Environmental engagement projects receive COVID-19 funding awards

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Five innovative public engagement projects to tackle challenges caused by COVID-19 have received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The projects have received up to £10,000 each and will help to understand, address and mitigate the impact of the pandemic on the environment and society.

Starting immediately and continuing until March next year, the projects are:

  • An online lesson programme hosted by the University of Lancaster where children are taught about environmental science using Minecraft.
  • A Queen Mary University of London scheme to develop an online observatory for the River Chess, a threatened chalk stream that is home to important wildlife.
  • A collaborative partnership led by the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) which will bring together an author, illustrator and web developer to make an interactive online short story for 7 to 11-year-olds. The story will explore changes in air pollution due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • A citizen archaeology programme to gather crowd-sourced digital data and study evidence for rates of historic coastal change in Essex that will better inform regional flood resilience debates (Museum of London Archaeology).
  • A Natural History Museum storytelling project using open data compiled by Google and other providers of mobility trends during the COVID-19 lockdown, gathering perspectives from the public and hosting a live online event with museum scientists.  

Read the full story at: https://www.ukri.org/news/environmental-engagement-projects-receive-covid-19-funding-awards/

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