NCEO works with public sector agencies and government to fast-track progress in the use of environmental data alongside Earth Observation satellite technology to assist policymakers. NCEO is working most closely with Defra through support of its EO Centre of Excellence, DECC on climate data for EO, and the UK Space Agency/BIS in respect of the space sector and metrology programmes.
The public sector use of Earth observation data is large and increasing, for a range of environmental services, from weather forecasting to analysis of atmospheric composition to forestry and land use change. NCEO is playing a proactive role assisting policymakers and their agencies in their use of Earth observation for a range of outcomes:
- Evidence-based policymaking for environmental decision-making;
- Developing monitoring to evaluate and deliver policy goals;
- Rapid response to major environmental events
NCEO has supported government in obtaining expert inputs on key sectors such as agriculture, organising workshops on Earth observation applications, and understanding international initiatives to use EO data.