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The Role of Digital Technologies in Responding to the Grand Challenges of the Natural Environment: The Windermere Accord

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  • L Bastin
  • Lindsay Beevers
  • Mike Brown
  • Sarah Dance
  • Ada Dionescu
  • Rob Fraser
  • Harriet Fraser
  • Simon Gardner
  • P.A Henrys
  • Tony Hey
  • Stuart Homann
  • Chantal Huijbers
  • James Hutchison
  • Sophie Laurie
  • Jordan Phillipson
  • Vicky Pope
  • Rachel Prudden
  • Stefan Reis
  • Faiza Samreen
  • D. Sejdinovic
  • Roger Street
  • Joshua D. Vande Hey
  • Massimo Vieno
  • Joanne Waller
  • John Watkins
Article number100156
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>8/01/2021
Issue number1
Number of pages8
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Digital technology is having a major impact on many areas of society and there is equal opportunity for impact on science. This is particularly true in the environmental sciences as we seek to understand the complexities of the natural environment under climate change. This perspective presents the outcomes of a summit in this area, a unique cross-disciplinary gathering bringing together environmental scientists, data scientists, computer scientists, social scientists and the representatives of the creative arts. The key output of this workshop is an agreed vision in the form of a framework and associated roadmap, captured in the Windermere Accord. This accord envisions a new kind of environmental science underpinned by unprecedented amounts of data, with technological advances leading to breakthroughs in taming uncertainty and complexity, and also supporting openness, transparency and reproducibility in science. The retrospective also includes a call to build an international community working on this important area.