The HiFreq project consists of 15 full partners, including universities, research institutes and small/medium enterprises. We also have 7 associated partners bringing additional expertise and training opportunities to the project.

Full partners

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives.


Silixa Ltd is the world leading provider of distributed fibre optic sensing solutions for the energy and industrial sectors. Their intelligent distributed acoustic sensor, iDAS measures the true acoustic field by revealing the amplitude, frequency and phase along many kilometres of fibre. iDAS is a new tool for advancing the frontiers of dynamic acoustic sensing and imaging.

RS Hydro Ltd

RS hydro are a leading provider and installer of total solutions for environmental monitoring, specialising in water-based applications. The majority of the Company’s revenue is generated by providing innovative, state-of-the-art, near-real time monitoring and control systems for research institutes, environmental regulators; water companies; power generation, mining, food and other industries. Clients include public and private sector organisations in the UK and worldwide.

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research) is a public organization and the largest fundamental research organization in Europe. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs.

Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. CSIC plays an important role in scientific and technological policy, since it encompasses an area that takes in everything from basic research to the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector.


Naturalea is a company specializing in the restoration of the landscape and pioneer in the implementation of bioengineering techniques in Spain, with over 17 years of experience in the industry and more than 500 projects developed.

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology is a public establishment devoted to applied scientific research and technological development, as well as technology transfer and permanent high-level training. Its activities aim to reinforce the economic fabric of the country through the creation of new technological skills within the CRP – Gabriel Lippmann and by transferring this know-how to companies.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) develops the understanding, sustainable use, and management of our natural resources. The SLU strategy for future research challenges are focused on the (i) sustainable long-term productivity development in forestry and agriculture, (ii) adaptation to climate change and; (iii) meeting a growing need for bio-materials, environmental assessments and education while satisfying environmental and climate requirements as well as societal needs.

Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Germany

The Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, is an independent and interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of knowledge about freshwater ecosystems. Working in close partnership with the scientific community (universities, research institutes), government agencies, as well as the private sector, guarantees the development of innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing freshwater ecosystems and human societies.


The GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is the national research centre for Earth sciences. The GFZ is a founding member of the geoscience platform Geo.X, which unites research and teaching institutes in the Berlin-Potsdam region (University of Potsdam, Free University of Berlin, Technical University of Berlin, Humboldt University, Museum für Naturkunde and GFZ).  The Geo.X consortium provides a platform for coordinating teaching, training, science infrastructure and research among the partner institutes.   The section of hydrology has a strong background in flood risk estimation and hydrological process research with innovative sensing methods.


HydroResearch is a pioneer in using Distributed Temperature sensing for seepage detection in embankment dam. The first installation was made in 1998, together with extensive research concerning method and technology development. The company has a valuable international network thanks to involvement in technical committees within International Commission on Large dams. The company has installed equipment for measurements in almost 100 dams for the power and mining industry, or for environmental purposes. The majority of the installations are in Sweden, but some are in Norway, Finland, Greenland and Canada. Studies and advice for installations have been given to many countries world wide.

UVdyne Limited

UVdyne Ltd is a UK-based start-up, established Feb. 2014, that develops ultraviolet light sensor technologies for monitoring and imaging with a wide range of applications. Our detector technology is based on an interdisciplinary scientific combination of elementary particle physics-derived structures, surface chemistry and condensed matter physics.


isardSAT is a Earth Observation provider specialised on both water and agriculture applications. isardSAT will provide and adapt water level and soil moisture products to be assimilated by project available floods models. This will allow isardSAT to evaluate the added value of these products through the analysis of the performances of the models results.


Evvos S.A. provides a hardware and software platform to connect sensors using LPWA (low power wide area) sub-gigahertz ISM RF connectivity.


SETUR has 20 employers and a specific Research and Development branch since 2007. Specialized in urban engineering, we work in collaborative ways with research laboratories through a partnership with Agrocampus ouest since 2010.

Associated Partners

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Hydrology Program, Dept. Earth and Environmental Science

The hydrology program at New Mexico Tech is one of the largest and strongest programs in hydrology research & education in the US.

Northwestern University, Center for Water Research

The Northwestern Center for Water Research coordinates water research across campus and engages external partners to develop innovative solutions to pressing water challenges.

Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) brings together study of public affairs, environmental science, and policy in one unit.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

NIWA is a Crown Research Institute; a company owned by the New Zealand Crown to undertake scientific research and related activities. NIWA’s mission includes leading New Zealand research in hydrology, water quality, aquatic ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and climate and atmospheric science.

Flinders University

The School of the Environment of the Flinders University is coordinating the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. It is one the biggest and most successful groundwater research groups in the Southern Hemisphere.

The University of Alberta

Utikuma Region Study Area (URSA) is a long-term research projected started in 2000, with the broad goal to increasing our understanding of how climate and landscape characteristics (e.g. geology), influence the susceptibility and recovery of forestland-peatland-aquatic ecosystems. URSA provides the perfect test bed for HiFreq in which the innovative high frequency environmental sensor network technologies and modelling will complement existing networks and help drive our understanding of nonlinear hydrological process dynamics within the Boreal at a range of spatiotemporal scales; from the plot to the landscape, from the rapid response to rainfall events to decadal climatic cycles.

Shinshu University, Mountain Research Institute (SIMRI)

The Shinshu University will host secondments of early career and more established researchers to work for several months on sensor networks in the Japanese Alps to understand better the role of climate change in mountainous regions of Asia and its effect on the physicochemical template in alpine streams.