Dear All,


We are pleased to announce an upcoming event organised jointly by the Royal Statistical Society Environmental Statistics Section and Lancashire and East Cumbria Local Group. The half-day meeting entitled “Design Principles and Data Capture Methods for Environmental Modelling” will take place from 1.00pm-6.00pm on Thursday 2nd November 2017 in the FST Training Rooms, Science and Technology Building, at Lancaster University.


Further information about the event, including speakers and directions is included below. All are welcome to attend this event, which we hope will be of interest to a variety of audiences including applied statisticians, ecologists and environmental scientists. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.


Many Thanks,

James Grant

RSS Lancashire and East Cumbria Local Group Chair




Design principles and data capture methods for environmental monitoring

Thursday 2nd November 2017 

Faculty of Science and Technology Training rooms, Science and Technology Building, Lancaster University


This is a half day meeting organised jointly by the Royal Statistical Society’s Environmental Statistics Section and the Lancashire and East Cumbria local group.

Environmental monitoring is crucial to understand how resilient ecosystems are to anthropogenic environmental change and how any adverse response may be mitigated. However, traditional field-based monitoring can be expensive, particularly over large regions. Technological developments, as well as statistical developments have led to an increase in alternative monitoring methods for evaluating status and trend in key environmental indicators. 

During this meeting, a range of speakers will discuss fundamental principles for designing robust environmental monitoring schemes, discuss a range of options and technologies available for monitoring assessment and highlight some analytical challenges that may be faced. This meeting should be of interest to both applied statisticians, ecologists and environmental scientists.



1.10pm Welcome

1.15       Monitoring the biodiversity of regions:  key principles and possible pitfalls

               Prof Stephen Buckland, University of St Andrews

1.45       Marine monitoring – current practice and future challenges

               Dr Jon Barry, CEFAS

2.15      An Internet of Things for the Natural Environment

               Prof Gordon Blair, Lancaster University

2.45       Tea & Coffee Break

3.00       Satellite data, statistics and land cover applications: some case studies

               Dr Clare Rowland, CEH

3.30       People and birds: Citizen Science data for ecological monitoring

Dr Alison Johnston, University of Cambridge & Cornell University

4.00       Estimating abundance from camera trapping data

Dr Marcus Rowcliffe, Zoological Society of London

4.30       Stopping-time bias for flood return level estimation

               Dr Chris Sherlock, Prof Jon Tawn & Anna Barlow, Lancaster University

5.00       Informal discussion & wine reception

6.00       Close



The FST Training rooms are located on the Ground Floor of the Science and Technology building, “SAT” on the campus map: The route to the room will be well signed within the building on the day, but guests should note that entrances either off the South Spine or Fylde Avenue are the only ones that lead to the correct part of the building, these are the 4 arrows towards the centre of the building on the campus map. The FST Training Rooms cannot be accessed via the entrance in Carpark D or via the computer lab entrance in the narrow alley behind the Fylde building.


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