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Why Defra has an Earth Observation Centre of Excellence

Analysis ready Sentinel 2 – March 2016 example Cumbria

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 …

GeoSmart's Groundwater Flood Forecasting service

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Groundwater Flood Forecast for 7 January 2014

GeoSmart Information combines Environment Agency open data with modelling in its GWFlood groundwater flood forecast service. Our model At GeoSmart, our model predicts groundwater levels based on actual history of all the main variables affecting groundwater recharge, flow and discharge …

The satellites that safeguard our forests

forestspace

Our forests are valuable to us in many different ways – something we’ve understood for a long time. Now we have a new way to keep an eye on them.

Not boiling the ocean

Ocean

Every organisation has its commonly used phrases and, since starting in Defra in October, I keep hearing people use the term ‘we aren’t trying to boil the ocean’. It’s an evocative term, but we could use it to describe Data …

Reducing duplication of Geospatial Information use across Defra

Travel Guidance Geography Atlas Map Market Paper

Much of Defra’s work relies on good access to, and use of, various kinds of geographical data. At present Defra has numerous local repositories within individual organisations which, in addition to being costly to maintain, can also lead to problems …

A digital-data future at Ordnance Survey

This 1790 OS-proto-map shows Major General William Roy's work with Greenwich and Paris Observatories to improve latitude and longitude records

On a recent visit to Ordnance Survey (OS) I learned about the diversity of geospatial data and innovation OS undertakes. OS was born in 1791 under the ambition of creating a superior map of Britain. While world-famous for their paper …

Sustainable Intensification research and Agri-Environment: win-win for sharing resources

Tree in a yellow field

The global population is rapidly expanding, increasing pressure on our finite resources and ability to produce food. In addition the food that we do have is not currently in the areas where it is needed most. We are facing a …

The right GIS tool for the job

Screenshot of QGIS software

#DefraData's Tim Ashelford compares his first experiences with free and open source geographical information software QGIS with proprietary alternatives. He is joined by QGIS pro Alexandra Kilcoyne from Natural England.