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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.


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...


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).


High microplastic levels in soil can halve worm fertility

Microplastics in soil may not affect worms’ survival, but at high concentrations they can reduce fertility by up to 50 percent, new research by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology shows.


Greater R and I would protect businesses and our natural world

A set of four new reports identifies the range of research and innovation (R&I) needs of key UK business sectors, to enable them to measure and...


We must wake up to devastating impact of nitrogen, say scientists

More than 190 top international scientists are calling on the world to take urgent action on nitrogen pollution, to tackle the widespread harm it is...


​Urbanisation costs Edinburgh over 11 hectares of green land each year

Edinburgh is losing the equivalent of around 15 football pitches of green land each year, much of which is due to private garden areas being paved...