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A strategic programme for NERC Lowland catchment research
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LOCAR approach

Objectives of the Programme

LOCAR's aim was to improve the science needed to support the current and future management of permeable lowland catchments through an integrated and multi-disciplinary experimental and modelling programme. The two principal objectives were to:

  • To develop an improved understanding of hydrological, hydrogeological, geomorphological and ecological interactions within permeable catchment systems, and their associated aquatic habitats, at different spatial and temporal scales and for different land uses.
  • To develop improved modelling, database and GIS tools to inform and support the integrated management of lowland catchment systems.

Approach adopted

Before any of the LOCAR projects were started, scientists set up a series of flagship field sites for long-term monitoring, to provide the necessary data to define natural variability and response to environmental change.

The research teams built strong inter-disciplinary links with each other. This was helped by regular programme meetings with themed break-out session. LOCAR promoted collaboration between universities, research institutes and user groups such as regulators and water utilities.

Our aim is to make sure that LOCAR research outputs are widely disseminated and used to benefit society and the advancement of science. To promote this, we encouraged close collaboration with the user community, through workshops, seminars as well as through the usual media such as publicatins and the web.

Researchers and the user community have access to data through effective data stewardship. More informationon the management of the LOCAR Programme is available on this web site and on the main NERC web site.