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Hydrology Data Explorer

This application provides access to Environment Agency open hydrology data, including river flows, river levels, rainfall, groundwater levels and water quality readings for stations throughout England. We designed, built and run the service for the Environment Agency.

We have developed a major revision to the service launched in 2023. This expands the range of measurements (including rainfall, river levels and water quality), expands the number of sampling sites and increases the resolution of most measurement series to 15 minute sampling frequency. In total this represents a thousand-fold increase in data volume with over four billion rows of readings now accessible through the service. This scaling is made possible through our Agora Measurement Store technology.

The move to high resolution time series also enables a cleaner integration of near-real time telemetry and historic time series. New 15 min telemetry data is appended to each time series as it is received. Then, as quality checked data becomes available, the time series is updated to show any corrected data and the quality control state. In this way the most up to date data is always available and users can see from the quality control flags which data has been checked and which is raw unchecked telemetry.

creenshot from the Hydrology Data Explorer showing Midford station and its daily mean flow time series on a white background. The right hand third of the page details the station and its location, including a map. The rest of the page details the time series and a line graph of flow in cubic metres per second against time.
Screenshot – measures and readings at Midford station

For more information about the current data, application, API usage, and for a glossary of terms, please see the Hydrology Data Explorer help page.

Screenshot from the Hydrology Data Explorer showing Midford station and surrounding stations on a map of the Bristol Avon area. The right hand third of the page has map filter and search controls. The rest of the page has a grey basemap of the area, with many blue icons indicating river flow, river level, groundwater level and rainfall sites
Screenshot – Map view with Midford station selected