About Forth Environmental Resilience Array (Forth-ERA)
The innovative approach of Forth-ERA will be transformative, driving sustainable economic recovery on a local, regional and ultimately global scale.
Technology being deployed can be applied in a wide range of settings and across multiple sectors: from agriculture and fisheries, and food and drink, to shipping and navigation, biodiversity and conservation, oil and gas, renewables and low carbon, green tourism and heritage, local and national governance and public health.
It is scalable and replicable and has the potential to offer intelligent, data-led solutions to support businesses, policymakers and regulators, across the world, transition to a more sustainable future.
Forth-ERA has been recognised as an exemplar for digital water across the UK engaging with government departments and gaining supersite status with the DANUBIUS-RI pan-European research infrastructure on River-Sea systems. On behalf of the UK Water Industry, the UK Water Partnership shine the spotlight on Forth-ERA as an example of best practice, from which the efficacy of digital technologies and interventions can be tested and appropriately scaled up across the UK and internationally to the benefit of all.
- Position Scotland and the Forth Valley region as a global leader in, environmental monitoring, earth observation and green data to support the just transition.
- Design and operate a world class “digital twin” catchment infrastructure, supporting the green recovery at a regional level, ensuring its outputs are of value to support regional transformation.
- Provide a single point of access to open environmental data and analytics for the Forth Valley region (for science, business and communities).
- Facilitate world leading research and innovation to support the net zero transition (locally, nationally, and globally).
- Create the evidence to support regional climate solutions that can be scaled and replicated.
- Stimulate enterprise, entrepreneurship & innovation in new green technologies and data solutions.
- Provide a long-term climate asset for multiple stakeholders to utilise to inform and influence decision making, regulation and policy.
- Support and promote climate citizenship across the region through the delivery of skills, employability, and educational opportunities through the Region
Welcome to a climate tour of the Firth of Forth
Putting data to practical use
Data applications can support:
- Effective monitoring of peatland restoration, coastal stability and salt marshes and remote monitoring of water bodies.
- Provide near-real time detection and monitoring of wastewater discharges from treatment works. Assist harbour authorities with information on sedimentation and navigation waterways.
- Provide data about marine ocean currents and waves for shipping, optimising routes to improve safety, reduce fuel and improve time efficiencies.
- In real-time, monitor changes in soil moisture and river levels provide early warnings of potential flooding.
The scale and scope of the work being undertaken by the University of Stirling cannot be achieved working independently.
We rely on our partners and stakeholders to help turn ambitious plans into reality.