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NERC Freshwater Quality Programme


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have appointed Professor Joseph Holden and Professor Pippa Chapman as Freshwater Quality Champions and leaders of this new programme that will study water quality of UK rivers. The four year NERC programme, titled ‘Understanding changes in quality of UK freshwaters’, aims to:

  • investigate how pollutants enter, leave and interact with rivers and supporting ecosystems
  • determine how the movement of pollutants will be modified with changes in the water cycle
  • create better tools to monitor and measure pollution.

The programme will oversee five different research projects, each focusing on a different aspect of water quality. Each project will be interdisciplinary and bring together a range of experts needed to deliver the integrated and cross sectional research required.

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Our five research projects, each focusing on different aspects of water quality

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NERC Freshwater Quality Programme Webinar - MOT4Rivers project update

Professor Andrew Tyler, University of Stirling presents an update on the MOT4Rivers project, which is one of the five UK...

NERC Freshwater Quality Programme Webinar - PACIFIC project update

Dr Daniel Read, UK Centre of Ecology & Hydrology  presents an update from the PAthways of Chemicals Into Freshwaters and...

NERC Freshwater Quality Programme Webinar - QUANTUM project update

Professor Penny Johnes, University of Bristol  presents an update from the QUANTUM project, which is one of the five UK...

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Top of the Poops - Big Issue article

Prof Pippa Chapman, Champion for the NERC Freshwater Quality Programme has contributed to a feature on water quality in the...

How the UK's rivers are being overlooked and why we need to fix them

The New Scientist interviewed Professor Joseph Holden on the work of the NERC Freshwater Quality Programme. The article published on...

New research will improve the quality of UK rivers

Five new research projects have launched to investigate how pollution impacts UK rivers. The projects form a UK wide Freshwater...

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