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Geovation Water Challenge

Landstory.io

Landstory.io is a digital platform and physical network to facilitate co-operation and collaboration between the public, private and community sectors. The platform will map and build a picture of the human and physical landscape to enable the implementation of social, ecological and financially beneficial landscape interventions. Our vision is of a highly skilled and motivated young workforce who can design, plan and ...more »

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30 votes

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Free Hand Held Surface water flooding App.

In summary a simple Geo-Tag Picture App, user loads app, it loads location and asks simply three questions. Date Time Photo Too often Local authorities receive reports of surface water flooding during heavy rain fall with very little information. Making a free simple app availble for the user to Take a photo and add date / time it will help enable Engineers to see exactly what happened. As the saying goes, a picture speaks ...more »

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8 votes

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The Fat Box - "pour it in here not down the sink!"

Manufacture a small recycled carboardbox, similar to a juice carton but half its size able to contain about 500ml of liquid. It would be square with a "funnel" top for easy pouring and a simple lid. These would be manufactured in a way to make them ultra affordable and easily available through supermarket chains so that everyone would be happy to add them to their monthly shopping and have a Fat Box on or near their sink. ...more »

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8 votes

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Switch the Stick: biodegradable cottonbuds instead of plastic!

100,000 plastic cotton buds get flushed down the loo EVERY WEEK in the Thames Water region alone. Not only do they cause sewer blockages by providing a sickly structure for fats and rags in the sewers to stick to, but they're a menace to our marine habitat too. During heavy rainfall our sewers overflow into our waterways, where these plastic cotton buds get flushed out to sea. Once there, they remain for hundreds of ...more »

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6 votes

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Refillable Cities: tapwater campaign to reduce marine plastic

Based on the model pioneered by Refill Bristol, Refillable Cities would see every city and town in the UK reduce its dependency on plastic-bottled water. The aim is to change the mindset of the public when it comes to single-use plastics and stem the flow of plastic litter reaching our oceans. Refill Bristol is a practical campaign to make Bristol a city in which refilling your water bottle becomes a cultural norm, ...more »

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6 votes

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A Universal Translator for Water Project Information Sharing

A 'Universal Translator' tool to enable proposed and current catchment management and water management project information to be shared seamlessly between all partners in the Catchment Based Approach. Users only need to enter their data in one place to update all existing water project databases and publish OpenData layers for re-use in other systems. This will enable better networking between the wide range of partners ...more »

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5 votes

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Missed connections identification app and tool

The use of optical brighteners has been previously established as a low cost way to diagnose missed connections. Use of UV light to identify the presence of these optical brighteners in watercourses in combination with a mobile device and mapping application and GIS data can help locate missed connections and remedy them. Using a simple UV filter attachment for a smart phone and citizen-science volunteers, indicator signals ...more »

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4 votes

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Tree Health as a Water Quality Indicator

Analyse and monitor the health of trees in riparian, estuarine and coastal areas as a method of identifying poor water quality. The health of trees near water sources can be directly influenced by the quality of that water. Understanding and monitoring the health of these trees could provide insight into where water quality is an issue, and help identify an patterns in quality improvement/reduction.

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4 votes

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Water Quality IaaS (Information as a Service)

The upfront capital costs associated with the installation and maintenance of water quality sensor systems are prohibitively high to a single customer. However we believe there are many customers who have need to access such data, from government (national & local) and associated agencies to water and insurance companies’, fisheries and surfers. Our intention is to become the primary provider of water quality information-as-a-service ...more »

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3 votes

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Poo Mapping

In storms sewage can overflow into rivers or lakes. However, if there are blockages, miss connections or the water levels are too high then sewage can over flow all the time. This sewage becomes an environmental hazard. The idea is to use water proof RFID (Radio Freq Identifier) tags that are flushed down toilets/drains to help map route of sewage. If tags re-appear at exists into rivers or sea outlet when there are no ...more »

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3 votes

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Connected Catchment Communities

Planning guidance in the UK has introduced requirements for sustainable drainage to control surface water flowing from new developments but without wider coordinated catchment management these measure will impact on too few communities. As climate change increases, so will extreme precipitation events. Direct flood defences are becoming prohibitively expenses and more compensatory measures must be identified to prevent ...more »

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2 votes

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National map of opportunities for natural flood mitigation

Create a national map of the areas where ‘natural’ flood mitigation measures (e.g. meandering, afforestation, drain blocking, restoring wetlands and washlands etc.) might be employed whilst minimising the impact on existing economic activities. The map would use topographic, land cover and soils data, coupled with agricultural and urban land use information, to rate the opportunity value. This could be extended by mapping ...more »

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2 votes

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UAV based green LIDAR for Flood Risk Mapping

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 »

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2 votes

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Green Shield

The media has encouraged a public perception that flood defences need to involve dredging, large-scale engineering and hard-defences. Adopting a catchment-based approach, identifying potential areas wherein soft defences could be effective, and valuing the flood mitigation benefits of engineered landscapes (in addition to their amenity value) would change public perception and encourage landowner participation. Greenshield ...more »

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2 votes

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Beadyeye

40% of UK household have a water meter, and although meters aren't compulsory in most areas they are standard on new-builds, and may be fitted compulsorily in some circumstances (such as areas of water stress or when you move home - OFWAT). Reading the water meter is often difficult - mine is under water for 1/3 of the year but I useually manage to take a picture of it every week and now have 3 years of data. Similarly ...more »

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2 votes

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Interactive sandbox and projection mapping for flood management

To create an interactive playbox which mixes layers of physical data with visual animation and feedback. The real-life sand in the box can be played with and the data is fed into the computer. The software processes parameters such as the height of the sand and hand motions made by the users; and then projects back onto the sand visual geographical information, including elevation, contour lines, rainfall and water flow ...more »

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2 votes

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Use existing embankments as natural dams to create flood storage

There are many locations where roads and railways are carried across river valleys on solid embankments, with rivers and streams passing through culverts. My idea is to use GIS to identify where a simple gate structure could be inserted into the culvert and hold back flood water, flooding the upstream land and therefore attenuating the flood flow with online storage behind the embankment. Just flooding a small area to ...more »

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