The National Hydrological Monitoring Programme is operated by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), the UK’s centre for excellence for research in land and freshwater environmental sciences, in collaboration with the British Hydrological Society (BHS) which promotes all aspects of of hydrology – the scientific study and practical applications of the movement, distribution and quality of freshwater in the environment. The programme is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The National Hydrological Monitoring Programme was established in 1988 with the aim of documenting major contemporary hydrological events and identifying and interpreting long-term hydrological change and variability.
The programme routinely produces a series of reports, which can be found here:
- Hydrological Summary for the UK– monthly reports
- UK Hydrological Bulletins– quarterly reports, beginning in 2011
- Hydrological Review of the Year– annual reports, from 1981-2010
- Analyses and assessments of key hydrological events– occasional reports
The most recent publication details the winter flooding of 2015-16, from a hydrological and meteorological perspective, including the impacts of storms Desmond and Eva.
2015-16 Winter Floods Report
Marsh, T.J.1, Kirby, C.2, Muchan, K.1, Barker, L.1, Henderson, E.2 and Hannaford, J.1 2016. The winter floods of 2015/2016 in the UK – a review. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, UK. 37 pages.