NERC data policy

NERC has a well-established data policy setting the ground rules for managing data that applies to all those funded by NERC. The data policy details our commitment to support the long-term management of environmental data, and outlines the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in collecting and managing environmental data.

Central to the policy is that NERC-funded scientists must make their data openly available within two years of collection, and deposit it in a NERC data centre for long-term preservation. The aim is that all NERC-funded data are managed and made available for anybody to use without any restrictions.

See NERC’s data policy and guidance notes.

We also recognise that model code and model data produced through NERC-funded research are valuable assets which should be preserved beyond the lifetime of the project. Other researchers can benefit from the outputs of previous NERC-funded research, and it makes the research process more transparent and auditable.

Contact the relevant NERC data centre for guidance on how to preserve model code and model output.

Licensing and charging policy

We have created this policy to be consistent with relevant legislation and government guidance on charging for information, on open data provision and on licensing.

The policy describes how we apply charges for environmental data and information products. It underlines our commitment to apply any charges in a transparent and consistent way.

See the NERC licensing and charging for information policy.

Central to the policy is that NERC will make its environmental data available free of charge apart from special cases that involve third-party data. There may be a charge for information products.

Where there is a charge, the charges and licensing arrangements will be clearly explained, compliant with government legislation and guidance, and applied in a consistent manner.

For more information, contact the NERC data management coordinator at:


Last updated: 31 March 2022

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