CEH Science Strategy 2008-2013
Our Science Strategy for 2008-2013, Integrated Science for Our Changing World, addressed some of the most fundamental global environmental problems faced by humankind. It built upon the successful delivery of our previous Science Strategy, Health and Wealth of the Environment, which enabled CEH to gain a leading position in European environmental research.
Science Strategy Challenges
Our strategic aims were embodied in six overarching scientific challenges, which formed a logical sequence beginning with long-term monitoring and experimentation, leading through to process and mechanistic research and ultimately providing solutions.
- Challenge I: Deliver early warnings of environmental change through large-scale, long-term monitoring and experiments.
- Challenge II: Identify processes linking physical and chemical changes in the environment with ecosystem responses.
- Challenge III: Improve predictions of climate change models by incorporating ecological, hydrological and biogeochemical processes.
- Challenge IV: Quantify the impact of environmental change on natural resources.
- Challenge V: Determine the risks of chronic and extreme exposure of ecosystems and human beings to biological, hydrological and chemical threats.
- Challenge VI: Identify strategies and control measures to mitigate impacts of environmental change on ecosystems, ecosystem services and human health.
Through our 2008-2013 strategy, CEH made an essential contribution to the seven Science Themes defined in NERC's Science Strategy 2007-2012, Next Generation Science for Planet Earth: Climate System, Biodiversity, Sustainable Use of Natural Resources, Natural Hazards, Environment, Pollution and Human Health, Earth System Science and Technologies.
Our strategic aims were delivered through interdisciplinary and collaborative projects that brought together the wider research community, policy-makers and practitioners. This integration enabled us to ensure that our research was both relevant and world-class, and that the results had positive impacts on the environment, the economy and our daily lives.
The CEH Delivery Plan 2008-2013 set out the way in which we delivered the Science Strategy challenges.