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Simon Browning, Principal Scientist, Environment Agency - Science Department

The Environment Agency is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. It's our job to make sure that air, land and water are looked after by everyone in today's society, so that tomorrow's generations inherit a cleaner, healthier world. The Environment Agency Science Department plays a vital role in providing a sound evidence base for our policies and operational work in monitoring, regulating and protecting the environment. Our experienced team of over 200 scientists delivers information, advice, tools, techniques and business efficiencies to help us manage our environment as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Following a brief overview of the Environment Agency and the key duties that we perform there will be a more detailed description of the activities that constitute water quality monitoring and the tools and techniques employed. There will be a description of the challenges and opportunities presented by existing and forthcoming legislation, in particular the Water framework Directive. The Environment Agency has been, and is currently, funding research into the development of bio-sensors for monitoring nutrients in surface waters, and there will be a summary of the ongoing work in that area. Finally there will be an examination of some of the issues governing the successful wider uptake of bio-sensing technologies for more efficient and effective environmental monitoring.

Biography: Simon Browning

Simon Browning is Principal Scientist - Monitoring Developments within the Monitoring and Data Developments Team of the Environment Agency - Science Department. The Monitoring and Data Developments team are responsible for the development and application of innovative environmental monitoring technology or specialist monitoring requirements or investigations. Simon has worked with various types of monitoring technologies for over ten years, and in the last five has been instrumental in starting and managing a number of Science projects aimed at delivering more efficient monitoring tools and techniques to the Environment Agency.