Physical environment: key data sources

The website Scotland's Environment, aims to bring available information on Scotand's environment together in one place. The site includes trends and indicators to help understand Scotland's environment, a library of relevant publications and a host of other resources.

The Scottish Government's Scottish Environment Statistics Online web pages include data for a range of environmental topics (e.g. climate change, air quality, noise pollution, water, waste & recycling, radioactivity, land). Tables can be created online or downloaded as Excel spreadsheets.

Greenspace Scotland make a range of resources available including:

Scotland’s Greenspace Map. This is an innovative GIS based map which provides comprehensive information on the location, extent and type of greenspace across all of Scotland’s urban settlements (i.e. towns and cities with a population of 3,000 or more). The map was compiled from greenspace data provided by all 32 Scottish Councils.

Scotland's People and Nature Survey (SPANS), a survey of how people use, vaue and enjoy the natural environment. Commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage with support from Greenspace Scotland and other partners, this survey includes questions on greenspace and builds on earlier greenspace surveys.

The State of Scotland's Greenspace Reports  (produced biennially) draw on both Scotland’s Greenspace Map and the Greenspace Survey to produce summary statistics on the extent and type of urban greenspace in all 32 local authority areas. 

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) website allows access to a range of environmental data sets.

Scottish Statistics hosts a number of environment related indicators including proximity to derelict sites and landfill sites, and air quality.

A range of information relating to neighbourhoods and the environment, including data on greenspace, traffic and transport, perceptions of safety and maintenance, is produced by the Scottish Household Survey.

The Scottish House Condition Survey collates in-depth information on a national sample of over 20,000 dwellings in Scotland. This includes details of properties below tolerable standard, in disrepair, with relevant amenities, as well as information on dampness and condensation, energy efficiency and fuel poverty.  Note that the Scottish House Condition Survey has been incorporated into the Scottish Household Survey from 2012.

The Scottish Government produces data on a set of performance indicators for measuring progres on housing and regeneration outcomes.

Levels of 'cleanliness' of different areas in Scotland can be assessed by means of data collated by Keep Scotland Beautiful's Local Environmental Audit and Management System (LEAMS).

Transport statistics are available from the Transport Scotland website.

Among other topics, some limited data on transport and travel, and environmental factors, are available through the Scottish Government's National Indicators as part of Scotland Performs.

Environmental data are also available within:

European Environment Agency

National atmospheric emissions inventory (NETCEM)

Natural Environmental Research Council

Strathclyde Passenger Transport