New environmental challenge created to combat coastal pollution: In the United Kingdom, a new competition to finance long-term solutions to disperse coastal pollution has been announced.

The challenge has been created by Geovation, the Ordnance Survey’s open innovation network hub, in collaboration with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to address the challenges that coasts confront as a result of strong storms, coastal erosion, and sea level rise.

Climate change, as well as a slew of diffuse pollution sources, are to blame. These pollutants may wreak havoc on water quality and damage coastal areas, wreaking havoc on the ecology.

The discharge of potential contaminants from dispersed pollution sources can be extremely harmful to the ecosystem as a whole.

The challenge will aim to address the important issue of diffuse pollution on Britain’s coastlines and look at sustainable solutions to improve water quality, as well as improve efficiencies, profitability, and sustainability from agriculture to water and sewage infrastructure. The winners will receive a prize of up to £5,000 for their efforts.

According to UKHO, the United Kingdom has a coastline of about 20,000 miles, including the islands, and the great majority of the population lives within 100 miles of the shore.

Successful candidates for this challenge will have access to data from the Ordnance Survey, including terrain, buildings, and water networks. Geovation works with innovators and start-ups by offering them with real-time data and knowledge.

To identify and create feasible ways to safeguard the 20,000 miles of coastline, it will be supplemented by data from the UKHO, the Met Office, and the British Geological Survey.

“The coastal challenge is a great way to inspire and drive collaboration using geospatial, maritime and meteorological data so that innovators, with the support from our Geovation community, can devise sustainable solutions in order to tackle critical environmental issues.” Said Carly Morris, Head of Geovation.

“The environmental impact of diffuse pollution is ever more apparent in the UK and we hope that through the challenge we can get closer to finding sustainable solutions that can deliver change and make a positive impact on the future of our coasts.”

New environmental challenge created to combat coastal pollution

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