As each calendar year draws to a close, we like to take a look back at the research undertaken by CEH scientists over the last twelve months.
During 2013 this website has covered over 70 news stories from across CEH’s science activity. You can see a list of our top 10 most viewed news stories on our news blog. It's an eclectic mix ranging from a first bumblebees’ eye view of the landscape, the reappearance of a very rare fish, pressures combining to threaten the world’s pollinating insects, tropical forests and global warming, nutrients and food security, puffin counts, and a ladybird recording app.
Our staff and students also contributed to dozens of other projects in the last 12 months. Here are a few highlights:
- We’re currently developing a soil moisture measuring network for the UK
- We've published a major series of reports examing cormorants and fishery impacts across Europe
- Our science made major contributions to two recent climate change report cards on biodiversity and marine impacts in the UK
- In contrast to 2012, the monthly Hydrological Summaries [NEED NEW INTERNAL LINK] for the UK documented a relatively ‘normal’ year for the UK’s water cycle.
- In November we began issuing a forward look Hydrological Outlook for the UK [NEED NEW INTERNAL LINK].
- We’re continuing to make our data more widely available via the CEH Information Gateway [NEED NEW INTERNAL LINK] and in other ways, including this new development with CEH’s Land Cover Maps.
In other news:
- We’ve hosted visits from a wide range of organisations and individuals including the Institute of Physics, the University of the Third Age, Science Minister David Willetts, and two All Party Parliamentary Groups.
- We’ve signed collaborative research agreements with two Chinese Research Institutes and the James Hutton Institute in Scotland.
- Our research and wider impact was independently evaluated and found to be of a high standard.
- We played, and continue to play, a key role in informing national and international environmental policies and protection through bodies such as ACRE, UNESCO, IPBES, IAEA, and the UNEP.
- Our scientists received a number of prestigious awards.
- We celebrated three decades of archiving the UK’s water data.
- 2014 is the Biological Records Centre 50th Anniversary and a number of celebration events are being planned
- We worked with another 80 partners on projects such as Open Farm Sunday, the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme and lake restoration.
Throughout the year our scientists were lead or co-authors on around 400 peer-reviewed papers. These covered a wide range of science areas. Highlights included:
- studies on global temperature patterns and tropical forest carbon, peatlands and seabirds published in Nature and Science.
- a wide range of other papers covering such diverse topics as ladybird parasites, disease and rhododendrons, cattle bacteria, ammonia and biodiversity, bioenergy, and drugs in sewage systems.
You can follow @CEHPaperAlerts on Twitter for the latest information on new peer-reviewed papers. We also publish an irregular series of paperblogs providing roundups of recently published studies involving CEH scientists.
Happy Christmas to all our readers and best wishes for 2014.