Unpicking the impacts of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystems

Our freshwaters are impacted by many types of stressors from nutrient pollution and bankside modifications to water scarcity, floods and climate change, resulting in about 60% of Europe’s lakes and rivers being unacceptably degraded. Here, UKCEH authors Laurence Carvalho, Bryan Spears and Stephen Thackeray discuss a new study that unpicks the effects of these multiple stressors with important implications for the management of European lakes and rivers.

UK Hydrological Status Update – June 2020

Following the wettest February on record, spring 2020 was the sunniest on record and exceptionally dry across much of the country. Low soil moisture and river flows have resulted in impacts on agriculture and the environment, and heightened concerns over water resources. Here we continue our blog post series, helping to put the hydrological situation in a long-term context and consider what may happen next.

UK Hydrological Status Update - May 2020

For 2020 so far, the hydrological situation has been extremely mixed. In February we saw record-breaking rainfall and river flows, and one of the most significant flood events of recent years. Just a couple of months later, after a prolonged period of dry weather, records were broken at the other end of the hydrological spectrum. In the latest in a series of blog posts from our National Hydrological Monitoring Programme, the team considers what has been happening and what may be in store in summer 2020...

"Is not the miracle of the juniper bushes enough?"

This quote is from Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979), directed by Terry Jones. From this funny movie scene to a questionable cure for plague and its central importance for gin, juniper has long been a significant species in our cultural landscape. To celebrate National Juniper Day (15 March) and mark 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health, Flora Donald discusses our changing relationship with juniper and the latest threat it faces in the physical environment... 

Prioritising management of established non-native species on Caribbean UKOTs

Invasive alien species are identified as one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. They are a particularly significant problem for the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) because they comprise mostly small, isolated islands and have high levels of rare and endemic biodiversity.

Professor Helen Roy, a co-chair of the IPBES Invasive alien species assessment, and Dr David Roy, both of the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, were among international experts taking part in workshops on two UKOTs in the Caribbean in January and February 2020...

Warming trend revealed in eight decades of Cumbrian lake temperature records

It is widely accepted that we are experiencing climate change. Though it is challenging to predict its future impacts, we expect to see changes to weather patterns and the frequency of extreme events, melting sea ice, and rising sea levels, all of which pose a threat to human society and ecosystems.

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