Geo-Opportunities in Environment & Sustainability (Or, the Purpose of Life)

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A slightly off-beat and provocative talk about great opportunities for geo-professionals in the face of global challenges.

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Geo-Opportunities in Environment & Sustainability (Or, the Purpose of Life)

  1. 1. Thierry Gregorius Coventry, 25 March 2010
  2. 2. The Earth
  3. 3. You are here People live on it
  4. 4. Energy People need… Water Shelter Food Air Land
  5. 5. ‘Peak Oil’ Global challenges Water security Population growth Food security Land Climate change degradation
  6. 6. Are we all doomed? Yes. The Sun, 5 billion years from now.
  7. 7. Everything is relative
  8. 8. The purpose of life? Scotland Feb. 2010
  9. 9. Example: GPS. X-times more productive than classic survey technology. What do we do? X-times more work? X-times more leisure?
  10. 10. ‘Peak Oil’ Global challenges Water security Population growth Food security Land Climate change degradation
  11. 11. So what’s the point? http://twitpic.com/wwp3d
  12. 12. The road to the future… etc… etc… IT Y” NA BIL UST AI “S
  13. 13. Sustainability n. The capacity to endure. “Sustainability has become a wide-ranging term that can be applied to almost every facet of life on Earth.” Wikipedia Is it a B-word ? Buzz ? Bull ? Bingo ?
  14. 14. “interdisciplinary” “develo “environmen pment t” ” “socio-eco nomic” r ces” ” sou “ water al r e “natur “land” “energy” “transport” “poverty” “ food ” “clima etc… te cha ng e”
  15. 15. In other words…?
  16. 16. Old skills…
  17. 17. … new jacket?
  18. 18. Re-cap… Climate Change Water Security Food Security Population Growth Peak Oil Land degradation
  19. 19. Geo-skills e.g. Climate Change Flood risk modelling Water Security Geology, Utility management Food Security Land use management Population Growth Urban & transport planning Peak Oil Exploration survey Land degradation Brownfield remediation
  20. 20. Geo-skills Geo-data e.g. e.g. Climate Change Flood risk modelling Height data Water Security Geology, Utility management Real-time data? Food Security Land use management Remote sensing Population Growth Urban & transport planning 3D city models Peak Oil Exploration survey Topo Land degradation Brownfield remediation 2D - 4D mapping
  21. 21. $ustaina£ility…
  22. 22. Of all places!
  23. 23. “We used our experience with oil and gas platforms to design [the offshore windpark] to withstand North Sea conditions.” Egmond-aan-Zee, Netherlands
  24. 24. w pur pose e ski lls, ne Sam Oil exploration survey, Libya 2007
  25. 25. The new oil?
  26. 26. So what’s in our geo-toolbox?
  27. 27. Sensors… New: Consumer
  28. 28. Data (commercial)
  29. 29. Data (government) 10 dJ an. 20 srelease edataset 3,000 f re
  30. 30. Data (government-commercial)
  31. 31. ‘Crowdsourcing’ – users create data www.OpalExploreNature.org www.OpenStreetMap.org Exeter, July 2007 Exeter, July 2008
  32. 32. Basically: A shedload of data… Data ‘off the Web’ Commercial & paid-for gov data blurring boundaries… Instant access Comprehensive and/or authoritative Free at point of use Known or premium quality Fast innovation Targeted end user focus (specialised) One size fits all, unknown quality Greater turnaround time IPR & commercial re-use issues Greater cost, but incidental to value
  33. 33. Looking at data in new ways Upside-down Google maps Real-time data: The ‘Sensor Web’
  34. 34. A glimpse of the future New tech: Mobile, 3D, Augmented Reality • Still early/niche but for how long? • TED Bing Maps demo: check it out http://www.ted.com/talks/blaise_aguera.html
  35. 35. 3D – many false dawns, but it is coming Mobile – crowdsourcing, augmented reality
  36. 36. What does this bring? Greater user participation Increased choice & competition A growing & more complex world More sophisticated user demands A free for all culture? But also: More legal test cases & legislation: privacy, copyright
  37. 37. More user choice Also in the professional market Emerging alternatives to Ordnance Survey large-scale mapping… UKMapTM by The GeoInformation Group
  38. 38. More user choice Also in the professional market New ways of data collection e.g. crowdsourcing by professionals People’s MapTM by Getmapping et al
  39. 39. How much data is on the internet? “500 billion gigabytes”
  40. 40. Legislation Climate Change Act 2008 Environmental Liability Directive 2009 Carbon Reduction Efficiency Scheme 2010 Flood and Water Management Bill 2010 Etc… …requiring more data, and more quality data e.g. uninsurable risks
  41. 41. Summary • a flood of sensors • a flood of sensors • a flood of data • a flood of data • a flood of users • a flood of users • a flood of uses • a flood of uses • a flood of legislation • a flood of legislation • new web & geo-technologies • new web & geo-technologies • user participation: people power • user participation: people power • more sophisticated user demands • more sophisticated user demands • a more complex world • a more complex world • the global challenges • the global challenges
  42. 42. ultin g in… d ata Re s ert i se & for exp ter need a grea r tu n ities eo-o ppo ts ofg Lo
  43. 43. Lots of fun
  44. 44. U think? t do YO Wha Thank you. Thierry.Gregorius@Landmark.co.uk www.twitter.com/Thierry_G

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