The Natural Environment Research Council is a publicly funded organisation established in 1965 that delivers independent, world-class environmental research.
One of the seven Research Councils, with an annual budget of £511m and 2,600 staff, NERC's goal is to address the most pressing environmental issues facing society, tackling major issues such as climate change, environmental influences on human health, the genetic make-up of life on earth and much more.
NERC comprises six major environmental research centres: British Antarctic Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, National Oceanography Centre, National Centre for Atmospheric Science and National Centre for Earth Observation.
Research is often multidisciplinary and spans the marine, polar, atmospheric, geological, terrestrial and freshwater communities in collaboration with national and international partners. NERC runs a fleet of research ships and scientific aircraft, has bases in some of the world's most hostile environments and invests in satellite technology to monitor environmental change on a global scale.
NERC's earth observation satellite capability plays a central role in highlighting atmospheric pollution, sea level rise, ozone depletion, rising sea surface temperatures and changes in land use globally.