UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is a centre for excellence in environmental science across water, land and air. The organisation has a long history of investigating, monitoring and modelling environmental change, and its science makes a difference in the world. The issues that its science addresses include: air pollution, biodiversity, chemical risks in the environment, extreme weather events, droughts, floods, greenhouse gas emissions, soil health, sustainable agriculture, sustainable ecosystems, water quality, and water resources management.
|Legal status||Not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status|
|Purpose||Environmental science for a world where people and nature prosper|
|Headquarters||Wallingford, Oxfordshire, U.K.|
|Professor Mark Bailey|
UKCEH is a strategic delivery partner for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). The institute has four locations: Wallingford (its headquarters), Edinburgh, Lancaster and Bangor.
UKCEH is a member of the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER).
The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology was formed by bringing together four research institutes – the Institute of Hydrology, the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, the Institute of Freshwater Ecology and the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology – in a merger in the year 2000.
Following UK Government approval in 2019, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology became autonomous from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), launching as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status on December 1 that year. At the same time, it also changed its name to the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). The current Executive Director of UKCEH is Professor Mark Bailey, who was appointed to the position on a permanent basis in 2012.
- Mark J. Bailey, current Executive Director
- Lord (Ewen) Cameron, Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Helen Roy, Principal Scientist-Ecologist
- Mark O. Hill, Mathematical ecologist known for developing Hill numbers, a type of diversity index used in ecology, as well as detrended correspondence analysis and two-way indicator species analysis
- OpenMI Standard · UKCEH is the lead organisation for the Open Modelling Interface standard.