Environmental Intelligence

Environmental Intelligence aligns recent advances in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with the explosion in environmentally related data. This combination offers students and researchers an exceptional opportunity to transform our understanding of the complex interactions between the environment, climate, natural ecosystems, and the human social and economic systems of our world.

Environmental Intelligence at Exeter  

Exeter has a truly collaborative and inter-disciplinary research environment and is is spearheading the use of Data Science and AI in enhancing society’s resilience to climate change. It brings together expertise and strengths from over 250 people working in environmental and sustainability research from institutes and centres across the University, together with the scientists and engineers from our research partners the Met Office.


Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)

The IDSAI is the focus for the University’s partnership with the Alan Turing Institute, that provides a gateway to national and international expertise and collaboration in Data Science and AI. 

Global Systems Institute (GSI)

Applying Earth system science to generating networked solutions. The aim of the GSI is to work with others to secure a flourishing future for humanity as an integral part of a life-sustaining Earth system.

Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI)

The ESI is a interdisciplinary and collaborative centre that is leading cutting-edge research into our planets biggest challenges. It is based on the University's Penryn Campus, in Cornwall.



Established by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Exeter, the research centre’s mission is to provide sustainable solutions to ensure resilience in the face of the evolving interactions between ourselves and our environment.

Informatics Lab

The Met Office Informatics Lab combines scientists, technologists and designers to make environmental science and data useful. Building prototypes with new technologies to push the boundaries of science, technology and design. 


The South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) helps deliver economic and community benefits to the South West by bringing academic experts, businesses and policy makers together to manage the  environment.   

Exeter Marine

World-leading researchers are committed to understanding all aspects of the marine environment - which is critical to our health and wellbeing.  Working collaboratively with industry, policymakers and conservation agencies to deliver innovative solutions to real world problems.

Centre for Doctoral Training

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures, led by Professor Gavin Shaddick, trains the next generation of researchers. It was funded by a £5.2 million investment from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).