School of GeoSciences Research

Innovation, impact and engagement

Find out how we are engaging with, and influencing the world for the better.

From working with grass-roots community groups and relevant industries to influencing national and international government policy, we address real-world challenges and are making positive impacts in our world.

We directly engage with policy decision-makers, local and national governments, and intergovernmental agencies such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which influenced the UN Paris Agreement on climate change.

Our work aims to deliver positive change to people, communities and the environment. From public health and housing to environmental conservation and natural disasters, we are making a difference to people and places.

We also engage with a range of businesses and industry to make a difference - from environmental protection to the latest space and satellite technology and green energy solutions.

IPCC, United Nations and the Paris Agreement

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Our research underpins climate change policies globally, benefiting and protecting populations across the world, particularly those most vulnerable to climate change.

Space and satellite technology

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Our innovative research in satellite observation and data modelling is making a difference from helping local environments and economies to informing national and international policies. We are monitoring environmental impacts, extreme weather and tackling climate change.

Transforming the energy industry

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Find out how we are leading the future development of technologies that will decarbonise the energy supply industry and enable the responsible management of our natural resources.

Geography and the lived environment

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We are influencing national alcohol and tobacco policies, and the Scottish Government used our work in public health data to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advisory boards and professional bodies

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Our academics serve on a range of research, government and industry advisory boards and hold senior leadership roles with professional bodies.