The hydrological summary for the UK: national hydrological monitoring programme

Turner, Stephen. 2016 The hydrological summary for the UK: national hydrological monitoring programme. [Poster] In: British Hydrological Society Peter Wolf Early Career Hydrologists' Event, Bristol, 26-27 May 2016. (Unpublished)

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The National Hydrological Monitoring Programme (NHMP) aims to provide a respected and influential review of hydrological conditions across the United Kingdom. The programme is undertaken jointly by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and the British Geographical Survey and aims to conduct a wide range of analysis of National River Flow Archive (NRFA) data in order to document, identify and interpret current and past hydrological conditions. One method the NHMP uses to accomplish its aims is the Hydrological Summary. This is a regular monthly report that describes the preceding month's conditions analysing four main areas; rainfall, river flows, reservoir levels and groundwater. In order to do this a wide range of information and data from a variety of sources needs to be quality and sense checked, analysed and interpreted so it can be summarised into a clear and accessible report. The Summary is used by a variety of academic, commercial, and media audiences as well as appealing to wider public interests. The Summary is deemed to be of use to many decision makers at many levels but is most notably referred to in times of flood and drought. As well as the data being shown in the report, a commentary is produced which examines any notable hydrological events for that period and summarises the national hydrological status in the UK. The poster's aim is to describe the Hydrological Summary production processes, mapping the various data sources, processing, and analysis used in order to produce the report. The outputs of the Hydrological Summary are also discussed in terms of what data is chosen to feature and how the data is condensed into an accessible, and informative report every month.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Poster)
CEH Sections/Science Areas: Rees (from October 2014)
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Date made live: 02 Jun 2016 09:28 +0 (UTC)

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