Problem Addressed

This solution was sourced in response to UKGBC’s Innovation Challenge: “How can communities and local authorities implement, maintain, and assess the impact of nature-based solutions to enhance climate resilience?” believes that policy for sustainable development can be better (more equitable and more effective) when based on the available scientific evidence. It has therefore focused on bridging the gap from scientific data and knowledge to policy and management decision-making by building and deploying data-intensive, science-based spatial policy support systems. The suite of tools enables science to be delivered in more actionable formats.

Solution Overview consists of a suite of tools to provide rigorous spatial evidence in development decision making. The tools include Co$tingNature, WaterWorld, EcoActuary and FreeStation.

Co$tingNature, WaterWorld and EcoActuary are sophisticated spatial policy support systems that bring together the best available spatial data in easily used web based spatial policy support systems which help to understand:

  1. The impact of development on Nature and of Nature on development (Co$tingNature);
  2. The impact of development on Water resources and water risk (WaterWorld);
  3. The impact of development and climate change on flood risk (EcoActuary).

FreeStation is a suite of designs for self-build low-cost internet-of-things monitoring devices and associated build, maintenance, and deployment guides for monitoring the effectiveness of nature-based solutions at spatial or temporal scales too fine – or situations too complex – for modelling. Together this suite of tools significantly reduces technical and financial barriers to use of rigorous spatial evidence in development decision making.

All are freely accessible for non-commercial use and licensed for commercial use. The annual license depends on the level of functionality required, but ranges from £1000-£9000 currently. These licenses include support.

Verification & Case Study

The suite of tools are designed to calculate the impact of different solutions at design stage or post-implementation and through spatial mapping or multi-point direct monitoring in the landscape.

Case Study: Since these tools represent a wide range of solutions it is best to consult this blog which documents them.

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