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Centre of Excellence

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

As part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), we provide National Capability based on innovative, independent and interdisciplinary science and long-term environmental monitoring, forming an integral part of NERC's vision and strategy. Working in partnership with the research community, policy-makers, industry and society, we deliver world-class solutions to the most complex environmental challenges facing humankind.

CEH is led by Director Mark J Bailey, supported by the Science Board and Executive Board, with external advice from an Advisory Committee and Science Development Group.

Science Strategy

Our strategy, Meeting the Challenges of Environmental Change, covers the period 2014-19 and sets out three interdependent, major societal and environmental challenges aligned with NERC strategy: securing the value of nature, building resilience to environmental hazards, and managing environmental change.

Science Areas

Our Science Areas will deliver our strategy, underpinned by Monitoring and Observation Systems and Environmental Informatics, through Business and Policy Innovation, and Public Engagement. This approach will make our researchers and science more accessible, enabling us to define, develop and deliver integrated research in partnership.

Examples of CEH research and related activities