The Derwent Data Finder

Supporting the development of an online database collating catchment data

This project will explore whether a collaborative monitoring system could help the Environment Agency and other organisations to reduce costs and to gather more useable information. Focusing on the Yorkshire Derwent, the project will use academic expertise to develop an accessible online metadata database that can point users to a variety of sources of catchment information that they may not even have known existed. This will encourage the sharing and collation of data to address catchment management issues. It will demonstrate whether the data currently collected is helping to address surface water and other catchment management issues, save costs by preventing duplication of effort, and inform future monitoring investments by identifying knowledge gaps.

Building awareness of the research conducted by iCASP university partners and other iCASP partners, in relation to surface water quality, is the first step towards getting the existing research base used.

Without this iCASP project, the Yorkshire Derwent Prototype might struggle to access information on the data that has been gathered by universities across the region, nor explore the relevance of new methods used elsewhere in the UK and internationally.


Environment Agency
University of Leeds
Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership

Project Team

Dr. Paul Kay (project lead), Prof. Lex Comber & Prof. Andrew Nelson – University of Leeds
Dr. Janet Richardson – iCASP Impact Translation Fellow
Dave Barber – Environmental Monitoring Team Yorkshire Area
Duncan Fyfe – Catchment Coordinator for the Derwent – Environment Agency


July 2018 – January 2019


A summary of lessons learnt from the Derwent Data Finder project

If you more detailed outputs from this project would be useful to your catchment partnerships, staff who worked would be happy to share this information. Email us and quote Derwent Data Finder in the subject.

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