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Environment Agency Inspire WMS Datasets

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Description: How to view the motherload of environmental spatial data


submit to reddit Posted by David Caldwell on 19/02/14 at 20:27

Inspire Directive

The Inspire European Directive requires governments to publish spatial data which falls under the remit of 34 environmental themes.

Government grants have been issued to allow local authorities to publish datasets but many can be accessed via a WMS server today.  Below I will outline how to view these

ArcMap

In ArcMap open catalogue and then create a new WMS (web mapping service) to the following URL

http://www.geostore.com/OGC/OGCInterface?UID=UDATAGOV2011&PASSWORD=datagov2011&INTERFACE=ENVIRONMENT&LC=0

Quantum GIS

If you don’t have access to ArcMap download the excellent open source Quantum GIS from this link here Quantum GIS.

Install and open Quantum GIS and create a new WMS connection as below

You only need to give it a name and the URL should be the following http://www.geostore.com/OGC/OGCInterface?UID=UDATAGOV2011&PASSWORD=datagov2011&INTERFACE=ENVIRONMENT&LC=0 as below.

Click OK and load some layers, hey presto you have environmental data overload!

One dataset that seems incomplete is the Conservation Area Layer my local council, (Hart DC I’m looking at you) do not have theirs plotted which is a shame and invalidates the integraty of this particular dataset.  

Available Layers

  • 2m Digital Surface Model
  • 2m Digital Terrain Model
  • Administrative Boundaries - Public Face Areas
  • Administrative Boundaries - Public Face Regions
  • Administrative Boundaries - Water Management Areas
  • Administrative Boundaries - Water Management Regions
  • Agricultural Land Classification
  • Agricultural Land Classification Post 1988
  • Ancient Woodlands (England)
  • Aqueduct
  • Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (England)
  • Bathing Waters Quality at Designated Beaches
  • Biosphere Reserves (England)
  • Bridges
  • Canal Centreline
  • Canal Network Junction Points
  • Catchment Abstraction Management Strategy (Reference) Boundaries
  • Coastal Overview Legislation Map
  • Coastal Overview Map
  • Conservation and Enhancement Scheme (CES) Agreements
  • Conservation Areas
  • Country Parks
  • Countryside Stewardship Scheme Agreements
  • Countryside Stewardship Scheme Options
  • CRoW Act 2000 - Access Layer
  • CRoW Act 2000 - Open Access Mapping Areas
  • CROW Act 2000 - S16 Dedicated Land
  • CRoW Act 2000 - S4 Conclusive Registered Common Land
  • Dedicated Woodland
  • Digital River Network
  • Docks
  • Embankments
  • Energy Crops Scheme - First Tranche
  • Energy Crops Scheme - Second Tranche
  • English Woodland Grant Scheme
  • Environmental Stewardship Scheme Agreements
  • Environmental Stewardship Scheme Options
  • Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme Agreements
  • Environmentally Sensitive Area Scheme Options
  • Felling Licence Applications
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (all vessels) 2007
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (all vessels) 2008
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (all vessels) 2009
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (all vessels) 2010
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (all vessels) 2011
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (by Vessel Length) 2007
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (by Vessel Length) 2008
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (by Vessel Length) 2009
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (by Vessel Length) 2010
  • Fish Landings to United Kingdom Ports (by Vessel Length) 2011
  • Fish Recovery Zones
  • Fisheries Area Closures (Juvenille & Real Time)
  • Fishing Activity for ≥ 15m United Kingdom Vessels 2007
  • Fishing Activity for ≥ 15m United Kingdom Vessels 2008
  • Fishing Activity for ≥ 15m United Kingdom Vessels 2009
  • Fishing Activity for ≥ 15m United Kingdom Vessels 2010
  • Fishing Activity for ≥ 15m United Kingdom Vessels 2011
  • Flood Map - Areas Benefiting from Flood Defences
  • Flood Map - Flood Storage Areas
  • Flood Map - Flood Zones 2
  • Flood Map - Flood Zones 3
  • Flood Map - Spatial Flood Defences
  • Flood Warning Areas
  • Forest Planning Grant
  • Historic Flood Map
  • Historic Landfill
  • Lakes, Ponds and Fisheries
  • Limestone Pavement Orders (England)
  • Listed buildings
  • Local Nature Reserves (England)
  • Locks
  • Managed Woodland Indicator
  • Marine Conservation Zones (England)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Aggregate Dredging Licences
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Consents (Line)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Consents (Point)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Consents (Polygon)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Licences (Line)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Licences (Point)
  • Marine Management Organisation Legacy Marine Licences (Polygon)
  • Marine Management Organisation Marine Areas
  • Marine Management Organisation Office Locations
  • Marine Management Organisation Socio-Economic Typologies of Coastal Communities
  • Marine Plan Areas
  • National Character Areas
  • National Nature Reserves (England)
  • National Parks (England)
  • Natural Areas
  • Outfall/Discharge Point
  • Permitted Waste Sites - Authorised Landfill Site Boundaries
  • Priority Habitat Creation and Restoration
  • Priority Habitats Layer (North)
  • Priority Habitats Layer (South)
  • Priority Places for England
  • Protected Wrecks
  • RAMSAR (England)
  • Registered Battlefields
  • Registered Parks and Gardens
  • Reservoirs
  • Saltmarsh Extents
  • Scheduled Monuments
  • Sensitive Area Maps - Bathing Waters
  • Sensitive Area Maps - Eutrophic Coastal Areas
  • Sensitive Area Maps - Eutrophic Lakes
  • Sensitive Area Maps - Eutrophic Rivers
  • Sensitive Area Maps - Nitrates Rivers
  • Sites of Special Scientific Interest (England)
  • Source Protection Zones (Merged)
  • Special Areas of Conservation (England)
  • Special Protection Areas (England)
  • SSSI Unit (England)
  • Standing Approvals for Oil Spill Treatment Products (England and Wales)
  • Statutory (Sealed) Main Rivers
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (all vessels) 2007
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (all vessels) 2008
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (all vessels) 2009
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (all vessels) 2010
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (all vessels) 2011
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (by vessel length) 2007
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (by vessel length) 2008
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (by vessel length) 2009
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (by vessel length) 2010
  • United Kingdom Fish Landings by ICES rectangle (by vessel length) 2011
  • United Kingdom Fishing Vessel Numbers by Home Port 2007-2011
  • WFD - Coastal Waterbodies Cycle 2 (Draft)
  • WFD - Groundwater Waterbodies
  • WFD - Lake Waterbodies
  • WFD - Lake Waterbodies Cycle 2 (Draft)
  • WFD - Management Catchments
  • WFD - River Basin Districts
  • WFD - River Waterbodies
  • WFD - River Waterbody Catchments
  • WFD - Transitional Waterbodies
  • WFD - Transitional Waterbodies Cycle 2 (Draft)
  • Wharves
  • Woodland Grant Scheme 1
  • Woodland Grant Scheme 2
  • Woodland Grant Scheme 3
  • World Heritage Sites
Keywords: Inspire Directive, WMS, Quantum GIS




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