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Constructing a Digital Environment Webinar Series
The Constructing a Digital Environment (CDE) webinar series aims to develop the digitally enabled environment to benefit scientists, policymakers, businesses, communities and individuals.

Data digitisation, rescue, and re-purposing is our fifth webinar series. Led by CDE Expert Network member Dr Adrian Hines, it focusses on efforts to augment the range of data that are available for use in environmental research by harnessing existing sources of data in innovative ways. This includes:
- Digitisation of data holdings to enable their use in digital environmental research
- Data rescue efforts to increase the volume of historical data that are available for use in environmental research
- Data repurposing to enable use of data for new purposes beyond their original application

Each of these efforts is enabling new value to be delivered from existing sources of data. The webinar series will cover activities spanning each of these areas.

You can catch-up with previous talks from the earlier segments of the webinar series by subscribing to our YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/c/ConstructingaDigitalEnvironment

Please register for each of the webinars separately on this site - by ticking the box next to each date.

For further details on the events and speakers, please see http://digitalenvironment.org/cde-webinar-series
You can choose to attend one or more of the following webinars.

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Prof Rob Allan
18th March - ACRE and International Global Weather Data Rescue
Rob works at the Hadley Centre in the UK Met Office, he led the development of both the Hadley Centre monthly global mean sea level pressure (MSLP) data set (HadSLP2), and a daily MSLP product over the North Atlantic-European region back to 1850. In 2007, he created the International Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) Initiative (http://www.met-acre.net/), and has coordinated all of its activities since. In this webinar, Rob will discuss the full nature of ACRE and its role as the prime driving force behind ongoing rescue of global historical surface instrumental weather observations and their enhancement of global historical reanalyses.
Malcolm Kitchen
8th April - Opportunistic Data for Weather Forecasting
The economic benefits of accurately targeting weather warnings is driving the development of higher resolution operational forecasting models. The level of detail at which we are able to forecast the weather now exceeds the level at which we can observe it. Real-time observations are vital for situational awareness and verification of the forecasts, so it is important that the ‘resolution gap’ is not allowed to widen. It is not economically or practically feasible to bridge the gap through massive expansion of conventional observing networks. Hence attention is focussed on alternative sources of low-cost/high volume information on the atmospheric state. This seminar will describe some successful developments of opportunistic data sources, along with some failures and work in progress. Opportunities for involvement of the academic sector in this area of R&D will be outlined.
Vince Smith / Mike Howe
29th April - Digitising the world's collections to address global challenges
Natural science collections tell us how the earth developed over 4.65 billion years, and the impact of humans in the past few thousand years. If unlocked, collections data can become a research tool to help find solutions to the most important challenge we face over the next 30 years – mapping a sustainable future for ourselves and the ecosystems on which we depend. Dr Vince Smith and Dr Mike Howe have been at the forefront of these activities, leading and contributing to the development of DiSSCo (www.dissco.eu). The Distributed System of Scientific Collections is a pan-European research infrastructure bringing together data from approx. 1 billion specimens held in 20 countries. This webinar will review contributions of natural science collections and explore how they’re being transformed through digitisation to unlock scientific potential, including areas such as biodiversity conservation, control of invasive species, medicine discovery, agricultural R&D, and mineral exploitation.
Martin Unwin
20th May - The Scout-2 HydroGNSS Microsatellite Mission
Scout missions are a new Element in ESA’s FutureEO Programme, demonstrating science from small satellites, with a three year launch schedule, under a limited budget. Data will be made available freely using a data service delivery approach. HydroGNSS has been selected as the second ESA Scout Earth Observation mission, primed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, with support from a team of scientific institutions. The microsatellite uses established and new GNSSReflectometry techniques to take four land-based hydrological climate variables; soil moisture, freeze/thaw, inundation and biomass. The initial project is for a single satellite in a near-polar sun synchronous orbit at 550 km altitude that will approach global coverage monthly, but an option to add a second satellite has been proposed that would halve the time to cover the globe, and eventually a future constellation could be affordably deployed to achieve daily revisits.
Liz Kent
10th June - Making old data more useful @National Oceanography Centre
Historical data archives are being expanded with newly-collected and newly-digitised surface marine observations. This talk will discuss the steps that are needed to make sure these data can be fully integrated into the existing data systems for climate applications. Climate data is most often used as data products rather than raw observations – methods to construct these products work best when detailed information about the observations, and the conditions under which they were recorded are available. Data systems that can retain or generate rich descriptions of the observations are key to quantifying uncertainty and estimating any bias adjustments needed. Improving data systems is therefore a necessary step toward improved climate data records.
Sarah Phillips
24th June - New Digitisation Project