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Humans depend on nature and are changing nature. At the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, they seek to understand the environment, how it sustains life, and the human impact on it – so that together, people and nature can prosper.

They have a long history of investigating, monitoring and modelling environmental change. Their 500 scientists provide the data and insights that researchers, governments and businesses need to create a productive, resilient and healthy environment. Scientific curiosity, integrity and transparency are at the heart of how they work.

Their research extends from molecular biology to global climate modelling, and they carry out fieldwork across the world, from the semi-arid West African Sahel to the rainforests of South East Asia. Their focus is on mitigating and building resilience to climate change, preventing and reducing pollution, and creating sustainable ecosystems.

They believe that the best solutions are co-designed and co-delivered, and their partnerships cross borders, sectors and disciplines. Their experts and post graduate students provide the data and understanding that governments, businesses and researchers need to build thriving human and ecological communities.

UKCEH is a well-funded and well-established national research organisation. Their long-term strategic delivery partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation, provides for a significant portion of their approximately £50m turnover. The remainder of their funding derives from a range of sources across the public and private sector. With increasing public and government focus on the environment, the market and organisation is expected to grow substantially in the next few years. They are a strategic delivery partner for the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Research excellence

  • 94% of all their research papers are cited
  • Three quarters of their outputs were rated world leading or internationally excellent
  • 88% of papers were written with co-authors from other organisations


Their science makes a difference, underpinning environmental policies, commercial innovation and conservation action all around the world. For example UKCEH work on:

  • Species monitoring and modelling informs UK, European and global policies on biodiversity, helping to predict and prevent the spread of invasive species;
  • Air pollution work, assists policy makers and environmental agencies around the world to develop clean air strategies;
  • Water resources monitoring and modelling enables governments, businesses and communities around the world to plan for the future;
  • Research into hydro-climate risks improves forecasting of and resilience to extreme weather events, floods and droughts;
  • Soils and land use science prevents and reverses land degradation and informs international standards for greenhouse gas inventories;
  • Agricultural field studies help farmers optimise food production while protecting pollinators.

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