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
Envirobase holds information on over 22,000 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
- 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.
07 November 2012
Envirobase data and Custom mappings updated
During 2012 we have added updated data from BBSRC and from the Environment Agency, and further LWEC accredited activities. All of these, together with all UKEOF activities added between May 2011 and October 2012 inclusive, have been classified on the Envirobase classification scheme (previously called the ERFF Environmental Research Classification Scheme).
We have also added some further custom classification mappings to the database, and have made available via the Custom Search page the scheme recently devised as part of the UK Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy.
23 January 2012
Envirobase site updated - improved search facilities and bug fixes
Today we have updated this website with a large number of detailed improvements and bug-fixes to the
search facilities and downloadable results.
We know not everything is perfect but our top priority now is to update the content of the database,
and we will be concentrating mainly on this during 2012. However, if you notice any serious glitches
please do report them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phoning 01793 411723.
Number of records could be misleading because:
Information about each environmental observation activity and programme is collected and collated by
UK-EOF as a single entity and given a unique ID (to help users identify what are often multi-year, long
term activities). The information will be updated over time if the activity changes, but the ID will
not change. In contrast each research entry relates to a single project or programme funded for a defined
period. A new project with a new ID will be established in the database when a new research project
is commissioned, even where this is follow-on work.
Apparent duplications from funding sources:
Funding to sustain observation programmes may come from several organisations and sources (and these
may vary over time). Furthermore, some organisations fund observations through 'research' budget allocations;
in these cases individual funders may submit information (about their funding contribution to observational
activities) as part of their 'research' submission, and the Lead organisation will also provide information
about the activity to the UK-EOF. A single observational activity or programme may therefore be represented
in Envirobase by one 'UKEOF' entry and also by one or more 'RES' entries representing individual contributions
which have been made via 'research' budget allocations. In other cases research funding may be used
to support investigations which are related to, but separate from, ongoing observation activities. These
may have similar titles and information but are not duplication. Extreme care is therefore needed in
the interpretation of search results.