For most of us, environmental monitoring is far from the most attention grabbing of topics, and unlikely to make for stimulating discussion over the dinner table. However, the acquisition of detailed data on the state of our environment is nonetheless vital. It enables use to quantify how the environment is changing, provides the data that are required for us to be able to predict future changes and act accordingly, and provides the evidence to measure the success of management decisions and policies.
The University of Exeter is currently running a project examining how best to develop the environmental monitoring network for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This is a response to the rapidly growing availability of relatively inexpensive monitoring devices, improved information transfer networks (superfast broadband, mobile networks), and the associated potentials for much more engagement of the general public with acquiring environmental data (citizen science). This provides an exciting opportunity to generate real time environmental data at a high spatial resolution. The project is engaging with a wide range of organisations and businesses about the need for, and possible provision of, much improved environmental monitoring data.
Here, we would like to invite you to join an open discussion on potential ideas and issues with implementing a better environmental monitoring system across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This discussion will help to contribute knowledge and evidence to the project, identify opportunities and barriers so these can be addressed appropriately, and hopefully will allow a platform for discussion which can help to generate ideas and solutions through the exchanges of different participants.