Barbara Percy

Barbara Percy
University of Reading · Department of Meteorology


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Publications (5)
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There is an emerging and urgent need for new approaches for the management of environmental challenges such as flood hazard in the broad context of sustainability. This requires a new way of working which bridges disciplines and organisations, and that breaks down science-culture boundaries. With this, there is growing recognition that the appropri...
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Anthropogenic impacts on the aquatic environment, especially in the context of nutrients, provide a major challenge for water resource management. The heterogeneous nature of policy relevant management units (e.g. catchments), in terms of environmental controls on nutrient source and transport, leads to the need for holistic management. However, cu...
Increasing pressures on the hydrological cycle from our changing planet have led to calls for a refocus of research in the sciences of hydrology and water resources. Opportunities for new and innovative research into these areas are being facilitated by advances in the use of cyberinfrastructure, such as the development of digital catchment observa...
Despite the volume of environmental data available at local, national and global scales, the likely impacts of land management and climate change, as well as their interactions and the management options available to protect against natural disasters like flooding can remain obscure. Interpreting the complexity of findings presents a broad range of...
Technical Report
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The EVO Pilot (EVOp) was an ambitious two year project to test the value of new cloud technologies for connecting and integrating fragmented data, models, and tools to deliver new holistic approaches to environmental challenges. The need for such an approach has become increasingly clear as we seek to improve food, water and energy security. These...


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Projects (2)
LANDWISE is one of three projects funded through the NERC Evaluating the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) programme running from 2017-2021. The goal is to evaluate land-based NFM measures current being used by innovative farmers in the West Thames River Basin. This will be achieved by integrating local knowledge about land use and management within catchment management scenarios to be tested through multi-model approach from field to large river basin scale. Technical work will include a field survey, remote sensing, modelling and data visualization. For more information see or @NERC_NFM.
Archived project
The pilot Environmental Virtual Observatory was a proof of concept project to develop new cloud-based applications for accessing, interrogating, modelling and visualising environmental data, by developing a series of exemplars. It has demonstrated how cloud technologies can make environmental monitoring and decision making more efficient, effective and transparent to the whole community. This website ( provides information that was available at the time that the project was proposed and then presents summaries of the findings and outputs of the project A full description of the work undertaken and the techniques used can be found in the Final Report. Finally, the outputs are described and demonstrated in a series of short EVO videos that are presented by key personnel who were involved.