Research and innovation

Delivering impact

Our researchers are working with partners to tackle major environmental, economic and social challenges

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Every year over 50 postgraduate researchers join our School, gaining the skills and experience they need to become independent researchers

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Research and innovation

We are a major international powerhouse for environmental research that has wide-ranging and positive impacts on the world that we live in. Our research is carried out within five institutes which represent our core research areas, but much of our work is cross-cutting, tackling complex global challenges. The School is home to a large community of passionate research staff and postgraduate researchers, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories.

Top 15

in the world for Earth and Marine Sciences

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018

90%

of our research is

'world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent' REF 2014

Top 15

in the world for Atmospheric Science

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018

Our research

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We advance understanding of Earth surface processes, both in modern and ancient environments.

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We are researching fundamental geoscience with application and impact towards energy, environmental, industrial and infrastructural problems.

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Our research is dedicated to understanding the structure and evolution of the Earth from the core to the surface.

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Atmosphere

We develop and use innovative atmospheric models to study aerosols, chemistry and air pollution, global climate, high resolution weather and climate processes, global agriculture, and palaeo-climate.

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Our research is based largely on the environmental social sciences and draws upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development and technology studies.

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The Priestley Centre brings together world leading expertise in all the key strands of climate change research.

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