Catchment Data and Evidence Forum 2022

Organisation: Various

Location: Online

Type: Technical Support & Training

We were delighted to see lots of you at this year’s Catchment Data and Evidence FORUM. It was a blended event, co-organised by Durham University with the CaBA Catchment Data User Group (CDUG), which is a multi-sectoral CaBA working group, consisting of data users, data providers and modellers with a focus on the practitioner community.

The keynote presentation by David Hannah from University of Birmingham and supporting presentations from Glen McGregor (University of Durham) and Richard Kingston (University of Manchester) were all focused on climate science. These three presentations provided the current state of knowledge with respect to climate change and examples of it’s impacts on aquatic systems and vulnerable communities. A compelling picture emerged of the importance of data & evidence to target catchment/landscape scale work where it will have the greatest impact on communities, the environment and climate mitigation and resilience. This year’s FORUM was scheduled between the SciMap User Group and a series of practical workshops.  This changed the dynamics of the event from previous years with a far greater emphasis on practical training and knowledge sharing.


 Where are we? Current strategies and frameworks for environmental data scientists (chair – Clare Deasy)    

  • Local Nature Recovery Strategies & Feedback on CDUG Survey/Future Development – Dave Johnson on behalf of DEFRA 
  • MoRPH Estuaries / 25 YP indicators – Lucy Shuker, Cartographer 
  • Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment – Pete Henrys, UKCEH 
  • Natural England Wetlands Framework – Dave Johnson, The Rivers Trust and Helen Wake, Natural England 
  • Q&A     

Data, Climate Change, and Society (chair – Sim Reaney)  

  • Keynote: Protecting rivers from high water temperature extremes under global change – Prof David Hannah, University of Birmingham 
  • Catchment Solutions Data & Evidence from Browney & Skerne – Clare Deasy, Northumbrian Water 
  • Climate Just Datasets – Richard Kingston, Climate Just 
  • Source identification through integrated analysis of hydrologic connectivity and streamwater chemistry – Julia Knapp, Durham University 
  • Climatology – Glen McGregor, Durham University 
  • Q&A  

Communicating Data to Make It Count (chair – Michelle Walker)  

  • Coastal Data Hub Developments – Amy Pryor and Heather Bell, Coastal Partnership Network 
  • Participatory Modelling in the Water for Tomorrow project – Alison Furber, The Rivers Trust 
  • 3D models and 360 video of natural flood management interventions for geomorphological monitoring and engagement – Josh Wolstenholme, Hull University 
  • Is there really any phosphorus in urban runoff, or is it just a distraction? –  Jo Bradley, Storm Water Shepherds 
  • Green/Blue Infrastructure Portal: mapping access to blue space – Chris Bean, The Rivers Trust 
  • Q&A     

Young Researchers Showcase (chair – Sim Reaney)    

  • Water Quality Monitoring Using Species Composition of Diatom Assemblages in the Nakdong River, South Korea – Muyeol Jung, Durham University 
  • Predicting the climate change impact on catchment hydrology from multi-ensemble modelling – Ivo Pink, Durham University 
  • Q&A     

Monitoring Change for Data Experts (chair – Dave Johnson)  

  • UpStream and beyond: community-led, continuous monitoring to improve water quality in the UK and Taiwan – Amy Jones, RPS Group 
  • Rivers Water Quality Report – Mick Whelan, University of Leicester 
  • River Obstacles App – Michelle Walker, Natural Aptitude 
  • CastCo – Paul Hulme, The Rivers Trust 
  • Q&A    
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