Model and map biodiversity: We have developed processes and models to evaluate species distribution, abundance and status, and habitat extent and condition. As part of this work we produce habitat maps based on Earth observation, and have developed species' distribution models.
A vast amount of data on species and habitats are collected across the UK, through numerous monitoring approaches and schemes. These range from information gathered 'in the field' by volunteers, to data obtained from remote sensing technologies.
We bring together understanding of the natural environment and how it functions, with experience in up-to date modelling and analysis techniques to make the best use of monitoring data. By comparing information, both geographically and over time, we can produce maps and generate trends, which demonstrate the status of different elements of biodiversity, and how these are changing. We combine this information with other data sources and our understanding of the pressures on the natural environment and other drivers of change, to assess the impacts of these pressures on biodiversity. Analytical techniques can also enable us to model change where data may be limited; and to forecast future change.
Ultimately the data can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, advice and interventions.
Assess pressures and impacts: We undertake work to understand and evaluate pressures and their potential impacts on the natural environment. Recently our experts have been investigating the impacts of invasive diseases on biodiversity.
Produce indicators: Much of the status and trend information we generate with our partners is published as Official Statistics. it also underpins the information we publish annually as UK Biodiversity Indicators.