Environmental data sources
The Biological Records Centre (BRC), established in 1964, is a national focus in the UK for terrestrial and freshwater species recording. The work of BRC is a major component of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
The role of the BADC is to assist UK atmospheric researchers to locate, access and interpret atmospheric data and to ensure the long-term integrity of atmospheric data produced by NERC projects. The BADC has substantial data holdings of its own and also provides information and links to data held by other data centres.
The Climatic Research Unit is concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change. It has developed a number of the datasets including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system, as well as statistical software packages and climate models.
The Countryside Information System (CIS) is a Microsoft Windows-based program developed to give policy advisers, planners and researchers easy access to spatial information about the British countryside.
The NBN is concerned with making species data available to anyone interested in the UK’s biodiversity. It's aim is simple: capture wildlife data once in a standard electronic form; integrate data from different sources; and use the internet to enable data to be used many times in different ways by as many people as possible. NBN enables access to a wealth of UK biodiversity data via the NBN Gateway.
The UK Eutrophying and Acidifying atmospheric Pollutants (UKEAP) network project combines two Defra atmospheric pollutant monitoring projects which have measured air pollutants at rural sites across the UK over the past two decades. UKEAP sits within the wider framework of UK pollutant monitoring and contributes data to the UK and the international research effort investigating the flow of chemicals in the environment.