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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UK-SCAPE comprises over twenty projects and two research programmes, each addressing its own science questions and providing fundamental research and outputs for the wider community.


Established UKCEH activities form the monitoring component of the programme. They draw upon UKCEH expertise and capability across multiple disciplines: earth observation, data science, technology, sensor networks and citizen science.

Research programmes

The two UK-SCAPE research programmes, SPEED and SOC-D, aim to deliver much needed new understanding and tools to support the UK’s environmental research, management and decision-making communities.

Work packages

A holistic, integrated approach looking at the wider landscape will provide multiple benefits for researchers, the economy, the environment and people. To this end, UK-SCAPE includes the four work packages described below through which its projects and research programmes are managed. Additional work packages cover UK-SCAPE coordination and stakeholder engagement.


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.