DEFRA’s vast datasets to be made public

Information on biodiversity, soil, air quality and water are among the 8,000 datasets to be released by DEFRA, including satellite imagery able to spot rogue shipping vessels in marine conservation zones

DEFRA is set to release about 8,000 datasets on subjects such as biodiversity, soils, air quality and water.

Environment secretary Liz Truss made the announcement in June, calling it the single biggest government data giveaway the UK has ever seen.

Real-time air quality and river level readings will be released alongside biodiversity data from the National Biodiversity Network.

DEFRA will also make available imagery from the Copernicus satellite system, a European global monitoring programme that can assess the quality of soils and crops and, according to Truss, “detect live if a ship is acting suspiciously in a marine conservation zone”.

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