Our research

Our core aim is to improve the process-based understanding of land-atmosphere exchange, focusing on emissions, atmospheric transport and chemical transformation, deposition and effects.

We do this by integrating measurements, data, models and new understanding of complex interactions. Our research supports policy development for the mitigation of air pollutants and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

World-class science and innovation

  • Flagship monitoring sites (eg Auchencorth Moss) and national-scale monitoring networks (eg GHG Flux Network) generate long-term, high frequency time series of atmospheric composition change and its key drivers.
  • We develop state-of-the-art process-based models from our measurements and field experiments.
  • Our models quantify the emissions, dispersion and deposition/removal of pollutants from the atmosphere and their environmental fate.
  • We investigate the impact of changes in meteorology and atmospheric composition on the biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling of macro- and micronutrients in natural and managed ecosystems.

Scientific measuring equipment in a field

Science Groups

Our facilities

Fieldwork on the PEATBOG project
Peat bogs 'tougher than we thought' but may still be vulnerable to rapid or extreme environmental change
Welsh climate manipulation experiment
18-year Welsh climate manipulation experiment receives new infrastructure - continuation of long-term climate change research
Theme for 5th Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) to focus on understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology contributes to major report assessing the impact of climate change on UK marine wildlife and environments
Aerial view of an informal settlement, Nairobi CC BY-SA3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_Kibera_04.JPG
Taking forward the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution: pilot to determine air quality drivers for Sub-Saharan Africa (AQD-Nairobi)
Alpha sampler for measuring concentration of ammonia in air
Equipment for long-term monitoring of ammonia and ammonium, acid gases and aerosols