Approved: Effective biodiversity indicators

A POSTnote on effective biodiversity indicators will review the evidence base for the likely indicators of the UK Biodiversity Strategy to 2030. It will look at the challenges associated with these, such as vagueness of targets, incomplete understanding of the mechanisms driving changes in the state of biodiversity, data availability and the optimal number required. It will also review the wider value of biodiversity indicators. Provisional start date: September 2020.…

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Approved: Reforestation

A POSTnote on reforestation will summarise the strategies for identifying optimal areas for successfully restoring woodlands and the possible means of incentivising this. It will look at the evidence for the optimal approaches for providing climate and biodiversity benefits, and the challenges that will need to be addressed. Provisional start date: September 2020.…

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Approved: Hydrogen

A POSTnote on hydrogen will cover the latest developments in low-carbon hydrogen production, as well as developments in applications across transport, industry and heat more generally. We will invite views from the Board on the potential contents of this POSTnote – specifically on a choice between a single note covering all of these aspects, or two separate notes covering applications across industry and transport. Provisional start date: September 2020.…

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New POST work: January 2020

The POST board has approved 7 new POSTnotes. Strategic approached to ecosystem services, reformulation of food products, testosterone and sports performance, machine learning for environmental remote sensing, marine renewables, natural mitigation of flood risk, food fraud. To contribute please click below on the scope of the topic you are interested in.…

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Approved: Natural mitigation of flood risk

A POSTnote on natural mitigation of flood risk will focus on recent research on natural flood measures and climate change at the catchment scale (modelling and observational) that can inform flood management. It will examine the current evidence for the effectiveness of different land management measures on mitigating flood risk, such as riparian woodland, wetlands and flood meadows. It will look at barriers and opportunities for implementing land management-based solutions, including managing c…

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Approved: Marine renewables

A POSTnote on marine renewables will examine the different technologies that underpin marine energy, including tidal stream, tidal range, and wave power. It will focus on the potential for marine energy to contribute to the net zero target, and to a stable, low-carbon electricity supply. It will examine at recent progress in the research, development, and commercialisation of marine energy, and the potential for cost reductions with further deployment. It will also look at Engineering and enviro…

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Approved: Machine learning for environmental remote sensing

A POSTnote on machine learning for environmental remote sensing will focus on setting out the ways in which machine learning analysis adds value to remote sensing data. This POSTnote also examine the environmental applications of this interface. It will look at the challenges facing the effective use of machine learning and the effective policies for realising opportunities.…

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Approved: Strategic approaches to ecosystem services

A POSTnote on strategic approaches to ecosystem services will provide an overview setting out the challenges of conserving ecosystems and their services efficiently. It will review the scientific evidence needed to support integrated management of ecosystem services. It will examine the potential effectiveness of different approaches and the policy needed for delivery across scales.…

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New POST work: September 2019

The POST board has approved 10 new POSTnotes. 3D printing in medicine, Algorithms and accountability, An update on autism, Bioenergy and carbon capture and storage, Climate change and aviation, Infrastructure and climate change Online extremism, Screen time in young people, Plant genetic resources, Sustainable cooling.…

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