In December 2019, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology became independent from the Natural Environment Research Council and its parent organisation UK Research and Innovation, and was re-named the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH). We are an independent Company Limited by guarantee with charitable status.
Humans depend on nature and are changing nature. At the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, we seek to understand the environment, how it sustains life, and the human impact on it – so that together, people and nature can prosper.
We have a long history of investigating, monitoring and modelling environmental change. Our 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 we work.
Our research extends from molecular biology to global climate modelling, and we carry out fieldwork across the world, from the semi-arid West African Sahel to the rainforests of South East Asia. Our focus is on mitigating and building resilience to climate change, preventing and reducing pollution, and creating sustainable ecosystems.
We believe that the best solutions are co-designed and co-delivered, and our partnerships cross borders, sectors and disciplines. We are a strategic delivery partner for the Natural Environment Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.
We carry out excellent environmental science that is relevant to society's needs, with a positive impact. Wherever we work in the world, our research and innovation will make a difference - to knowledge, to nature, to livelihoods and to national economies.