have published a new report about tree coring. On their blog site, Woodlands Officer, Kate Holl, explains about tree coring, the importance of ancient trees, and explains why they've done this research

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Land management in lowland catchments for integrated flood risk reduction

LANDWISE is one of three projects funded by the Natural Environment Research Council evaluating the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management programme. LANDWISE seeks to examine how well natural land-based measures can be used to reduce the risk of flooding for communities. it focuses on the upper Thames catchments.

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The LANDWISE project involves several UKEOF partners (BGS, CEH, FR/FC, EA and NE).

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The LANDWISE project involves several UKEOF partners (BGS, CEH, FR/FC, EA and NE).

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Government launch call for evidence to be geospatial world leader

Government launch call for evidence to be geospatial world leader | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The UK government is urging the UK’s geospatial sector and beyond to take part and share views on their future vision, as part of its call for evidence.

 

By using location data, geospatial technology is transforming services across the private and public sectors to contribute to the #SmarterGov Government campaign, which helps deliver wider economic growth and productivity. From emergency services, transport planning, and 5G networks, to housing, smarter cities and drones - the UK’s geospatial infrastructure has the potential to revolutionise the UK’s economy.

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The closing date for responses to this call for evidence is 24 October 2018

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Cammini LTER public science engagement event connects LTER sites in Italy and Switzerland — LTER in Europe

Cammini LTER public science engagement event connects LTER sites in Italy and Switzerland — LTER in Europe | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Cammini LTER are informal science communication events developed by the Italian national LTER network, LTER Italy. The events take place along routes connecting two or more LTER sites. Travelling between the sites may involve walking, cycling or kayaking. The main objective of the initiative is to engage a wide audience in the aims and activities of LTER Italy, in order to raise awareness of the importance of studying ecosystems and biodiversity over long periods.

 

This multi-day hike will take place in the Italian and Swiss Alps. It will be the first Cammini LTER event to connect long-term ecosystem research (LTER) sites in more than one country. Along the way, research scientists will organise a series of talks and field activities demonstrating different aspects of LTER research and explaining the importance of long-term ecosystem observations and studies. Participants will have the opportunity to try a range of science activities.

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An innovative style of public engagement centred around place-based, long-term ecosystem research studies

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Ash dieback found on three new host species of tree in the UK

Ash dieback found on three new host species of tree in the UK | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Landscapers, gardeners and tree practitioners are urged to report suspected ash dieback via the Forestry Commission's Tree Alert system. The call comes after three new tree and shrub species in the same family as ash (Oleaceae) tested positive for ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus fraxineus) infection at the Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire.

 

To report a suspected case of ash dieback in any of these newly identified host species, visit the Tree Alert portal.

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Landscapers, gardeners and tree practitioners are urged to report suspected cases of ash dieback via the Forestry Commission's Tree Alert system.

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RSPSoc - UKNEOConf2018

RSPSoc - UKNEOConf2018 | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

UK National Earth Observation Conference, 2018 - 4-7 September 2018, Birmingham University

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A conference on earth observation and remote sensing from satellites, planes, UAVs, etc.

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BTO Bird Migration Blog: Autumn here we come

BTO Bird Migration Blog: Autumn here we come | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Spring and autumn are exciting times for anyone who watches birds. Here on this blog BTO will make predictions about when to expect migrant arrivals and departures, so that you know when and where to see these well-travelled birds.

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A blog about autumn bird migrations to and from the UK.

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#2 Reframing Resilience for Natural Capital

Webinar held by JNCC - May 2018 1. Paul Woodcock, Evidence Specialist in Ecosystems Analysis at JNCC 2. Jane Lusardi, Senior Ecosystem Approach Specialist

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A video presenting a webinar by UKEOF partner JNCC, on resilience and natural capital.

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Copernicus Sentinel-3B’s altimeter has Earth’s oceans’ measure — EUMETSAT

Copernicus Sentinel-3B’s altimeter has Earth’s oceans’ measure — EUMETSAT | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Just two weeks after the launch of the environment-monitoring satellite Sentinel-3B, the third of its payload of instruments – its radar altimeter - has begun sending high-precision measurements back to Earth. The SRAL instrument is designed to deliver accurate measurements of sea surface height, significant wave height and surface wind speeds over the world’s oceans. EUMETSAT Altimetry Expert Remko Scharroo said sea level is an important indicator of climate change. “Globally, the sea level has been rising by an average of just over 3mm per year for the past 20 years but the rise is not uniform,” Scharroo said.

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A new satellite-based instrument has begun providing accurate measurements of sea surface height, significant wave height and surface wind speeds.

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Why we need a geological macroscope

Why we need a geological macroscope | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

A microscope is a device to help us see small things easily, but a macroscope is a network of sensing devices and detectors that allows us to see big things – and how they change and evolve.


Via NERC Press Office
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This interesting article is by Prof Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology at BGS (a UKEOF partner)

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The British Geological Survey (BGS) is a NERC-supported centre.

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This interesting article is by Prof Mike Stephenson, Director of Science and Technology at BGS (a UKEOF partner)

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ACCE: A Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Natural Environment Research Council

ACCE: A Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Natural Environment Research Council | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) providing doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines. Our vision is to develop motivated, confident and multi-skilled PhD students, undertaking cutting edge research and tackling environmental science questions of global significance.

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The ACCE DTP will train - to PhD level - a new generation of scientists studying global and local environmental change, with a focus on biological components of the environment.

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ACCE partners include NERC and CEH, both UKEOF partners.

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Following the path of chemicals through the soil

Following the path of chemicals through the soil | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

A new and quick way to predict the transport of chemicals through the soil has been developed.

