The Plynlimon catchments in central Wales are among the most important intensively studied long-term research basins in the UK. Managed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Plynlimon is among the key European and world sites in terms of catchment science - not just for the length of the records gathered (40 years and counting) but crucially because of the breadth of measurements, spanning hydrology and including water chemistry, groundwater studies, geomorphology, ecology and atmospheric science.
The study is now in its fifth decade, and a new article on the CEH Science News blog takes a look at the history behind the establishment of what is one of CEH's most significant scientific experiments, a long-term environmental monitoring project which has evolved and adapted to stay relevant to current problems and scientific needs.
The blog is inspired by a new paper in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers by Dr Mark Robinson, working with former colleagues John Rodda and John Sutcliffe, who played key roles in establishing the Plynlimon field site in the 1960s and 1970s.
View a small selection of archive photos on Flickr.
The full paper reference is: Robinson, M., Rodda, J.C., and Sutcliffe, J.V. (2012), Long-term environmental monitoring in the UK: origins and achievements of the Plynlimon catchment study. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00534.x
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