The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is a public-sector research centre – part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) – which delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.

Located at four sites in England, Scotland and Wales, our National Capability and extensive network of long-term monitoring and experimental field sites support an internationally renowned research capacity.

Our research at The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is aimed at improving understanding of the environment and the processes that support life on Earth. We are particularly interested in the impacts of human activity on the world around us and in developing ready-to-use approaches for achieving environmental sustainability. In partnership we are a major custodian of environmental data, including 89 million records of 40,000 species occurring across Britain and Ireland (through the National Biodiversity Gateway), as well as records of more than 50,000 station years of daily and monthly river flow data, derived from over 1,300 gauging stations throughout the UK (through the National River Flow Archive).

Our robust approach to integrated science both internally and externally includes extensive collaborative research networks such as PEER (the Partnership for European Environmental Research), and AlterNet, as well as projects funded by NERC, BBSRC, UK government departments and industry.

CEH’s Lancaster site is based within the campus of Lancaster University and forms part of the Lancaster Environment Centre. The site was opened in 2004 and has state-of-the-art laboratories, controlled-environment greenhouses and many other research facilities. The research carried out at Lancaster is part of CEH’s wide range of multidisciplinary terrestrial, freshwater and atmospheric science, supported by the Environmental Information Data Centre.

CEH is led by Professor Mark J Bailey. For more information about our science, please visit our website.