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National Character Area Profiles – Online Platform & Database

Making a wealth of GIS data more accessible
Natural England

Empowering landscape decisions

LUC, in collaboration with Brand New Media, is developing an online platform for National Character Area (NCA) profiles, commissioned by Defra and Natural England.

This platform will provide a central hub for users to access and explore environmental information for all of England's NCAs.

Making landscape data accessible

The platform will transform access to GIS data, empowering local communities and partnerships to make informed decisions regarding landscape management and development projects. 

It will also link to LUC's NCA Landscape Change Atlas, a tool developed for Natural England to monitor the impact of agri-environment schemes on landscapes.

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GIS expertise for informed decision-making

LUC's GIS expertise is being utilised to develop the online platform's infrastructure.

This includes creating a user-friendly interface to seamlessly integrate various environmental datasets specific to each NCA.

Supporting Natural England's work

The project directly supports Natural England's statutory responsibility to conserve and enhance England's landscapes.

The platform will provide valuable evidence to inform their work on landscape character, quality, and resilience.

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