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Water Topic 1
Variability and change in water systems
Water Topic 1 (WA-1) addresses the detection and attribution of system responses to environmental drivers – monitoring and modelling over the longer term and larger scales including analysis of uncertainty
The science of Topic WA-1 is delivered through four inter-related areas of research:
The focus of these four research areas is to:
1. Maintain and improve our monitoring capability for key variables at sites of national importance.
2. Identify trends and patterns, both in central tendency and variability of key descriptors of the physical, chemical and biological condition of rivers and lakes.
3. Maintain and disseminate consistent data and methodologies for the application of scenarios of climate and land cover change, and assessing the robustness and uncertainty of models to predict beyond the range of historical data.
4. Develop, and support the implementation of, a framework for the management of data within the Water Programme (in collaboration with, and with the support of, the Environmental Information Data Centre – EIDC).
External support and collaboration
Topic WA-1 undertakes a broad range of research which is supported by numerous stakeholders. These range from members of the public through to agencies and governmental bodies such as Natural England, the Environment Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the National Biodiversity Network and the European Union.
Areas of research
Areas of research relevant to Topic WA-1 include:
Collaborative research projects
Topic WA-1 participates in many collaborative projects. Examples include:
National Capability activity
National Capability activity within Topic WA-1 includes: