By 2050 there will be an estimated 9.6 billion people on the planet. To feed that many people, we will have to produce nearly twice as much food as we do now. Doing this sustainably, in an efficient, nature-friendly way, is a great challenge.

CEH's long history of research into the wide-ranging impacts of agriculture on the environment feeds into addressing this challenge. Our research ranges from the effects of pesticides on bees, to fertilisers' effect on water quality, to plants' response to nitrogen pollution.

CEH's work on agriculture


Research Facilities

Land Cover Map 2015 coming soon text
The latest land cover information for the UK
Detail from Land Cover plus Crops Map 2015 showing crop types
Digital mapping of arable cropping on an annual basis
Northern Ireland in Land Cover Map 2007
Land cover information for the whole of the UK
Microscopic life in soil
How can soil health be better measured and managed?
COSMOS station at University of Lincoln's Riseholme campus
Further developments for the CEH-led COSMOS-UK network
DELTA ammonia and ammonium monitoring system at Forsinard
Air quality monitoring system from CEH
Somerset Levels
Long-term strategies for the UK's largest wetland area
Simulated changes in surface ozone concentration  between 2000 and 2050 as a result of climate and emission changes for RCP4.5
Systematic evaluation of current and future ground-level ozone exposure
Mekedatu, place where the Kaveri River flows through a narrow ravine. (CC BY 2.0) By Renjith Sasidharan
Upscaling local water management interventions to inform larger-scale decision-making in the Cauvery basin, India