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Governance structure

The Partners' Board, which comprises Directors from each of the partner organisations, leads and drives the Partnership, setting the strategic direction.

The Management Group, a group of senior managers from the partner organisations, enables the successful delivery of the Partnership, including oversight of the ESSP programme and its progress, management of opportunities and risks, and ensuring that suitable mechanisms are in place for the partnership to succeed.

The ESSP Core Team collectively delivers the partnership’s annual operating plan, leading or providing support to ESSP project activities as required (see What We Do and Case Studies).

ESSP Partners

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The British Geological Survey offers expertise in mobile application development, the provision of environmental datasets and expertise in resilience, construction and environmental change. The BGS is continually striving to advance understanding of the structure, properties and processes of the solid earth system through surveys, monitoring and research.

The BGS is part of NERC and is its principal supplier of national capability in geoscience. As a public sector organisation we are responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.

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The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focussing on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. We are a NERC Research Centre having over 425 researchers and students at sites in England, Scotland and Wales. CEH integrates observation systems and curiosity driven research, ranging from the smallest scale of genetic diversity to large-scale, whole-Earth systems, and works across disciplines, facilitating academic-, public-, private- and voluntary-sector partnerships. CEH’s extensive, long-term monitoring, analysis and modelling deliver UK and global environmental data, providing early warnings of change and sustainable management solutions for our land and freshwaters.

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The Environment Agency was established to protect and improve the environment and to contribute to sustainable development. We're an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

As an organisation, our overall aim is to 'Create a better place for people and wildlife'. But we can't do this on our own; we need our customers, communities, key stakeholders and other European counterparts to help us. We take part in a number of partnership initiatives where we work with other organisations, make a contribution towards activities being undertaken by others and/or secure funds from an external body towards the cost of specific activities.

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As a world-leading weather and climate service, the Met Office works closely with governments, individuals and organisations to share our expert scientific knowledge and advice. We are available 24/7 to help people make wise choices that can make the difference between profit or loss, and even life or death. Our operational services are based on the reputation and understanding of our scientists and our close links with partners, like those in the ESSP. Importantly we strive to increase the availability of our forecasts and information across mobile, web and broadcast platforms, both at home and abroad.

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Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is the UK’s leading public funder of environmental science. We invest in excellent research, postgraduate training and innovation in universities and research centres, and fund UK research capability including ships, aircraft, data centres and research facilities.

We provide knowledge, skills and technology and work in partnership – with other research funders and with business, government and civil society – to address the challenges and opportunities of managing the environment. We help our partners find and apply existing scientific knowledge, and co-design and co-deliver new environmental science to address business and policy needs.

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Ordnance Survey is Great Britain's national mapping authority. We continually refresh the National Geospatial Database and from this produce digital mapping products that we licence for business, administrative and educational use and leisure maps and consumer services that we sell to the public.

We are a dynamic, self-financing, Government Department with trading fund status able to invest in initiatives like ESSP that seek to underpin the objectives of government and that will generate new business opportunities that ensure commercial returns.


November 2016 Newsletter
DataSpring is an API Management System jointly developed by the ESSP. DataSpring provides a single sign on, one stop shop for direct access to trusted environmental data from the authoritative sources across ESSP and beyond

May 2016 Newsletter
Demonstrating DataSpring at our first Preview event held in March. Bringing together a small group of software developers for a hands–on, creative day using our live prototype service. Contact us if you would like to be involved

Autumn 2015 Newsletter
Introducing DataSpring; Connected data for a connected environment; Working together; Open Government Licence; What do you think?; Here to help

Spring 2015 Newsletter
DataSpring; OpenViewer; Collaborating on Licensing Agreements and Technical Solutions; Engagement; We need your help

Autumn 2014 Newsletter Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed; Hello from the Head of ESSP; Data that’s easy to use; Potential users of our data services; Resilience Pilot Project; Construction Pilot Project; We need your help

Spring 2014 Newsletter
Data, Data, Data; Collaborating on technical solutions and licensing agreements; Engagement; Formats and standards; ESSP is different from...; We need your help