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Latest press releases from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
High-tech data confirm record poor harvest after year of extreme weather
Scientific data confirm British farmers’ fears that this is the worst harvest for at least 25 years, following a year of extreme weather. Analyses by...
New research will improve early warning of devastating megastorms
Research led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will make it easier to predict the path of some of the world’s most powerful storms, enabling communities to better protect themselves from severe flooding.
Almost 2 million acres of GB grassland lost as woodland and urban areas expand
A major loss of grassland and significant increases in urbanisation and woodland in Great Britain have been revealed in a new scientific analysis of land cover changes between 1990 and 2015 by the UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).
Work begins on UK system for estimating COVID-19 cases from wastewater
Scientists will develop a standardised UK-wide system for detecting coronavirus in wastewater, in order to provide an early warning of future outbreaks and reduce reliance on costly testing of large populations. The programme will be led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and involve researchers from several universities
Scientists warn of increasing threats posed by invasive alien species
In a new study, scientists from around the world warn that the threats posed by invasive alien species are increasing. They say that urgent action is...
Scientists predict increase in harmful blue-green algae this year
The UK’s exceptionally warm spring may lead to an increase in blue-green algal blooms, say ecologists from the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).
AI system could identify roadside invasive species
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Keen AI are developing a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can quickly survey large and inconvenient areas for invasive and potentially damaging plant species. It is a 10-month pilot project that has received funding from Innovate UK.
Free online tool will enable farmers to deliver environmental benefits
The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has developed the new Environmental Planner tool (E-Planner). This will enable farmers to deliver environmental improvements and potentially attract payments for providing ‘public money for public goods’ under the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme.
London’s CO2 emissions cut by almost 60% during lockdown
Measurements by scientists at UKCEH and the University of Reading have shown carbon dioxide emissions in London have reduced by almost 60 per cent during the COVID-19 lockdown.
World-first system forecasts warming of lakes globally
Research led by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has devised the first system that classifies lakes globally, placing each of them in one of nine ‘thermal regions’. The study has been published in Nature Communications.