The role of innovation in advancing understanding of hydrological processes

Bracken, Louise J., Cockshut, Ladan, Taylor, Jenny and Cotterill, Sarah (2020) The role of innovation in advancing understanding of hydrological processes. Hydrological Processes, 34 (23). pp. 4404-4416. ISSN 0885-6087

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Innovation and understanding hydrological processes are intimately linked. Existing research has demonstrated the role of technological, societal, and political drivers in shaping and delivering new understandings in hydrological processes. In this paper we pose three research questions to explore how innovation can further our understanding of hydrological processes, if working towards the sustainable development goals (SDGs) provides a helpful focus, and whether specific mechanisms can be used to facilitate innovation and research into hydrological processes. First, we examine key aspects of innovation and explore innovation in the context of water security. We then present a series of innovation projects to determine their effectiveness in delivering innovation in managing hydrological processes, but also their contribution to scientific understanding. Our research suggests that product and process innovation were more closely related to increasing scientific understanding of hydrological processes than other forms of innovation. The NE Water Hub demonstrated that the design of the innovation ecosystem was crucial to its success and provides a model to integrate innovation and research more widely to further scientific understanding and deliver behaviour change to address the SDGs.

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Additional Information: Funding information: We thank the following: (a) European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) for supporting The NE Water Hub; (b) our project partners Durham University, Durham County Council, Northumbrian Water Limited and the Environment Agency; (c) our collaborators Ashleigh Adey, Niall Benson, Nicola Bramfitt, Adrian Cantle-Jones, Anna Gerring, George Gerring, Chris Jones, Jackie McKenna, and Rachel Murphy; and (d) the SMEs across the country who participated in and engaged with the NE Water Hub project.
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2021 11:43
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 11:45

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