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Explore our range of web-based apps and tools which provide methods to search and evaluate different data or support decision-making relating to specific environmental challenges. We also have a range of mobile apps which allow volunteers to submit biological records.


Plant diversity and occurrence over 40 years shiny app screenshot
Plant diversity and occurrence over 40 years app screenshot

Clean air

  • APIS & APIENs Mapping Interface
    An innovative one-stop GIS tool for the APIS website. This mapping tool allows users to easily interrogate complex spatial data and find information about protected sites within the four UK countries. This tool helps UK conservation and regulatory agencies and environmental Consultants, to help make decisions on reducing air pollution impacts on protected habitats.
  • Ammonia Capture using Trees
    This tool is a calculator and guidance for farmers, planners and tree planters, so they can maximize the benefits of planting tree shelterbelts for ammonia recapture. This includes information on a number of important aspects of planting, such as recommended planting distances and configurations, species which are better at ammonia capture and other aspects of design so that new planting for this purpose can optimize potential benefits and units located near existing woodland can be situated to capitalize on potential benefits. It also includes prevailing wind and planting suitability maps.

Climate and land

  • Linking Natural Capital Attribute Groups to Ecosystem Services (LiNCAGES)
    LiNCAGES is designed to advise stakeholders on which aspects of their natural capital are most important for supplying the services they value under their chosen context, using evidence from a systematic search of 780 relevant peer-reviewed journal articles. It can also provide a resource for researchers to identify key gaps in this evidence base.

Flood and drought impacts

  • Manual for Drought Management Drought Declaration Explorer for Maharashtra, India
    The app visualises reconstructed drought declarations in the Maharashtra State, as set out by India’s ‘Manual for Drought Management’ (2016), allowing users to assess sensitivities in the selection of drought indicators.
  • NRFA Trend Explorer
    A portal to explore trends in river flow in the UK directly from the NRFA API, looking at both peak flow and daily mean flow.
  • SUNRISE Flood Estimation for Maharashtra
    A suite of flood frequency and trend estimates for the state of Maharashtra, and examples of PDM modelling in the region.

Soil health

Map of GB and 6 descriptions of habitat matching colour scheme of map
SOil funDamentals (SOD): a web tool for soil health

Sustainable agriculture

  • PREAR Future Rotations Explorer
    Predicted yields of major arable crops across Europe under future climate change.

Water quality and resources

  • Lake Thermal Eco-regions
    The app displays the lake thermal eco-regions across the globe. Within the app, a user can obtain the predicted thermal region for a specific lake location along with the corresponding predicted seasonal temperature pattern and confidence in classification. The confidence in classification is determined by the posterior probability of thermal region membership. The lake location can be specified either by clicking on the map or by entering a set of coordinates.

    In addition, the app enables the user to upload their own time series of in situ lake temperature data to produce a predicted thermal region classification and confidence in the classification.

UK Reconstructed Flow Data Explorer app screenshot
UK Reconstructed Flow Data Explorer screenshot
  • UK Reconstructed Flow Data Explorer
    This app allows users to explore reconstructed daily river flow data for 303 catchments across the UK from 1891 to 2015 produced for the Historic Droughts project and shows the model performance metrics for each catchment and reconstructed flow for each catchment.
  • UK Hydrological Drought Explorer
    This app allows users to explore historic hydrological drought data from 303 catchments across the UK from 1891 to 2015 using the Standardised Streamflow Index (SSI) and for each catchment identifies the 10 most severe events based on a range of characteristic.