Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR)
The aim of the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research is to understand interactions of the water cycle with ecosystems across multiple spatial and temporal scales.
It will undertake fundamental research that helps solve the problems of global biodiversity loss, water scarcity and flooding, and threats to food security, which are arising from complex interactions between anthropogenic climate change and land use change. The centre will aim to advance our understanding of a range of ecosystem services, a concept adopted by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
The Centre for Landscape and Climate Research was launched in January 2012.
The Director of the Centre is Professor Heiko Balzter.
The Leicester Lidar Research Unit (LLRU)
The Leicester Lidar Research Unit (LLRU) is an interdisciplinary research group working towards the development of techniques, methods and applications of Lidar remote sensing and image interpretation. The research unit is undertaking a number of exciting projects that utilise Lidar data. These include earthquake fault mapping in Slovenia, automated extraction of vegetation characteristics and 3-D visualisation and simulation of the University of Leicester campus. The LLRU includes members from academia, government, commerce and industry who provide financial, logistical or data support. Research is also supported by a number of research staff and students.
The Leicester Neotropical Research (LNR)
The Leicester Neotropical Research (LNR) Unit specialises in palaeo-ecological and environmental biogeochemical research in Northern South America. The Quaternary period of this region in particular offers some exciting scientific questions that we focus at. The answers to these problems hold important clues towards the response of the tropical environment to global climate change and ultimately will lead to a better understanding of the local landscape and the earth-system.
Leicester Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Research Group
A major area of physical geography research at Leicester is focused on the study of environmental changes over the last two million years of Earth history (The Quaternary). This period was characterized by great fluctuations in the earth's climate, landscape and ecology. At Leicester we are especially interested in palaeoenvironmental records from the tropics and sub-tropics, and the group is currently involved in projects ranging from the Amazon Forest to the Sahara Desert. Our research involves a number of techniques, with particular emphasis on stable isotopes and geochemistry. The group comprises four members of academic staff and a number of postgraduate students.
Members: Dr Ju
G-STEP (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security - Space Technology Exchange Partnership) is a University of Leicester led-interdisciplinary project to
help businesses use and apply complex earth observation data obtained from satellite, aerial and ground based monitors. The project is part funded by the ERDF.
G-STEP is a dedicated team with the backing of experienced and established experts in the GMES and Earth Observation fields and can assist SME’s and other businesses in the East Midlands by:
- Developing solutions using earth observation data
- Providing access to the extensive expertise of the University of Leicester and regional earth observation knowledge base
- Providing workshops exploring the utilisation of earth observation data for business
- Providing graduate placements within business for short term project development
- Providing support to assist business with GMES related interests to access larger agencies
- Partnering business in accessing European funding opportunities in GMES.
See the G-STEP website for further details.