This post focuses on our Pollution & Environmental Risk Science Area led by Professor Richard Shore. Through this area, CEH will provide scientific evidence and risk assessment for sustainable management of chemicals while protecting people and the environment.
Chemicals include pharmaceuticals, radionuclides, macronutrients, trace elements and organic and inorganic pollutants. The development, manufacture and use of chemicals contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy per annum, yet they can have hazardous properties that pose risks to human health, food production and the environment.
|Solardomes at CEH's Bangor research site: state-of-the-art exposure|
facilities to study the impacts of ozone on a range of plant species.
CEH research objectives include short and long-term monitoring to quantify concentrations, pools, fluxes and impacts of key environmental pollutants.
‘Down the drain’ chemicals – how exposed are the world’s rivers? New blog post http://t.co/L7AzB4hD3i #pollution #environment
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) February 6, 2014
We study pollutant transport, fate, exposure, effects to discover or predict impact on organisms, human health, ecosystems and their services. We aim to reduce uncertainty with which we predict environmental dynamics, bioavailability and impacts of environmental pollutants, improve hazard screening and risk assessment processes for current and emerging technologies and provide training, tools and approaches for the more realistic assessment of environmental exposure concentrations and risks from manufactured nanomaterials.
@CEHScienceNews Claus Svendson #NanoFATEproject @unibirmingham overseeing @QualityNano training school on dosing nanoparticles into soil.
— Iseult Lynch (@iseult5) March 7, 2014
CORDIS spotlight on nanoparticles' imperceptible effects http://t.co/ehmhD1FCD0 related to project work carried out at CEH
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) October 4, 2013
CEH runs the Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme, a long-term, national monitoring scheme that quantifies the concentrations of contaminants in the livers and eggs of selected species of predatory and fish-eating birds in Britain. We monitor the levels of contaminants to determine how and why they vary between species and regions, how they are changing over time, and the effects that they may have on individual birds and on their populations.
Here's our co-paper showing elevated PBDE + PCBs in urban v rural dippers http://t.co/oKuYk3gEZL @CEHScienceNews pic.twitter.com/A9VUXDP1Le
— Steve Ormerod (@SteveOrmerod) July 22, 2013
Sparrowhawk study suggests why PBDE contaminant levels vary - http://t.co/10mTl3x7qq in Science for Env Policy @SfEP
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) July 5, 2013
The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme is also a part of the WILDCOMS collaborative network, formed between the various UK surveillance schemes that monitor disease and contaminants in vertebrate wildlife.
WILDCOMS UK surveillance schemes network monitoring disease & contaminants in vertebrate wildlife: Annual Report http://t.co/XxtREEYfIJ
— CEH Science News (@CEHScienceNews) January 28, 2014
CEH also has a well-established international reputation in radioecology research, the study of the behaviour of radioactive elements in the environment and measuring exposure to radiation of humans and other organisms.
Read more about our Pollution & Environmental Risk Science Area, including a Science Area Summary [PDF], on the CEH website.
CEH Science Strategy 2014-2019
Staff page of Professor Richard Shore, Pollution & Environmental Risk Science Area Lead