NERC Capital Workshop: Floods and Droughts Resilience

14 November 2019 10am – 4pm
Venue: London, tbc


NERC is inviting individuals to submit expressions of interest to attend a workshop on 14 November 2019 to input into a case for a potential significant capital investment in a world-leading integrated network of long-term catchment observing facilities in the UK.

Building on previous scoping activities, the focus of the workshop will be to provide detail regarding proposed catchment sites and their characteristics, the required sensor and data transfer technologies, and to agree the common infrastructure needed for key baseline measurements to create an integrated system. The workshop will then be asked to identify the additional observations and measurements needed for the different catchment types identified. Following this workshop we may wish to appoint a working group to further advise NERC.

NERC are keen to hear from individuals that have a strong background in this area and have research, industry, or policy/end-user experience.

The aims of the workshop are to:

  • Identify suitable potential catchment sites
  • Define specific investments needed to capture the required observations/measurements that are common across all catchments, and for those that are required for specific catchment types
  • Identify how cutting-edge technology and employing the wide range of sensor technologies now available to connect to and visualise the environment can advance our understanding of catchments
  • Agree priorities for immediate development and suggest a plan for implementation.


Please follow this link to complete the online Expression of Interest Form.

The questions in the form will ask you to outline your area of expertise, your experience in developing innovative or new ideas, your thoughts on observation/measurement priorities and a personal justification for your involvement.

Spaces in this workshop are limited so please be as full in your answers as possible to allow for differentiation. NERC is looking to invite attendees that will have an appropriate expertise balance that spans hydrological research, instrumentation, industry experience and policy alignment. NERC reserves the right to appoint members to the workshop who haven't applied to achieve the balance of representation required.

By submitting your Expression Of Interest you are confirming your ability to attend on the date identified.


The deadline for submitting your Expression Of Interest is 4pm Monday 28 October 2019. Individuals will be notified whether their application to attend will be successful by 1 November 2019.


For further information please contact:

Rachael Foy
01793 411586