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October 3, 2023

Major new partnership & data collection project

Map Impact has partnered with Save Windermere and the UK Space Agency in what we believe is the most innovative data collection project ever constructed to study the inputs into England’s most iconic body of water, Windermere.

This will be the most extensive scientific study formulated for Windermere. The project will use satellite earth observation tools, together with human activity data from anonymised cellular networks, to objectively and independently analyse how and why Lake Windermere suffers from poor water quality and continued pollution.  As England’s largest freshwater body, this popular tourist destination is famed for its natural beauty and assets, which are increasingly threatened by the state of the lake and its sources – issues that have drawn continued national media attention.

The project runs from September 2023 through to March 2024 and will provide regular progress reports to the project sponsor and grant provider UK Space Agency.  The project’s aim is to identify the issues and causes of catchment-wide freshwater degradation, together with proposing potential solutions for the future effective protection and management of freshwater resources.

“Windermere’s adaptability to climate change is compromised due to the absence of an action plan for long-term lake preservation. The major cause of Windermere’s decline is sewage contamination. This powerful project brings meticulous data-driven evidence collection, enabling us to quantify the impact of pollution on the quality of Windermere’s water. It will supply concrete evidence on the profound ecological impacts of sewage on our lake.”

Save Windermere Founder, Matt Steniek