 

Where do pesticides and their degradation products go once they enter the soil? And how long does it take them to get to groundwater or drainage systems? That depends on a number of factors, but researchers at Aarhus University have come a step closer to finding quick answers. For the first time ever, they have used visible/near-infrared spectroscopy to predict the transport of dissolved chemicals through intact soil.

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A novel use of visible/near-infrared (vis-NIR) spectroscopy to predict the transport of dissolved chemicals through intact soil. According to the researchers, the efficiency of this technology in terms of cost and speed of measurement may outweigh expensive and precise measurements using conventional methods.

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NERC - UK expertise informs Google's new dataset search

Experts from UK Research & Innovation have contributed to a new search tool launched today by Google that aims to help scientists, policymakers and other user groups more easily find the data required for their work and their stories, or simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

 

In today's world, scientists in many disciplines, and a growing number of journalists, live and breathe data. There are many thousands of data repositories on the web, providing access to millions of datasets, and local and national governments around the world publish their data as well. As part of the UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) commitment to easy access to data, their experts worked with Google to help develop Dataset Search.

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UKRI experts have helped Google to develop Dataset Search, a tool to search for data.

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Asian hornet: UK sightings in 2018

Asian hornet: UK sightings in 2018 | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a species of hornet which is not native to the UK. It is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than other hornets or bees. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and pollinating insects. This is why we are keen to stop this insect establishing in the UK, and why you should report suspected sightings.

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People can report sightings of Asian hornets using the Asian Hornet Watch app.

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ESFRI 2018 roadmap launched; eLTER RI among the new research infrastructures — LTER in Europe

ESFRI 2018 roadmap launched; eLTER RI among the new research infrastructures — LTER in Europe | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

On September 11th, the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) presented the 2018 ESFRI Roadmap on Large Scale Research Infrastructures during a half-day conference in Vienna. The ESFRI Roadmap identifies new Research Infrastructures (RI) of pan-European priority and the Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem, Critical Zone & Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure (eLTER RI) is among them. These new research infrastructures will be designed to meet the long term needs of European research communities.

 

When fully operational, eLTER RI will be a permanently funded and managed, distributed infrastructure of field sites covering European environmental zones. These field sites will be designed to support excellent science on the functioning of our life supporting systems (a whole-system approach, including studies of human-environment interactions and earth’s critical zone).

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This emerging European research infrastructure is expected to involve UK partners and long-term environmental observation & research sites.

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Establishing a UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership

Establishing a UK Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The Pollinator Monitoring and Research Partnership (PMRP) aims to combine improved analyses of long-term records with new systematic survey activity to establish how insect pollinator populations are changing across Great Britain.

 

We are working with existing recording schemes to improve our understanding of population trend estimates from opportunistic (unstructured) records, and increase their capacity for data flow and record verification.

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The PoMS partnership includes several UKEOF members: CEH, Defra, JNCC, Welsh Government and Scottish Government

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The PoMS partnership includes several UKEOF members: CEH, Defra, JNCC, Welsh Government and Scottish Government

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Workshop: Non - stationarity and flooding: from statistical models to flood risk management — UKEOF

Workshop: Non - stationarity and flooding: from statistical models to flood risk management — UKEOF | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

A meeting to discuss the technical, practical, scientific and risk management implications of applying non-stationary statistical models to flood event data

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Among the speakers at this workshop is Doug Wilson (Environment Agency), the chair of the UKEOF Management Group

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Phi Week Bootcamp

Phi Week Bootcamp | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The Φ-Week Bootcamp is hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA) in the framework of Φ-Week. It is an intensive 3-day event where you can create solutions towards a sustainable future and build your own startup business. It will bring together a mix of EO researchers, data scientists, non-space corporates, tech leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs and young professionals   |   11-13 November 2018, Frascati (Rome), Italy.

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An event for anyone interested in developing an earth observation-related start-up enterprise.

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Refining predictions of invasive species using remote sensing data

Refining predictions of invasive species using remote sensing data | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of invasive species, prediction, early detection and prevention are priorities in conservation policies. Relying primarily on climatic factors, species distribution models can aid in the prediction of invasiveness at a regional scale, but for finer scale models, biotic parameters and local abiotic conditions should be considered also.

 

In this study, researchers used remote sensing (RS) data and climate data- separately and combined- to evaluate the potential distribution of 14 priority species based on occurrence data from GBIF.org.

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This article links to a research paper: Contemporary Remotely Sensed Data Products Refine Invasive Plants Risk Mapping in Data Poor Regions

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big butterfly count

big butterfly count | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

The big butterfly count is a UK nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. Butterfly declines reveal the poor health of the environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.

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A nationwide citizen science initiative to record butterfly and moth numbers in the UK

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NEREUS NEWSFLASH | Have your say on the skills mismatch in the space/geospatial sectors!

EO4GEO needs your help!

 

Are you providing training courses related to Earth observation (EO) / Geoinformatics (GI)?

 

Are you working in the EO and/or GI sector (in a private, public or academic organization)?

 

You have 6 weeks to contribute with 5 minutes of your time to the development of an innovative strategy for skills development and capacity building in the Earth observation (EO) and Geoinformatics (GI) field, supporting Copernicus user uptake.

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Help develop an innovative strategy for skills development and capacity building in the Earth observation (EO) and Geoinformatics (GI) field

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Silent robots listen to ocean winds

Silent robots listen to ocean winds | UK environmental observations | Scoop.it

Autonomous sea-gliders fitted with hydrophones gather information far from weather stations.


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Using underwater sea-gliders equipped with hydrophones that pick up the noise underwater being made by the weather at the surface.  Researchers say the robots can provide additional information on wind and storm patterns where meteorological stations are scarce.

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Pierre Cauchy is studying for his PhD at the University of East Anglia as part of the Next Generation Unmanned Systems Science (NEXUSS) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT). His research is funded by NERC, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science and the University of East Anglia.