Essential science for the water industry
The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a world-leading centre for water science. We are home to over 500 environmental scientists, based across our four sites in Bangor, Edinburgh, Lancaster and Wallingford.
A holistic approach to environmental challenges
Our water resources and hydro-climate specialists work with scientists studying pollution, land use, soils and biodiversity to solve complex environmental problems in a holistic way.
Meeting national strategic needs
We play a key role in meeting national strategic needs, for example:
- We provide the industry standard method for assessing flood risk in the UK through the Flood Estimation Handbook.
- We curate the nation’s river flow data and analyse this to provide near real-time information on the state of UK water resources.
- Our Land Cover Map is widely used for assessing past and present land cover across the UK.
- We carry out field monitoring and experimentation, laboratory analysis and predictive modelling to quantify the presence and impact of environmental contaminants.
Our activities provide the state of-the-art environmental data that industries, government agencies and regulators need to manage the UK’s freshwater environment.