We lead or collaborate on scientific projects addressing the biggest environmental challenges. We can draw on decades of data and a range of field sites, as well as our world-leading expertise in diverse areas of environmental science. Examples include investigating water, air and soil quality, effects of radioactivity, pressures on biodiversity and impacts of agricultural practices. Our projects are often delivered in partnership with government bodies, private institutions and non-governmental organisations.

Mekedatu, place where the Kaveri River flows through a narrow ravine. (CC BY 2.0) By Renjith Sasidharan https://www.flickr.com/photos/renjithks/3845336695
Upscaling local water management interventions to inform larger-scale decision-making in the Cauvery basin, India
Saltmarsh transition from dune
Understanding their importance to wildlife, people and the functions they perform
Sand Dunes
Sand dunes: dynamic, diverse, in danger?
Durdle Door by Daniel Hauke
How do we benefit from our coasts?
Digger on a sand dune
Guiding successful restoration in saltmarsh and sand dunes
Sand dunes and landscape
The science behind our unique coastal biodiversity
Borrowdale, Lake District. Photo by Andy Sier
Integrating data, models and scientific knowledge on natural capital to support research and decision-making
Solardomes at the Air Pollution Facility
Ozone and nitrogen pollution impacts on ecosystems, food security and human health in a changing climate – a National Capability programme
HydEOmex project logo
Enhancing hydrological situation monitoring with earth observation
Lucy Hulmes, CEH
Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems - a long-term National Capability programme
eLTER H2020 project logo
Integrated European Long-Term Ecosystem & Socio-Ecological Research Infrastructure
Collecting fish samples
Enabling assessment of chemical contamination in rivers
Historic Droughts project logo
Understanding past drought episodes to develop improved tools for the future
UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme logo
Assessing the status and trends of UK butterfly populations for conservation, research and quality of life
National Plant Monitoring Scheme logo
Providing an annual indication of changes in plant abundance and diversity
A pile of different pills
Determining the environmental drivers of antimicrobial resistance selection, maintenance and transfer in the environment
Valuing Nature Programme logo
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology coordinates the five-year, £6.5m Programme
A national focus for terrestrial and freshwater species recording
nanomaterials nanoFASE2
Determining nanomaterial fate and speciation in the environment
2 surveyors on the GMEP monitoring project
Evaluating Wales' natural resources and the Glastir sustainable land management scheme