River Invertebrate Classification Tool (RICT) is a web application that implements the RIVPACS IV predictive model.
This tool is maintained by the UK’s environment agencies; Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Environment Agency (EA), Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). This tool is hosted on Microsoft AZURE cloud, uses the Machine Learning Studio platform, and is freely available to access but requires the user to use an existing/or create a Microsoft account. This account requires an email address and password. These credentials are held solely by Microsoft and the usage is outlined in the Microsoft Privacy Statement (https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-gb/privacystatement). These login credentials are not accessible by the UK’s environment agencies. The UK’s environment agencies have no access to details of who has used the tool nor access to any inputs uploaded by the user or outputs generated by running the tool. The tool is provided as an open source solution for transparency reasons only and as such there is no support for external users of the tool but a user guide can be obtained from the RICT site