IEA Partners

The IEA works closely with a wide range of strategic partners from the public and private sectors that span all aspects of the environmental analytics supply chain – from the development of the underlying scientific research through the provision of high performance computing and remote sensing to operational data applications and services.

We are always keen to encourage organisations that see the potential of using data analytics to tackle environmental challenges to become part of our partner network. To find out how your business or organisation could benefit, please contact our Operations Executive, Ali Arkell at

University of Reading – Lead Partner

More than 250 researchers working on Earth Observation, climate science, meteorology, environmental science, cloud computing, data assimilation, informatics, visualisation, environmental modelling, metocean, meteorology, quality assurance in environmental data sets, agriculture, food security, business school, NERC National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO) and National Centre for Atmospheric Science – Climate (NCAS).

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Airbus Defence and Space

Design and manufacture of satellite systems, with business activities covering telecommunications and Earth Observation, range of associated ground infrastructure and space equipment, multisource, multi-resolution optical and radar satellite imagery, geo-information tools and services.

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Agrimetrics Ltd

Agrimetrics’s mission is to be the world’s first Big Data Centre of Excellence for the whole agri-food industry. A not-for-profit company, it is the first of four centres being established as part of the Government’s Agritech Strategy and will support a revolution in the use of data science and modelling across the sector.

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Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East is supporting the growth of a world-leading cluster of innovative farmers, food producers and processors, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs with a shared vision of improving the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture. We bring people together from different spheres of industry and science to turn challenges into business opportunities and facilitate mutually beneficial collaboration.

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BMT Group

BMT is an international design, engineering and risk management consultancy, working principally in the defence, energy and environment, marine risk and insurance, maritime transport and ports and logistics sectors. Its customers are served through a network of international subsidiary companies. BMT develops its intellectual capital through research and new innovations.

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IEA Partner BuroHappold

BuroHappold Engineering

Described by our clients as ‘passionate’, ‘innovative’, ‘collaborative’: BuroHappold Engineering is an independent, international engineering practice that over the last 40 years has become synonymous with the delivery of creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever changing world. Through our global community of driven, world leading engineering professionals we deliver elegant solutions for buildings and cities that seek to address the major problems facing societies today.

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The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) 

A world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH’s extensive, long-term monitoring, analysis and modelling deliver UK and global environmental data, providing early warnings of change and management solutions for our land and freshwaters. CEH is a NERC Research Centre, with over 425 researchers and students based at sites in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Deimos Space UK

Expertise in the development of Earth Observation products and services for agriculture, natural resources management and urban monitoring. Agriculture services include precision farming, crop monitoring (with NDVI, biomass indexes, LAI, etc.), irrigation planning and drought monitoring. Deimos Space UK Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Spanish satellite technology company Elecnor Deimos which has extensive experience in the development of space systems, services and applications for the European Space Agency and many international customers.

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IEA Partners ERM


ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability related services. We have more than 160 offices in over 40 countries employing more than 5,000 people. Over the past three years we have worked for more than 50 per cent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for clients, helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

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Lighthill Risk Network

Knowledge exchange and networking between research base and financial services companies. Facilitate innovation in the financial services sector. Core members include Lloyds, Aon Benfield, Catlin and Guy Carpenter.

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Met Office

World-leading experts in weather forecasting, climate prediction, high performance computing, computational modelling of environmental systems, data processing and assimilation, numerical modelling, satellite applications, e-Infrastructure, earth systems science, ensemble forecasting, climate monitoring.

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Microsoft UK & Microsoft Research

Software development, communication and collaboration, computational linguistics, computational science, computer systems and networking, education, graphics and multimedia, hardware and devices, information retrieval and management, machine learning and intelligence, security and privacy, cloud computing, data centres to support business to business service.

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National Centre for Earth Observation

A distributed NERC centre providing national strategic capability in Earth Observation with more than 100 scientists across 26 organisations.

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Operator of UK supermarkets and convenience stores, global supply chain management, production data analytics, agri-food expertise and database management.

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Satellite Applications Catapult

A new independent innovation and technology company, developed to foster growth across the UK economy through the exploitation of space. They provide the Climate, Environmental and Monitoring from Space (CEMS) facility which offers easily accessible space-based climate change and EO data, as well as technology expertise, business support services, operational and visualisation facilities and knowledge exchange.

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Science & Technologies Facilities Council

Over 160 researchers in the Scientific Computing Department and the Centre for Environmental Data Archival working on high performance computing, visualisation, cloud computing, big data analytics, petascale data storage, software engineering, computational engineering, data management and data access.

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Telespazio Vega

Satellite systems and applications, ground segment systems for satellite missions, data retrieval and distribution, EO data quality and assurance, visualisation and Earth Observation.

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University of Oxford

More than 50 researchers at the University’s e-Research Centre working on high performance computing, software development, data repositories and data management systems, e-infrastructure, parallel computing, web science, standards and interoperability for e-infrastructure, visual computing. Access to hosting space and digital collaboration facilities.

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University of Surrey

More than 160 researchers working on communication systems research, 5G mobile communication platforms, satellite instrument development, data analytics, pervasive computing, semantic interoperability, future internet, incubation facilities and business services. More than 80 researchers working on advanced multidisciplinary small satellite and space system engineering innovative communications, remote sensing, space science payloads for small satellites; and enabling technologies for low cost space exploitation.

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Affiliate – AIRTO

AIRTO, the Association for Innovation, Research and Technology Organisations, is the foremost membership body for organisations operating in the UK’s innovation, research and technology sector. AIRTO’s members deliver vital innovation and knowledge transfer services.

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Affiliate – Environmental Industries Commission (EIC)

We and our members believe in the need for the UK to achieve high environmental standards in a cost-effective manner. We also believe that the innovative and vibrant UK environmental sector has strong export earnings potential for the UK and can play a role in the much talked about ‘rebalancing’ of the UK economy.

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