Environment

Bucks is undertaking environmental research through a number of European and International projects relating to conservation and sustainability.

Funded by Horizon 2020 as part of the decarbonisation portfolio, SOCLIMPACT models climate change effects and their socioeconomic impacts in European islands for 2030–2100. The project examines how European islands and archipelagos can flourish economically alongside the EU's Blue Growth strategy for sustainable progress in the marine and maritime sectors. It is also looking at how economies will grow as decarbonisation develops. The project is focused on the economies of the Baltic islands, Malta, Sardinia, Madeira, Cyprus, Sicily, Crete, Corsica, Canary Islands, Balearic Islands and the Azores.

SOCLIMPACT is led by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and includes universities from Spain, Germany, the West Indies, France, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, and Malta.

Florin Ioras, Research Professor of Conservation Sustainability & Innovation, is leading the Bucks New University team alongside Research Fellow Ioan Dutca and Research Associate Dr Indrachapa Bandara.

Further information is available on the SOCLIMPACT project website. For news and recent developments, follow @soclimpact on Twitter.

SOCLIMPACT partners, 13 February 2018

This project is led by Universidad Politechnica of Madrid and funded by the ERASMUS+ Knowledge Exchange scheme. It runs from January 2019 to December 2021.

Prof Florin Ioras leads Bucks role on this project.

Funded by the Erasmus+ capacity building in Higher Education programme, this project will develop an International Masters Module programme for the Carbon Neutral Management of Sport Marinas.

Professor Florin Ioras co-ordinates this project with Bucks New University as lead partner, with partners in Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Romania and Italy.

In partnership with Queensland University of Technology, Earth, Environment and Biological Sciences, the central goal of this project is to identify a remote sensible signal for water deficit in the canopy of upland heath vegetation.

The proposed research continues previous work to extend the outcomes from quantifying vegetation change to identifying vegetation stress. The employment of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for remote sensing has been demonstrated as a means of reducing physical impacts of monitoring and ensuring detection of significant change within a community.

Dr Richard Mather is undertaking this work at Bucks New University.

Working with the University of Queensland, Dr Richard Mather, is developing an open source data-processing framework and a change-detection tool to map changes in vegetation and surface geology, a key priority for satisfying the operating conditions of underground mining operations.

The project is funded by The Australian Coal Industry’s Research Program (ACARP), in partnership with BIOSIS Research Pty Ltd.