Since the 1970s, UKCEH-chaired committees have provided a platform for bringing together the UK's international activities in the field of hydrology and water resources management. At present this committee is the UK Committee for International Hydrology, with its secretariat at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH).

The Committee, chaired by Prof Alan Jenkins (UKCEH Deputy Director), aims to better coordinate UK contributions to international hydrological and water resources management initiatives, by promoting dialogue between organisations, encouraging collaboration and avoiding duplication.

The membership is drawn from a wide range of academic, public and private bodies with a major stake in hydrology and water resources activities, together with UK representatives of international non-governmental organizations and of initiatives within international programmes (see Box 1 for a list of organisations currently represented).


Secretary UKCIH: Prof. Harry Dixon

Chairman UKCIH: Prof. Alan Jenkins

UKCIH Secretariat:
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Through its Secretariat, the UKCIH coordinates the UK input to the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO and the water related activities of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). UKCEH provides UK representation at the IHP Intergovernmental Council and maintains links with the UK’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO and the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Prof. Alan Jenkins acts as the Hydrological Advisor to the UK’s Permanent Representative to WMO (the Met Office).

Get involved

The UK Committee for International Hydrology is always keen to hear from UK hydrologists who are currently / or would like to be involved in the UNESCO International Hydrological Programme or WMO's water related activities. For more information, please contact the Secretariat.

Organisations represented on the UK Committee for International Hydrology

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH)
Department for International Development (DfID)
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
Scottish Government
Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Environment Agency (EA)
Met Office
Department for Transport -  Highways Agency
British Water
British Geological Survey (BGS)
Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW)
British Hydrological Society (BHS)
UK Committee of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS)
International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) British National Chapter
UK National Commission for UNESCO
Centre of Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee (UNESCO Category 2 Centre)
UNESCO Chair in Water Science, University of Birmingham
Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data Programme (FRIEND)
International Sedimentation Initiative (ISI)
IAH Commission on Transboundary Aquifers