Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

i-DAT is part of the Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab project, focusing on data harvesting (through remote sensor devices), analysis, simulation and visualisation of climate change data – the Impact Lab.

Impact Lab Brochure:



The Impact Lab is a partnership of seven world class Devon based organisations. The partnership comprises the University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, the Met Office, the University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Rothamsted Research. The Impact Lab is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund: Total funding is £6.4 million.




The Immersive Vision Theatre:




The heart of what the Impact Lab offers is resource for collaborative projects to help businesses solve a key technical challenge in the development of a new product, service or process.

The Immersive Vision Theatre is the core resource to support the Impact Lab and i-DAT brings its skills in data harvesting and visualisation and simulation to delivery innovative solutions to real – (future) world problems.





Impact Lab Projects:

Data Visualisation & Simulation:

Object & environment scanning / modelling / interactivity / gamification / immersive – VR/AR/Fulldome…

Geo Data Science:

Sub-surface modelling / scanning / GIS / geo-thermal / active tectonics / geohazards…

Data Science & Statistics:

Questionnaire design / data analytics  / social media analytics / predictive modelling / Machine Learning…


The Sustainable Earth Institute:

i-DAT is working closely with the Sustainable Earth Institute to deliver the Impact Lab. The Sustainable Earth Institute: promoting a new way of thinking about the future of our world: More about the Sustainable Earth Institute



The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.




i-DAT’s Impact Lab Team: