5:45pm - 7:30pm


Mott MacDonald Office, 22 Station Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB1 2JD United Kingdom


Free to attend

Event description

The CIWEM East Anglian branch invite you to their lecture on urban forests.

Our towns and cities are ecosystems in their own right. Urban areas are not ecological deserts: half of UK urban land is ‘green space’; a mix of habitats from roadside verges through gardens to parks. Green spaces are important, and none more so than urban forests, which perform services such as regulating temperature, preventing flooding, and sequestering carbon.

Studying UK urban forests is difficult, but a data revolution is coming. On-the-ground data collection fails to represent cross-sections of diverse forest structures fragmented through built infrastructure and publicly- versus privately-owned land. This will soon change. Revolutionary new remote-sensing technologies including satellite imaging, airborne and ground-based LIDAR and hyperspectral imaging, coupled with sophisticated ‘artificial intelligence’ (AI) algorithms, are yielding ‘big data’ of fine resolution at huge spatial scales.

Dr Iain Stott (Lecturer in Ecology, University of Lincoln) shall discuss research at citywide to nationwide scales concerning urban forest structure and function, and potential ramifications for future urban development and forest management. These include on-the-ground studies showing how urban forests regulate citywide environments, research using big data to quantify regional urban forest structure, and suggestions for how to forecast spatiotemporal change in nationwide urban forests using big data, AI, and ‘borrowed’ ecological models.

The event will also be streamed to our Peterborough hub.

About the speaker

Dr Iain Stott | lecturer in ecology | University of Lincoln

Iain Stott is a computational ecologist. He works with mathematical models, statistical analysis, big(-ish) data and novel software to help understand how environmental and human disturbances to ecological system structures affects their function over time and across space.

He studies the ecology, evolution and conservation of plants and animals with structured populations as well as the structure and function of urban ecosystems using population ecology approaches.

Iain joined the University of Lincoln in Jan 2019, following time at the University of Exeter; the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany; and the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark.

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Booking information

Please note that this event is taking place at Cambridge and is not being streamed to any other hub.

There is limited capacity at this event. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking on, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place.

Please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org if you have any difficulties with booking a place or would like to cancel your attendance.

If you have any queries, please contact Daniel Attwood at daniel.attwood@yara.com.

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most sustainable means of transport possible.

The Mott MacDonald offices are only 5 minutes’ walk from Cambridge Railway Station. For those coming by coach, the National Express bus station is in Cambridge Parkside (City Centre), just 16 minutes' walk from the venue.

If you do come by car, please do consider sharing your journey with others.

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