To demonstrate how it is possible to map, model and monitor a variety of indicators using our Data Services, we have introduced this 'Demonstrator', a site where it is possible to view and interact with examples of what can be achieved. We have chosen two areas within the UK which offer diverse environments and land-management activities. The initial maps you can see on this site have been created by combining our Data Services products with other freely available open data, using open source GIS software. All the maps shown here are free to download under an open licence, once you have registered for a free Data Services account. The two areas are described below.
Dyfi Biosphere Reserve
The Dyfi Biosphere Reserve (DBR), in Wales, is part of the Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Biosphere reserves inspire communities to work together, connecting people with nature and cultural heritage, while strengthening the local economy. They are sites recognised under MAB as promoting innovative approaches to sustainable development and cross-discipline scientific research. The DBR measures 840 km2, of which 90% is land and 9% is sea. It is home to over 26,000 people and includes part of Snowdonia National Park.
King's Lynn and West Norfolk is a local government district and borough in Norfolk, England, with a population of approximately 147,000 people. The majority of the area lies within the lower catchment reach of the River Great Ouse. This river has been important both for drainage and navigation for centuries. The area includes some of the Norfolk Coast - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is home to distinctive geological and geophysical features, and rare wildlife and habitats. Agriculture is a major industry, and the climate, landscape and soils are ideally suited for growing wheat, barley and other similar crops.