The UK Status, Change and Projections of the Environment (UK-SCAPE) programme vision is the development of a whole system approach. By recognising the interdependencies of land, soil, water, air and biodiversity the UK will be able to address current and future environmental challenges. 

UK-SCAPE mission:

  • 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 underpinning element is supplemented with new research activity and data science that bring cohesion to established areas of UKCEH portfolio.

Over twenty projects and two research programmes within UK-SCAPE address their own science questions and provide fundamental research and outputs for the wider community. Collaboration and partnerships are unique to each activity and mirror the interconnection and associated dependencies of environmental science.

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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. Each science project will have its own community and these partnerships are essential for policy or regulatory applications and ongoing research. 

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 following four work packages.


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