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Research at the Open University

Using the GPS to locate quadrats in a meadow. Copyright Mike Dodd

We sit within the Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences School at the Open University, where Professor David Gowing (FMP Director) has been researching the eco-hydrology of floodplain meadows since 1992.

Our long-term monitoring research into floodplain meadows helps with conservation and restoration of these habitats. 

Our research includes looking at the impacts of flooding, water regime, climate change and nutrient cycling on floodplain meadows.

Our researchers specialise in:

  • Soil water and nutrients influence on vegetation communities;
  • Habitat restoration and management;
  • Soil carbon storage

A list of Professor Gowing’s published work is available here Open Research On-line: the Open Universities research access facility.