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Here are some apps that can help view and interact with environmental data on your mobile device. Get in touch and let us know about any other useful apps that you would like us to share, please contact us.

 

Air

Air quality in Scotland

Air quality in Scotland

Air quality Scotland keeps you informed about latest and forecast air pollution in your region. Get access to latest and recent data from all monitoring sites in the air pollution monitoring network across Scotland, with a 7 day trend graph, site information and latest data.

Health advice alongside the air pollution forecasts provides you all the need-to-know information to plan your day.

Get notifications via Know & Respond push alerts when elevated pollution levels are forecast for the 6 forecast zones across Scotland.

App produced by Ricardo-AEA, the UK’s leading environmental consultancy, on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Climate

NASA

Images of change

Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet. Both NASA satellites and ground photographers have captured these changes in the form of eye-opening before-and-after images of phenomena ranging from glacial retreat to urbanization. Each image can be viewed side-by-side or with an interactive slider and in context on a world map. Download it for free to your iPhone and iPad to learn about your changing world.

Download on the App Store
NASA

Offset

NASA’s educational game is part-pong, part-resource management and 100 percent retro. The goal is to slow the pace of global warming, and players learn about the global carbon cycle, different carbon sources and ways alternative energy and reforestation can help offset those sources. Take on the challenge if you think you have quick fingers and strong multitasking skills!

Download on the App Store
NASA

Earth-Now

NASA’s “Earth Now” app displays real-time global satellite data of your planet’s vital signs. Great for students, teachers and anyone interested in Earth science, this 3D app can be your go-to source for carbon dioxide conditions, gravity anomalies, ozone levels over Antarctica and more. Download it to your Apple or Android device to keep your eye on the Earth

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
Met Office

Met Office weather application

As the UK’s national meteorological service, the Met Office provides accurate and timely weather warnings and forecast on TV, radio and online. With the Met Office app you can get these UK and worldwide forecasts wherever you go. You can also subscribe to push notifications in the Met Office app, alerting you of any UK national severe weather warnings issued.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Habitat and species

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Rare arable flowers

To help farmers, agronomists and conservationists to identify and record the UK’s most threatened plant species. The rare arable flowers app also provides practical advice on the best way to manage land for these species.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Land

iEnviroWatch

iEnviroWatch

iEnviroWatch allows you to visualise and query environmental information at your local geographical location or geographical area of your interest. Environmental information services are published by the European Environment Agency.

Download on the App Store
British Geological Survey

iGeology

iGeology is a free smartphone app that lets you take a geological map of Britain with you wherever you go to help you learn about the rocks beneath your feet. And with the phone's GPS, you'll know exactly where you are.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
British Geological Survey

iGeology 3D

Discover the geology of Britain in three dimensions! Use your camera to unlock the hidden details beneath your feet by painting geological maps over the landscape.

Android app on Google play
LandPKS

LandCover

LandCover is a simple tool for rapidly recording vegetation cover and structure using a 1 meter or yard stick in a 1/4 hectare (3/5 acre) plot.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
LandPKS

LandInfo

LandInfo makes soil and site characterization fast and easy! This app allows you to enter data about soil texture, topography and easily observable soil properties.​

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
British Geological Survey

mySoil

mySoil gives you access to a comprehensive European soil properties map within a single app. Discover what lies beneath your feet and help us to build a community dataset by submitting your own soil information.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
The James Hutton Institute

Soil carbon app for Scottish farmers

A free, new soil carbon app has been launched to provide farmers with a quick, cost-effective source of information about the organic matter content of their soil.

The app, known as SOCiT (Soil Organic Carbon information), provides information that can help farmers, and others, make better management decisions as a result of improved understanding about the condition and fertility of their soil.

Download on the App Store
The James Hutton Institute

Soil indicators for Scottish soils

SIFSS (Soil indicators for Scottish soils) is an app that allows you to find out what soil type is in your area, to explore the characteristics of around 600 different Scottish soils, to discover the differences in soil characteristics between cultivated and uncultivated soils and to examine a range of key indicators of soil quality.

Download on the App Store
ISRIC World Soil Information

SoilInfo

SoilInfo is an app for mobile devices that allows accessing spatial predictions of soil properties and classes in a simple format i.e. as soil profile depth curve plots or tabular summaries.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

People and the environment

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland

This app is your one-stop shop for information on Scotland’s iconic historic attractions.

Packed with essential information and beautiful imagery for Historic Environment Scotland’s 78 manned properties - including admission price, opening times, facilities and travel - this guide will help you research your next holiday or simply plan a day trip with the kids.

Intuitive and easy to use, the Historic Environment Scotland app allows you to search by region or interest, with best for categories such as ‘families’, ‘gardens’, ‘picnics’ and ‘military history’ to choose from. You can also view all attractions on an interactive map of Scotland.

Not sure where you want to go? The app includes event information, articles and itinerary features, with new content added regularly to provide a source of inspiration. A view of Historic Environment Scotland on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram gives you the latest ‘social buzz’ all in one place.

Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play

 

Water

National Oceanography Centre

anyTide UK

anyTide UK tides is a mobile tidal prediction app that has been created by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NOC is one of NERC's four research centres.

anyTide UK tides provides tidal predictions around the North Western European Shelf, with particular focus on the British Isles. There are two types of tidal predictions in the app:

  • Predictions based on data from tide gauges located at sites around the British Isles
  • Predictions based on computer models developed at NOC, Liverpool. This models the coastline as 1.8km grids and allows tidal predictions at any grid point around the coastline (and in major estuaries)
Download on the App Store
Android app on Google play
SEPA

Scottish river levels

SEPA monitors water level at 392 sites throughout Scotland. This section of the website provides level data for the last few days for around 330 of these stations. Most of the stations are sited on rivers; however data from several tide and loch level recorders are also displayed. Fishermen, canoeists and other river users can use the information on these pages to help with planning their river use.


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