Global Change

Our overarching aim is to improve the scientific understanding of past, present and future changes in the Earth system through measurements, theory and computational modelling.

Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene

We investigate key processes and interactions in the atmosphere and the drivers of present-day and future changes in climate and composition.


Research is undertaken in tropical, temperate, boreal and arctic biomes. The group uses a wide range of methods and has expertise in field observations and laboratory experimentation, air and space-borne remote sensing and soil, plant and atmospheric modelling and ecosystems services - an approach to understand and quantify nature’s contribution to human wellbeing.


Glaciers, ice sheets and snow cover (together, the “cryosphere”) are intimately linked to the global climate system and will be highly sensitive to any changes such as a warming climate. Our group combines field, satellite remote sensing, geophysical, geochronological and numerical modelling techniques to investigate how the cryosphere will be affected by predicted climate change, and to inform possible consequences on our society with respect to sea-level rise and water resources.

Land Surface Dynamics

The Land Surface Dynamics group is focused on determining the Earth surface response to climatic and tectonic forcing in terms of erosional and sedimentary fluxes and the consequent geomorphology of the continents.


The Oceans Research Group consists of researchers from a diverse range of backgrounds (oceanography, biology, geochemistry, geology), who share an interest in developing an understanding of the oceans and their role in modulating and driving global environmental variability and change.