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09.07.20

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).

02.07.20

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

26.06.20

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...

18.06.20

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).

16.06.20

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.

11.06.20

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.

19.05.20

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.

05.03.20

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.

24.01.20

Assessing risk of chemicals to wildlife is huge challenge that requires a new approach

Computer modelling and long-term ecological monitoring will be essential to assess the environmental risks of the rapidly growing number of chemicals...

29.11.19

Centre for Ecology and Hydrology to become independent on 1 December

We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) will become an independent research institute from 1 December 2019, launching as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We are making a slight amendment to our name, becoming the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).

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