The UK Status, Change and Projections of the Environment (UK-SCAPE) programme is one of UKCEH’s major activities delivering significant UK National Capability. Its vision is the development of a whole system approach to addressing environmental challenges in the UK. This requires recognising that land, soil, water, air and biodiversity are deeply interconnected systems.

The UK-SCAPE mission is to:

  • Work towards and promote an integrated understanding of the dynamics of our environment
  • Support the community in the provision of data, models and knowledge based resources
  • Shape the direction of future ecological and hydrological research
  • Enable the UK to deliver a world leading, sustainable system of environmental management and conservation.

UK-SCAPE draws upon UKCEH expertise and capability to deliver monitoring and observation across a range of environments. This underpins new research and data science activities that build upon and extend established areas of UKCEH's portfolio.

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Critical to the success of these activities is working in partnership with experts both within UKCEH and externally. Each science project has its own community and these partnerships are essential for policy or regulatory applications and for ongoing research.


The five-year UK-SCAPE programme is funded by the Natural Environmental Research Council as part of a National Capability Science Single Centre award.