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.

UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Formation2000 (2000)
Legal statusNot-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status
PurposeEnvironmental science for a world where people and nature prosper
HeadquartersWallingford, Oxfordshire, U.K.
Region served
United Kingdom
Executive Director
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.

Notable people

See also

  • OpenMI Standard · UKCEH is the lead organisation for the Open Modelling Interface standard.


  1. "How CEH operates", Centre for Ecology & Hydrology website, Natural Environment Research Council, archived from the original on 19 March 2015, retrieved 18 March 2015

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