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Lowland Catchment Research (LOCAR) - ES0110

The major objective of LOCAR is to undertake detailed, interdisciplinary programmes of integrated hydro-environmental research relating to the input-storage-discharge cycle and in-stream, riparian and wetland habitats within groundwater dominated systems.

To answer the following questions:

1. What are the key hydrological processes controlling surface water-groundwater interactions, the movement of groundwater, and material fluxes in lowland permeable catchments?

2. What are the key physical, chemical and biological processes operating within the valley floor corridor which affect the surface water and groundwater?

3.How do varying flow regimes control in-stream, riparian and wetland habitats?

4. How does land use management impact on lowland catchment hydrology, including both water quantity and quality, and wetland ecology?

5. How can the hydrological, hydrogeological, geomorphological and ecological interactions resulting from natural or anthropogenic changes be predicted using integrated mathematical models?

Project Documents
• Information Leaflet : LOCAR Project   (832k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2003

To: 2004

Cost: £100,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural Environment Research Council
Drinking Water