Department of Biological Sciences, University of Essex
Over the last 30 years the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Essex has built up a substantial volume of knowledge about the Colne estuary, its biology, ecology and physiology, as well as more recent work about the socio-economic value of the estuary. The Department also utilises the estuary and its habitats in the teaching of its degree programs.
However, although the majority of this research has been published in respected peer-reviewed scientific journals, the majority of this work is not currently easily available and accessible to stakeholders of the estuary, including those with the responsibility to manage the estuary. The Colne Estuary Partnership GIS database will provide a central point for the collation and dissemination of this information, to the benefit of those organisations and stakeholders involved in the estuary.
The university has carried out research into many aspects of the estuary including the cycling of nutrients, pollution, ecology of saltmarshes, invertebrate communities, birds, bacteria and viruses, the flora and fauna as well as many other aspects of estuarine processes. Follow link for a full list of publications relating to the Colne estuary and surrounding habitats.