In keeping with our world-class reputation, the work conducted by the Environmental Science Research Division is of global significance.
By improving understanding of how the environment works, as well as responds to and recovers from change, we are addressing questions of sustainability and informing international policy and practice relating to food and water security, extreme weather events and pollution.
Our research focuses on the evolution, dynamics and interactions of the environment’s components and on the interplay between people and the environment, in the past, present and future.
We conduct Environmental Science in the widest sense – from analysing important properties off the soil beneath our feet, to glaciers and oceans. Core areas of research include soil science, hydrology, biogeochemistry, terrestrial and marine ecology, remote sensing, meteorology and climate science, as well as landscapes and landforms.
A key aspect of our work is expanding knowledge of the critical zone (parent material-soil-vegetation) and its interactions with the atmosphere, groundwater and surface water.
For specific enquiries, please contact:
Professor Liz Shaw
Research Division Lead
Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 6971
Liz Stephens, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS), has been developing novel statistical techniques to provide forecasting systems that are relevant to decision makers. The goal of this project is to help humanitarian agencies to utilise forecasts more efficiently.
Current projects include:
B. Balan Sarojini, P.A. Stott, E. Black. (June, 2016): Detection and attribution of human influence on regional precipitation. Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2976. A blog post has also been published on the article.
Pepin, N., Bradley, R. S., Diaz, H. F., Caceres, E. B., Forsythe, N., Fowler, H., Greenwood, G., Hashmi, M. Z., Liu, X. D., Miller, J. R., Ning, L., Ohmura, A., Palazzi, E., Rangwala, I., Schöner, W., Severskiy, I.,Shahgedanova, M., Wang, M. B., Williamson , S. N. and Yang , D. Q. (2015) Elevation-dependent warming in mountain regions of the world. Nature Climate Change, 5 (5). pp. 424-430. ISSN 1758-678X doi: 10.1038/NCLIMATE2563
Carson, J. F., Mayle, F. E., Whitney, B. S., Iriarte, J. and Soto, J. D. (2016) Pre-Columbian ring ditch construction and land use on a “chocolate forest island” in the Bolivian Amazon. Journal of Quaternary Science, 31 (4). pp. 337-347. ISSN 0267-8179 doi: 10.1002/jqs.2835
Sizmur, T., Godfrey, A. and O'Driscoll, N. J. (2016)Effects of coastal managed retreat on mercury biogeochemistry. Environmental Pollution, 209. pp. 99-106. ISSN 0269-7491 doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2015.11.016
Punalekar, S., Verhoef, A., Tatarenko, I. V. , van der Tol, C., Macdonald, D. M. J. , Marchant, B., Gerard, F.,White, K. and Gowing, D. (2016) Characterization of a highly biodiverse floodplain meadow using hyperspectral remote sensing within a plant functional trait framework. Remote Sensing, 8 (2). 112. ISSN 2072-42922 doi: 10.3390/rs8020112
Fernández-Romero, M. L., Lozano-García, B., Parras-Alcántara, L., Collins, C. D. and Clark, J. M. (2016) Effects of land management on different forms of soil carbon in olive groves in Mediterranean areas. Land Degradation and Development, 27 (4). pp. 1186-1195. ISSN 1085-3278 doi: 10.1002/ldr.2327