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UK Lakes Portal 2.0 - NBN Atlas, Connectivity, Old Maps & More!

The UK Lakes Portal was launched in March 2016 to showcase the wealth of physical and environmental data that’s been collected on lakes across the UK, helping to make it easily accessible to the public. Since then, the portal has gone from strength to strength, and it’s really exciting to be able to publish a major update, after working together with other institutions and projects to bring some really great new features.

Citizen science has incredible potential to transform environmental monitoring across the world

Across most of the world there are insufficient resources to monitor animals and plants, the state of habitats and the quality of freshwaters and our oceans. Without this information we cannot begin to know the impacts humans have on the world and, crucially, to reduce and even turn around these impacts. But, if the aspiration to involve one billion people in citizen science by 2020 is even partially achieved, it could transform our knowledge.

The UK’s preparedness for Xylella fastidiosa

A new £5million research project announced today will enhance the UK’s surveillance and response to Xylella fastidiosa, a plant disease which has devastated olive trees in parts of Italy and which can also infect other commercially important plants. BRIGIT is a collaborative project comprising 13 researchers from 9 research organisations.

Predicting the threat from invasive non-native species in British Overseas Territories

Last month, I led a team of ecologists who met in St Helena, a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, to collaborate with invasive species experts on the mid and south Atlantic UK Overseas Territories. Together we are working to predict and prioritise those non-native plant and animal species most likely to present a threat to existing ecosystems, human health and the economy on the island, as well as developing Pathway Action Plans to inform the already incredible work of the local biosecurity teams.

Valuing the benefits of marine ecosystem services

Dr Gill Ainsworth talks about a recent project and film exploring what people value about our seas, carried out as part of the Marine Ecosystems Research Programme:

What does the sea mean to you? Enjoying fresh, salty air? Visiting beautiful beaches and remote islands? Perhaps a livelihood from fishing, sailing or diving? Maybe the chance to encounter seabirds or dolphins or to eat freshly caught, local seafood?

Providing an innovative crop mapping dataset to the academic community

Oliver Robertson, CEH’s data licensing manager, introduces an exciting development for our CEH Land Cover® plus Crops dataset...

The UK academic community can now enjoy full access to crop mapping datasets covering all of Great Britain thanks to the addition of our CEH Land Cover® Plus: Crops dataset to the online Digimap data delivery service operated by EDINA.

Taking action against the global threat of antimicrobial resistance

As the World Health Organization marks World Antibiotic Awareness Week (12-18 November 2018), Dr Andrew Singer explains why the environmental dimension of AMR is a major concern...

The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) to global public health has been a recurring fear over the past 77 years since the widespread use of penicillin and the 84 years since the use of sulfa-based antibiotics.

How are people and plants influencing water storage in the Northern Andes?

Dr France Gerard announces the start of an exciting three-year project called PARAGUAS, a collaboration between UK and Colombian researchers to investigate how plants and people influence the water storage capacity of the Páramos, an important mountain biome found in the Northern Andean regions...

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