How is our planet changing and what are the implications for life on Earth? How can environmental data help us live more sustainably? With our research spanning the oceans, land, atmosphere, magnetosphere and solar system, we are tackling such questions.
The division’s efforts to better understand our planet are far-reaching and exploit a variety of remote observations, including information sourced from sensors on Earth-orbiting satellites.
Rooted in fundamental physics and advanced mathematics, our work ranges from helping farmers and insurers offset agricultural risks from drought and floods through the monitoring of precipitation across Africa to predicting “space weather” with the aim of avoiding disruptions associated with solar storms.
We have strong links with leading meteorological and observational organisations – including the National Centre for Earth Observation, Met Office and European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) – and work closely with international space agencies such as UKSA, ESA, EUMETSAT and NASA.