Program

Cranfield’s Dr. Monica Rivas Cosado Shares use of Drones to Visualize and Prepare for Flooding.

Aims

Approaches

  • Discuss leading research on data science, journalism, technological innovation, and social inequalities related to flooding
  • Identify regions and data related to flooding that could be central to a consortium
  • Identify potential project partners and initiatives
  • Identify potential grants and scholarly initiatives for collaborative progress
  • Using Zoom or pre-recorded videos to discuss these presentations. Most are allotted 30 minutes, with the hope that some of that time can be used for questions and discussion. 
  • Breakout group times can be large discussion in the main Zoom gallery or in smaller off-shoots if people wish to begin focusing on a particular proposed project or ideas.
  • All registered participants will be sent a password and Zoom room information to attend the workshop.

Agenda

DAY 1

Opening: Setting a Stage, Expanding a Model(?) for Data Science Storytelling

Questions:

1. What are our shared interests and our expertise in developing new, funded research and programming that can also be public-facing?

2. How might some of our current or wished-for projects contribute to a larger, collaborative grant, research, and programming effort?

3. Why am I (or you) part of this workshop and what do I (and you) want to gain? How can that happen?

9:30     Welcome to Wherever: Communicating Local Global Environmental Change (VIDEO)

Dr. Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Theme 1: Identifying Perspectives & Promise in Data Science to Explore UK Flooding

Questions:

1. Where are “we” already working with our research and programming?

2. What populations and geographies are at most risk of flooding and either a) are not discussed publicly or b) need to be spoken more about?

3. What questions aren’t be asked and what answers do we have that people haven’t heard?

4. Who would fund and find interesting these ideas?

10:00   The State of Flooding: An Overview and Analysis of Risk (VIDEO)

Rob Lamb, JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

10:30   Studies in Human Data Interaction: Data Discovery, Sensemaking and Reuse (VIDEO)

Dr. Laura Koesten, Research Fellow, Department of Infomatics, Kings College London

11:00   Collaborative Environmental Data Science (VIDEO)

Dr. Amber Leeson, Senior Lecturer in Applied Data Science, Lancaster University

11:30 Breakout Group

12:00   Lunch Break

Theme 2: What’s Doing: Exploring Science Communication and Data Interdisciplinarity

Questions:

1. What are the problems and possibilities associated with science communication that is research-based but also public-facing?

2. What approaches to data and environmental science could benefit from science communication, and what does science communication require from data and environmental science?

3. What research-based project, program, publication, and public effort could I (or you) see myself contributing to, and how?

1:00     KEYNOTE: Communication, Science, and Society (VIDEO)

Dr. Juliet Pinto, Associate Professor, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Pennsylvania State University

1:30     News Coverage of Flooding in the UK and India (VIDEO)

Paul Solman, Lecturer, City, University of London and Brunel University 

2:00     KEYNOTE: Opportunities for Communicating Data Stories using Automation (VIDEO) 

David Caswell, Executive Product Manager of BBC News Labs

2:30     Drones and Artificial Intelligence for the Visualisation of Flood Extent and Impact (VIDEO)

Dr. Monica Rivas Casado, Senior Lecturer in Integrated Environmental Monitoring, School of Water, Energy and Environment, Cranfield University

3:00     Breakout Groups

3:20     Day 1 Wrap-up and Next Steps for Tomorrow

Dr. Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Day 2

10:00   Introduction to the Day’s Aims/Revisiting Questions from Before

Dr. Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

Questions:

1. What ideas came about from yesterday, and where might they lead?

2. What challenges have been identified, and how can they be addressed?

3. What “next steps” do we have in mind?

Theme 3: Identifying Collaboration and Shared Outcomes 

Questions:

1. How can data be integrated into story, and what stories need data?

2. What would our team look like, and how would we work together?

3. What virtue story and data in addressing flooding and related environmental, social, and cultural issues?

4. How can I be involved in something going forward?

10:10   What can we Learn From Children’s Flood Stories and how can These be Visualised for Wider Audiences? (VIDEO)

Professor Maggie Mort, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

10:40   “Future Skills” Means More Than “Training:” Communicating Complex Technical Research and Skills Development Within Professional Communities (VIDEO)

Rob Lamb, JBA Trust and Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University 

11:10   Language & Environmental Change: Frames, Metaphors and Sentiments in “Constructive,” “Mainstream,” and “Social” Media (VIDEO)

Dr. Dimitrinka Atanasova, Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University

11:40   Breakout

12:00   Closing Remarks: Next Steps for UK Underwater

Dr. Robert (Ted) Gutsche, Jr., Senior Lecturer in Critical Digital Media Practice, Department of Sociology, Lancaster University