Science and technology

Combining world leading expertise with the latest technology and innovation.   

By exploiting the latest developments in satellite-based Earth observation, in situ sensor technologies with artificial intelligence (AI), modelling and Digital Fabric including 5G capability, we can develop an exemplary living lab that will act as a key enabler of inclusive growth and climate action.

Critically, it will also provide the evidence of the sustainable benefits of positive interventions whilst acting as a testbed for future innovation.  

Satellite orbiting around earth

Earth observation

Building on world leading capability in retrieving in optically active in water constituents from satellite measurements, proven at the global scale and tuned for high accuracy data retrieval.

In situ for satellite validation

Sensors to provide data to tune and validate algorithms for atmospheric correction to ensure spectral measurements at the top of the atmosphere match above water conditions.  Sensor array will be attractive to algorithm developments and support new partnerships.

In situ sensors

Providing data at specific points within the river-estuarine system fused with EO data to provide high temporal resolution data to monitor high response times to environment change, e.g., discharge events, harmful algal bloom, water quantity and changes in current flow and surface condition.  Sensors data couple with EO data assimilated into models for calibration and validation.

Digital fabric capability

Forth-ERA will exploit multiple digital fabric solutions, including IoT, 4G and 5G cellular network technology to enable high-volume data telemetry from a large number of distributed sensors, including high-definition video, while simultaneously permitting equally large volumes of data to be live streamed to users in the field supporting innovative applications such as the use of augmented reality (AR) in the natural environment.

Forth-ERA: a model to net-zero

See the technology in action

The Forth ERA platform is an agile web-based platform which is designed to support a range of user needs including:

  • continuous access to data streams in near real-time to support environmental monitoring
  • streamlined access to data to inform decision making, support climate solutions and help inform emergency responses to specific events such as floods and pollution spills; and
  • access to archived data for retrospective analyses of longer-term environmental changes to support analyses of past and predicted trends.