Why do we need to monitor the natural environment?

Because this enables us to assess the current status of the environment and to understand the causes of change.
Long-term national monitoring is important for assessing the status of the environment and for helping to understand the causes of change.

Providing answers to high-level questions

UKCEH collects and integrates national scale datasets, enabling researchers to answer high-level questions around the status and trends of environmental resources.

Air and water case studies

UK-SCAPE included two case studies, one focussing on air, the other on water. The outputs from these are listed in the Resources section.

Key innovation

Our national monitoring builds upon established approaches while incorporating advances in sensor technology and data analytics. We will continue to integrate new developments in statistics and informatics to maximise use of our monitoring programme to support research.