Many of our researchers spend their time analysing the range of data sets we collect and maintain, making use of specialist software and statistical methods designed for this purpose.
Students and researchers at Lancaster Environment Centre have access to extensive in-house environmental monitoring and spatial databases, together with subscriptions to large national and international data repositories. Dedicated support staff with expertise in GIS, statistics, modelling, information technology and programming underpin our research and a host of courses are available to provide specialist training in all aspects of data acquisition, processing and analysis. Lancaster Environment Centre has developed and run various custom-built numerical modelling tools, which many of our postgraduate students use as part of their research projects – whether to predict the spread of pollutants or simulate the effects of a flood.
As the longest-established agricultural research station in the world, Rothamsted Research boasts an unparalleled archive of data from its ongoing Long-Term Experiments. We are also pioneers in the use of statistical methods to analyse this kind of data and we continue to offer that capability to our students via our specialist Statistics Department, our Bioinformatics Group, and the series of mathematical models that we have devised such as Rothlime, the Rothamsted Carbon Model, and MOTOR – a system designed to describe the transformations of organic carbon and nitrogen in soil.
Data gathering – via our vast network of monitoring sites – is one of the key activities of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. We boast an array of unique, long-term, national-scale data that underpin the research projects conducted by many of our postgraduates. To make the process of interrogating our data easier, we have created interfaces such as the CEH Environmental Information Platform, the Biological Records Centre, the Environmental Change Network and the National River Flow Archive. To see the full range of data we hold, you can access our CEH Data Catalogue.