Dr Sabine Reinsch, a soil ecologist based at our Bangor site, tells us more about a visit by NERC Council, which is NERC's top level decision-making body...

Members of the NERC Council visited the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) at the Environment Centre Wales (ECW) in Bangor recently to experience the wide-ranging environmental research that takes place on site. CEH staff with colleagues from Bangor University, who share the ECW site, showcased projects across three themes: Science into Policy, Sustainable Land Management and the Land-Sea Interface, from Wales to global scales.

The NERC board members, including chief executive Duncan Wingham, were welcomed by CEH Director Prof Mark Bailey and CEH Science Area Head for Soils and Land Use, Prof Bridget Emmett, who is based at Bangor They toured the building with CEH staff, experienced the lab facilities and the open plan office area.

(Staff) showcased projects across three themes: Science into Policy, Sustainable Land Management and the Land-Sea Interface, from Wales to global scales

Posters profiled the specialisms of CEH staff at Bangor and ECW as a centre of excellence for ecosystem science working across the land-sea interface (Picture 1). The visitors enjoyed demonstrations of coupled land-sea models, effects of ozone on important African food crops and a virtual reality tour of our climate change field site which has been running for nearly 20 years (Picture 2). A talk by Prof Jack Cosby emphasised the challenges and opportunities we have as an island nation to sustainably manage our coastal areas.

The event, on September 26th, was held in the award-winning ECW green building housing CEH and Bangor University staff (Picture 3).

CEH staff and NERC Council members in discussion at the poster board displays

Picture 1: Engaged discussions between CEH staff and NERC board members at the poster displays highlighting the Land-Sea interface science topic.

In discussion in front of a poster display while holding a VR headset

Picture 2: Poster displays and a virtual reality tour to our long-term climate change field site were displayed in the CEH Bangor laboratory facilities.

Looking down on a group of people in discussion

Picture 3: Introduction to the Science into Policy work carried out at the award-winning ECW building.

Sabine Reinsch

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