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Building integrated agriculture - a physics-based simulation approach for optimisation of environmental conditions

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The growth of building-integrated agriculture as one potential solution to reducing food miles for city-dwellers brings with it disparate problems that present new challenges to the agriculture industry. The dual aim of keeping energy costs to a minimum while maximising crop growth is particularly challenging. Extensive monitoring provides valuable information and statistical analysis of historic conditions can be used to generate forecasting models. But practical trials to vary conditions may be difficult to carry out in a commercial environment. This is where physics-based simulation can help; by simulating the interaction of the vegetation with the surrounding environment, ‘what-if’ scenario tests can be performed efficiently and the impact of potentially sub-optimal conditions explored. We are fortunate to work closely with the operators of Growing Underground, a farm located in previously disused tunnels in Clapham, London. As part of a long-running project encompassing both monitoring and simulation, a digital twin is being developed which will enable the operator to both visualise current and forecast farm conditions, and to explore future scenarios. In this talk the foundation of the physics-based simulation component of the digital twin will be presented and the wider applicability of the approach to other building-integrated agriculture configurations will be explored.

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/growingunderground

This talk is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training -- Agriforwards CDT (CAMBRIDGE) series.

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