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Envirobase is a development of the Environmental Research Database which now includes information about environmental observations collated by the UK Environmental Observation Framework (UK-EOF)

This searches the titles, descriptions and classifications of activities and programmes and the names of people or organisations associated with research or observations using the Simple search with its default options. For more flexible searching, go to the Database search pages.

Envirobase holds information on over 29,000 environmental research and observation activities, programmes and data sources provided by public sector funders and voluntary organisations. It is a public resource from the Living With Environmental Change partnership that will be of particular interest to those engaged in:

  • developing public or corporate policy
  • planning or commissioning future research or observations
  • research or observation work
  • writing about environmental issues

It provides information on what is being done in the UK to understand the natural world and human interaction with it, and to develop solutions to environmental problems.

Envirobase provides, for the first time, a single search tool for finding both research ('RES') and observations ('UKEOF'). This should help users to understand the complex funding and application picture between the two, but please take care when interpreting summarised results because there are some overlaps between research and observation activities.

For searching observational activities only, the UK-EOF Environmental Observation Activity Catalogue is still available.


Autumn 2014

Envirobase Updates ending

Please be aware that Envirobase is in the process of uploading fresh data for EPSRC, NERC and the ESRC. After these updates further partners uploads and system developments will come to a halt and the database will be used as an archived resource. Please refer to about database content for more detailed information regarding to the status of the LWEC partners data and coding classification.

July 2014

Custom Mapping Interface

The LWEC team has developed a custom mapping interface for use by the LWEC Secretariat to assist LWEC's partners in maximising the benefits of Envirobase. A list of existing mapping schemes can be located within the Custom Search section of Envirobase. An example of a Research Landscape developed for the UK FLOOD & COASTAL EROSION RISK MANAGEMENT is also available from the LWEC website.

July 2014

EPSRC Data refreshed

The STFC team has loaded the latest project data supplied by EPSRC  - this is now being “coded”. (Loads of the most recent   NERC project data and ESRC project data will follow soon).

Summer 2014

Envirobase Data Specification

Publication of a data specification so that LWEC partners can submit data for inclusion in Envirobase.

Summer 2014

Regular Data Imports

The STFC team is developing procedures to import the latest project data on a regular basis. It is expected that data supplied by EPSRC will be imported during the Summer, and will be closely followed by NERC project data and then ESRC project data.

December 2013

Envirobase Completely Redeveloped

As a result of a collaboration between the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Living With Environmental Change (LWEC) Envirobase has undergone a complete redevelopment and has now been migrated to servers based at STFC's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory on the Harwell Oxford Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire.

Interests map

The scope of the database includes all of the topics within the coloured areas; topics shown on the borders and just outside the coloured areas are included where they relate to environmental issues. Download a higher resolution version of the Database scope diagram.

Contact us

Envirobase and this website are managed by the Living With Environmental Change database team. We are hosted by the Natural Environment Research Council in Swindon and you can contact us at:

01793 411723

Information on observation activities is from the UK Environmental Observation Catalogue managed by UK-EOF.

01793 411513