School of GeoSciences


Collaboration between GeoScience's Stuart Gilfillan (SCCS) and two Canadian partners to fingerprint carbon

Ancient rocks embedded in the West Antarctic ice sheet could help scientists improve predictions of rising sea levels.

Researchers will use sensor technology and chemical analysis to measure (...)

Results from a study investigating links between surface melt and the movement of the Greenland Ice Sheet were published online in the journal Nature on 26 January 2011.

Lessons on the risks and opportunities of climate change should be directed at future executives, given that many companies rival nations in greenhouse-gas emissions, writes Genevieve Patenaude

The potential to mitigate global carbon emissions through the management and protection of forests and woodlands is huge.

Leafy Methane   (Aug 2010)

A new study of plant methane emissions was published online in the journal New Phytologist on 28 April 2010 combining expertise from GeoSciences, Biological Sciences and the US NCAR. The results suggest that plant leaves account for..

..a volcanic eruption began on the 20th March 2010

ESA's Ice Mission   (Oct 2014)

ESA's Earth Explorer CryoSat-2 mission, launched on 8 April 2010, is dedicated to precise monitoring of the changes in the thickness of the vast ice sheets

Recent research in the School of Geosciences on the implications of the implementation of smoking legislation for health inequalities has received media interest.

GeoSciences Masters   (Mar 2010)

There are still places available on many of our Masters Programmes

Iberdrola Scholarships   (Mar 2010)

Up to 40 Masters and PhD scholarships are now available for postgraduate study in the area of Energy Sustainability, provided by the Iberdrola Foundation

Carbon Capture in SCIENCE   (Oct 2009)

Urgent action is required if carbon capture and storage is to play a large role in limiting climate change

Scientists have developed a new technique to monitor movements beneath the Earth's surface, helping them better understand how earthquakes behave.

SCCS presents an interactive map showing commercially significant CCS sites (planned or operational) around the globe.

The Gamburtsev mountains and the origin and early evolution of the Antarctic Ice sheet : Ice sheet development in Antarctica was a result of significant and rapid climate change c. 34 millions years ago.

New research undertaken at the Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage and published in Nature shows that for millions of years carbon dioxide has been stored safely and naturally in underground water in gas fields.

An international team of scientists led by the UK has been given the go-ahead to explore one of the planet's last great frontiers - an ancient lake hidden deep beneath Antarctica's ice sheet.

Edinburgh 'Earth & Environmental Science' comes out top based on RAE Results, reports Nature.

Geologists have long known that the Earth has gone through numerous glacial advances in the last two million years and that, barring interference by human activity, an ice age would "naturally" occur again in the next 20K-50K years. However..

As geoscience edges closer to answering the riddle of "Strabo's Channel" it may also solve one of the greatest mysteries in western literature, writes John Underhill in Geoscientist..

The controversial question of how vegetation foliage can emit the greenhouse gas methane under aerobic conditions has been addressed in a paper in the journal New Phytologist

David Reay's new review paper published recently in Nature Geoscience looks at the role of Nitrogen deposition in global carbon sinks -

The Highrise Project is an interdisciplinary programme involving architects and geographers exploring differences and repetition in residential highrise. Two cases that embody the varied fortunes of the highrise: the UK and Singapore.

Carbon Capture & Storage hit the headlines this week, as the Longannet storage project becomes a reality

The Ellsworth Blog has the latest from the team in Antarctica, exploring the subglacial lake Ellsworth, and surviving in the coldest place on earth.

Sunless seas   (Nov 2007)

Martin Siegert reports on the exploration of subglacial Lake Ellsworth in West Antarctica, and the latest expedition.

State-of-the-art models evaluates Methane and Tropospheric Ozone scenarios

Raindrops keep falling..   (Jul 2007)

For the first time, climate scientists have clearly detected the human fingerprint on changing global precipitation patterns over the past century.

Edinburgh University / GeoSciences spin-out business MTEM has been purchased by Norwegian group Petroleum Geo-Services.

Could forests help mankind in its effort to curb climate change? Could their role be undermined or stimulated by the action of man? A paper just published on Nature from a project led by the University of Edinburgh provides new insights

The 2007 Edition Earth Science Recruitment Video is now available online (.mov, 11.7MB) - Watch it now

Debate surrounds the formation of a mysterious mountain range hidden a kilometre below the Antarctic ice.

This one day symposium is devoted to dialogue on the possibilities..

Debate surrounds the formation of a mysterious mountain range hidden a kilometre below the Antarctic ice.

Spring-time for sinks   (Apr 2007)

Carbon sinks at risk across the globe

SIR - Current international policy responses to the world's two most serious problems,

Growing evidence of rapid loss of ice from both Poles - rising sea temperatures may be to blame.

This Year's GC Symposium is on 21-Mar-2007 - Register now to attend!

Edinburgh GeoScientists offer insight into the appearance of the Moon

Quest for Ithaca   (Jan 2007)

Where was Odysseus' homeland?

Antarctic Rivers   (Jan 2007)

Evidence is emerging of large scale water flow beneath the Antarctic ice cap.

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii   (Jan 2007)

A volcanic plume in the first image from NASA's CALIPSO satellite.