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

Gordon S. Blair, Richard Bassett, Lucy Bastin, Lindsay Beevers, Maribel Isabel Borrajo, Mike Brown, Sarah L. Dance, Ada Dionescu, Liz Edwards, Maria Angela Ferrario, Rob Fraser, Harriet Fraser, Simon Gardner, Peter Henrys, Tony Hey, Stuart Homann, Chantal Huijbers, James Hutchison, Phil Jonathan, Rob LambSophie Laurie, Amber Leeson, David Leslie, Malcolm McMillan, Vatsala Nundloll, Oluwole Oyebamiji, Jordan Phillipson, Vicky Pope, Rachel Prudden, Stefan Reis, Maria Salama, Faiza Samreen, Dino Sejdinovic, Will Simm, Roger Street, Lauren Thornton, Ross Towe, Joshua Vande Hey, Massimo Vieno, Joanne Waller, John Watkins

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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 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 perspective also includes a call to build an international community working in this important area.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100156
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2021


  • DSML 1: Concept: Basic principles of a new data science output observed and reported
  • data science
  • digital environment
  • digital technologies
  • environmental science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Decision Sciences


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