Tackling climate change: new research centre goes online
Under the directorship of Professor Heiko Balzter from our Department of Geography, the new Centre for Landscape and Climate Research will look at how the water cycle interacts with ecosystems across the globe, and over periods of time, providing insight into such global threats as biodiversity loss, deforestation, water scarcity, flooding, and food security.
The centre brings together physical scientists, climate scientists, ecologists, hydrologists, social scientists, computer scientist and mathematicians in a unified research effort which will help government agencies, businesses and decision makers deal with the impact of climate change.
With its activities financially supported by the Royal Society, the European Commission, ESA, NERC and DEFRA as well as the University, the centre was established in January and will be formally launched with an event on 28 September 2012 that will include invited speakers and a poster competition.
The centre is already involved with a number of projects including GIONET, the European Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation Research Training, and G-STEP, the University’s space technology knowledge exchange programme.