Submitted by Alannah Killeen on
Following the release of the SEPA Time Series Data Service, which provides access to Scottish hydrometric data, we have added near real-time river flow data for 267 sites across Scotland to the UK Water Resources Portal. This means that there are now over 900 catchments with near real-time river flow data across England and Scotland, offering increased flexibility and availability of real-time monitoring data.
As well as adding the new Scottish data, there have been a number of other updates, including the addition of more stations in England and several improvements to the design and layout of the Portal.
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The portal is a unique web-based system for tracking the hydrological situation. It offers dynamic, high-resolution, interactive situation monitoring, mapping and plotting and a wide range of variables including rainfall, river flow, groundwater levels and soil moisture measurements. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in the current water resources situation or drought conditions. The primary focus is for water resources and drought applications, but it can also be useful for tracking river flows and soil moisture in real time in order to provide an indication about high flows, as well as low flows.
The portal collates data from a variety of sources, including the Met Office for rainfall data, and the national measuring authorities for river flows and groundwater levels: the Environment Agency (for England), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Department for Infrastructure - Rivers in Northern Ireland. Real-time soil moisture data are provided by UKCEH’s COSMOS-UK network.