School of Engineering

Our Resources


Field Sites

We have a range of cutting-edge resources to support our world class research and teaching.

Instrumentation and collecting representative data is vital. It leads to innovation and the development of system understanding across catchments in both rural and urban environments.

We have extensive expertise in designing and instrumenting catchments and urban environments. Our instrumented sites enable us to understand:

  • river flows
  • floods
  • groundwater
  • water quality
  • general hydrological processes

We have catchment wide studies in Belford, Eden, and Tyne in the UK.

Abroad, we have deployed equipment in Ethiopia and other parts of the Nile Basin, Iwokrama (Guyana), and Palestine.

We also co-lead the design and deployment of the Urban Observatory, the UK’s largest network of sensors and open data in the urban environment. It looks at water, infrastructure, air quality, biodiversity and other factors.

Our instrumented sites in Northern England include the following.

Urban Observatory: Sensors on Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne

Labs and Facilities

Our state-of-the-art facilities enable us to carry out world class research.

Some of our facilities are multidisciplinary spaces that promote co-evolution of research. They are available to staff and students.


The high quality data that we collect is at the heart of our innovative research.

The water group collects, generates, stores and uses enormous volumes of environmental data. This includes data from: 

  • catchment studies
  • continuous monitoring
  • collation of global datasets

We have established catchment-scale networks projects, including rain gauges and flow meters.

We have permanent deployments in and around Newcastle itself. The Urban Observatory operates an X-band rainfall radar and multi-million pound real-time sensor network. We work with communities to monitor their local environment.

At a larger scale, our research is collating a global sub-daily rainfall dataset. We are producing extreme rainfall indices which describe rainfall patterns around the world.

We work with colleagues in Geomatics. Together, we generate and use remote sensing and geographical data. We collect this data using satellite and airborne platforms including UAVs.

Data we collect/generate

Blue and green numbers representing data.