Open data

Data, emerging technologies, uses and impact

How can we use data, now and in the future? What are emerging technologies and what are their potential uses and impacts? A Defra-Royal Society panel debate asked these and other questions recently...

Why Defra has an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence

Earth Observation technologies help us to understand how our actions affect our environment and are key to delivering better services through smarter use of data.

Up, up and very far away: Remote sensing in flood response

Currently 1.8 million people live in areas at risk of flooding across the UK. With an increasing population and dependence on flood plains for housing and industry, loss of natural flood defences and increased likelihood of extreme weather events; this …