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Reference Number EP/P001947/1
Title York City Environment Observatory: Diagnostic Phase
Status Completed
Energy Categories NOT ENERGY RELATED 90%;
OTHER CROSS-CUTTING TECHNOLOGIES or RESEARCH(Other Supporting Data) 10%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 15%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 25%;
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 75%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Principal Investigator Professor A Boxall
No email address given
Environment
University of York
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 June 2016
End Date 31 March 2018
Duration 22 months
Total Grant Value £397,354
Industrial Sectors Construction; Creative Industries; Energy; Environment
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Urban Living Partnership
 
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor A Boxall , Environment, University of York (99.991%)
  Other Investigator Dr D Martin , Sociology, University of York (0.001%)
Dr DJ Reed , Sociology, University of York (0.001%)
Professor D Murphy , Electronics, University of York (0.001%)
Mr J R Ford , Geology & Regional Geophysics, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Dr AG Hughes , Environmental Modelling, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Dr S Cinderby , Stockholm Research Institute (SEI), University of York (0.001%)
Professor KE Bloor , Health Science, University of York (0.001%)
Miss S Bricker , Engineering Geology, British Geological Survey (BGS) - NERC (0.001%)
Professor SR Rees Jones , History, University of York (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , PerkinElmer LAS (UK) Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Environmental Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , IBM United Kingdom Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , City of York Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Natural England (0.000%)
Project Contact , Forestry Commission GB (0.000%)
Project Contact , Public Health England (0.000%)
Project Contact , Digital Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Rivers Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Local Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , Science City York (0.000%)
Project Contact , The Woodland Trust (0.000%)
Project Contact , York Minster (0.000%)
Project Contact , YorkMetrics (0.000%)
Project Contact , Simomics (0.000%)
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Objectives
Abstract By the middle of this century, two thirds of the world's population will be urban - equivalent to around 6.3 billion people. Mismanagement of these urban areas will adversely affect the health and well-being (i.e. how people experience their lives and flourish) of the population, and lead to social and environmental injustice. It has long been recognised that good quality cultural, social, built and natural environments within cities provide benefits in terms of health, well-being and equity of urban residents. Conversely, poor quality environments negatively affect the health and well-being of citizens and have negative economic consequences. With increasing urbanisation and changes in climate, the built, cultural, social and natural environments within cities will come under further pressure.While the relationships between selected environment quality parameters, such as noise and air pollution and health, have been well characterised, relatively little is known about the relationship between other quality measures, or endpoints, of economic and societal well-being and health. A major reason for this limited understanding is that while much data on city environments exist, this is fragmented across numerous data owners, is not joined up or at suitable granularity. As these existing datasets have been collected for other reasons, they are not always in a form where they are useful for a wide variety of purposes or for future needs. Data on some important parameters simply does not yet exist. Additionally, specialists in the different disciplines needed to tackle these complex issues often work in isolation. By bringing data together, breaking down barriers across research disciplines and exploiting and developing new monitoring, modelling and analytical technologies (e.g. wireless sensing networks, wearable devices, drones, crowdsourcing, 3D models of cities and virtual reality), it should be possible to provide a holistic analysis of the quality of the environment with a city that can be used by many different stakeholders (e.g. researchers, policy makers, planners, businesses and the public) to address their needs. This holistic analysis will then provide us with a better understanding of how to manage city environments and will provide long-term benefits to citizens and the economy.The York City Environment Observatory (YCEO) initiative will address this major knowledge gap by providing a framework, tools and conceptual models at the urban scale that can be rolled-out to assist with governance of environments in York and other cities in the UK and around the world. In this diagnostic phase project, experts from a diverse range of sectors and disciplines, will work together in a holistic way to design and lay the groundwork for establishing the YCEO. The consortium will work with a range of stakeholders and look to the past, present and future in trying to diagnose and predict environmental issues for York and their associated human health and well-being and economic impacts. We will build on York's strong track record in open data and combine data and models in order to do this. This diagnostic project will allow us to develop a prototype design for the YCEO, to be implemented within the next five years and a roadmap for achieving this. The YCEO will be designed to provide the evidence-base for making decisions on how best to manage and enhance the social, cultural, built and natural environment across city systems now and into the future, and in this way, improve the health, well-being and equity of citizens and the economy of the city. The YCEO will also aid local, national and international stakeholders (including planners, businesses, residents and community groups) to come up with low cost and innovative solutions to a range of problems identified as part of this diagnostic phase of the Urban Living Partnership.
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