CEH played host to a two-day visit by a Director-level delegation from the James Hutton Institute (JHI) on the 10 and 11 November. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the respective working areas of complementation in our expertise, data and knowledge base to enhance and extend collaborations at the UK and international level.
“It is clear that how society manages the landscape to address key challenges, such as food, energy and water security, as well as wider human health and general well-being issues, is something that will be the focus of great scientific effort for many years to come”, commented CEH Director Professor Mark J Bailey.
He continued, “CEH and JHI with their complementary capabilities and sites in England, Wales and Scotland can deliver national and world-leading environmental research. Together we are well positioned to work in partnership with many other national and international organisations in the public, business and third sectors to meet these challenges.”
During the meeting with JHI, a number of potential science areas were explored for future exploitation and presentations were made covering national capability in the terrestrial and freshwater sciences in particular areas of relevance to water and food security. The JHI visitors enjoyed a demonstration CEH’s 3D visualisation suite that integrates land surface, ecological and hydrological data, and were given a tour of the new Chiltern Wing laboratory facilities.
Professor Iain Gordon led the visit and was joined by Bob Ferrier, Colin Campbell and Alison Hester. The JHI was formed in April 2011 by the merger in Scotland of the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and Scottish Crops Research Institute (SCRI). CEH is a public-sector research centre - part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) - which delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.