About national capability funding
National capability funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) enables UK scientists to deliver world-leading environmental science, meet national strategic needs, and help the Government respond to emergencies. The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) plays a leading role in managing and delivering this capability for the UK.
Our national capability work
CEH, with national capability funding from NERC, carries out environmental monitoring, experiments and modelling for the benefit of the scientific community, government, business and the general public.
Through our national capability work, we generate publicly available environmental datasets on issues ranging from investigating the causes of biodiversity loss to identifying the impacts of pollution, and from forecasting floods to safeguarding soils and carbon stocks.
We provide software and tools to support decision making in areas such as the sustainable intensification of agriculture, the sustainable management of freshwater resources, and environmental regulation.
We also help the UK Government respond to emergencies such as floods, provide a rapid response to requests from Government departments and agencies, and deliver scientific advice to Government departments on a range of policy issues.
National capability research programmes
CEH leads and contributes to national capability research programmes designed to help us to improve our quality of life and grow economies while living within the Earth’s limits.