UKEOF is the coordinating body across the public sector for the UK's environmental observation community. As such it plays a vital role in improving the coordination of the UK's observational evidence needed to understand and manage the changing natural environment.

As a partnership of public sector organisations with an interest in using and providing evidence from environmental observations, UKEOF is unique in bringing together the main organisations involved in the field. Together they generate and manage in situ and remote environmental observations across the UK.

MissionUKEOF Mosaic - Original

To work collaboratively to maximise the value of the UK's environmental observations


  • To achieve effective partnership working in environmental observations
  • To maximise the benefits of observations to the UK including for science, policy and economic growth.

UKEOF was launched in 2008 to support better communication and sharing of information across the observations community. Representatives from a range of organisations including government, research councils, devolved administrations and agencies work together through UKEOF to achieve its aims. UKEOF also works with the voluntary sector. This collaborative approach helps inform strategic direction in environmental observations and supports the efficient delivery of operational services. UKEOF informs policy, management, science and innovation for environmental and economic benefit.

UKEOF benefits its members by: providing a central source of advice and information; enabling knowledge exchange, collaboration and networking; and helping to reduce duplication of effort.

UKEOF has developed tools to support transparent and evidence-based decisions concerning environmental observations. UKEOF provides a neutral space for organisations to discuss efficiencies and collaborative working. Priority areas for environmental observations have been established where a UK-wide perspective adds value.

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