NRFA visit Natural Resource Wales South West Region

NRFA visit NRFA staff Helen Houghton-Carr, Katie Muchan and Nathan Rickards carried out a two day region visit to South West Wales in early October. They had the opportunity to visit a number of gauging stations and hear about recent developments with the hydrometric network in the region. The group met the hydrometry field and data teams from Natural Resource Wales (NRW) discussing current issues such as site modifications and rating development. Such visits allow the NRFA’s Regional Representatives to update their knowledge of current equipment, processes and problems at each site, giving them a better understanding of how the data are measured. This information informs the quality control of data submitted to the archive and allows metadata updates to inform the user community of new and emerging issues which should be considered when analysing NRFA data. The NRFA aims to conduct between 2-4 measuring authority liaison visits a year across the UK’s 24 regional hydrometric data providers. Following the visit to South West Wales, it is hoped that NRW staff will be able to visit the NRFA at CEH’s Wallingford offices and continue talks over station data and the future network plans.