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  • Research and consultancy to preserve water environments

    Ecosystems and ecology
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Ecosystems and ecology
  • Ecosystems and ecology

Ecosystems and ecology

HR Wallingford carries out ecological research, modelling and assessment of potential impacts of natural and human induced change on the marine and freshwater environment. We interpret the consequences of change and provide management advice, informed by an ecosystems approach.

Ecological modelling

We understand the process interactions between water flows, sediments, water quality and ecology that lie at the heart of an ecosystems approach. We combine predictive models of hydraulics, sediments and chemistry with ecological models for use in river, estuary, coastal and marine studies. 

Our tools are supported by the latest scientific evidence and are used to inform environmental impact assessment (EIA). We invest in new research in ecological modelling, both in partnership with universities and in our own projects. 

Biodiversity and conservation

HR Wallingford delivers science and policy support to help you meet the evolving requirements of conservation policy and legislation.

Climate change impacts

We have developed and implemented methods for vulnerability, risk and impact assessment to consider the effect of climate change on the natural environment. Our approaches provide structured assessment frameworks and leading-edge risk modelling.

Conservation

We support conservation activities through our work on catchment management, ‘Habitats Regulations Assessment’, marine and coastal zone management, integrated water resource planning and land management planning.

Ecosystem management

We provide advice to support management decisions that influence ecology and ecosystems. This builds on our strong understanding of the interactions between the natural and the human environment.

Ecological impacts

We research and assess the impacts that natural and human pressures have on ecosystems. This requires a clear understanding of:

Ecosystems and socio-economics

We recognise that ecosystems provide valuable services and benefits for society. The social and economic implications of changes in the natural environment are important to consider in the short and long term. We provide analysis and interpretation of the social and economic costs and benefits of strategies and projects.

Sustainable development

HR Wallingford understands the implications of sustainable development throughout our work. We provide policy and project-level expertise that supports the protection of ecosystems now and for future generations.

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We interpret the consequences of change for marine and freshwater environments and provide management advice that is informed by an ecosystems approach.

We interpret the consequences of change for marine and freshwater environments and provide management advice that is informed by an ecosystems approach.

Contact

Tom Matthewson

Tom Matthewson

Business Manager

+44 (0)1491 822474

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Katherine Harris

Katherine Harris

Environmental Consultant

+44 (0)1491 822354

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Valerie Houlden

Valerie Houlden

Principal Scientist

+44 (0)1491 822418

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Project information

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