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Identifying opportunities for ecosystem services in landscape systems

March 2021
Gallery HydroloGIS 1
Gallery HydroloGIS 1


The Solution identifies, ranks and prioritises all potential solutions (considering woodland, agroforestry, semi-natural grassland and water retention features) to river flooding, diffuse pollution and erosion/siltation. The model outputs can also be combined to solve multiple additional problems: groundwater, pluvial and sewer flooding; drought; targeting agricultural management improvements; reverse auctions; irrigation. HydroloGIS added value is unique in the fact that its results cannot be created using standard GIS or hydrological methods because these cannot identify what type of interventions to create; they cannot prioritise or rank solutions; and they often suggest spending resources in inefficient locations. This solution exclusively uses open source or client data; control modelling by local constraints and aspirations; and integrate with standard ecosystem service modelling (such as biodiversity, carbon, pollination or recreation).

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Label Date March 22, 2021
From United Kingdom
Maturity stage Small scale commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility, Funding, Partners, Credibility

The environmental benefits

  • Prevents underperformance of nature-based projects by up to 50% compared to other planning systems
  • Outputs are perfect for participatory design, so reduce consultation times and objections by up to 2 years
  • Works at a high 5m resolution from farm scales up to entire countries
  • Over 3000sqkm of natural interventions already identified to solve local problems
  • Nature-based Solutions can save 95% carbon emissions of hard engineered solutions to achieve same protection
  • Intelligent use of natural solutions crowds-in funding for nature, potentially unlocking $billions worldwide

The Financial benefits

  • Stops the up to 50% failure of nature-based projects for water that standard design techniques deliver
  • The projects deliver a cost-benefit ratio of 1:30, even when considering direct benefits alone
  • The £10/sqkm base price makes it highly affordable for small organisations and NGOs

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Company Profile

Angus Middleton

Sophisticated modelling to maximize the benefits we get from nature: climate resilience, water, carbon and wellbeing.

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Headquarters Fi, 27 Clifton Hill, Brighton BN1 3HQ, UK

Networking Partner

The Climate Innovators Network by Kite Insights & Leading Edge Only (LEO)

Solar Impulse has teamed up with Kite Insights and Leading Edge Only to bring together an exciting new global ecosystem for climate innovation, designed to scale industry-leading solutions: The Climate Innovators Network.

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