Global Environmental Change

Our natural environment is continuously changing; in its temperature and climate, ecosystems and landscapes, ice sheets and sea level. Human activity is dramatically altering our natural environment by changing the chemistry of the soil, oceans and atmosphere, the landscape and biological systems.  There is great uncertainty in the scale, nature and collective impact of these changes and this presents a profound challenge to society's capacity for adaptation and resilience. 

This theme brings together leading academics who have written thousands of papers, advised government and industry, generated patents and contributed to the IPCC and other major international agreements. Their research interests span subjects and departments across the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Arts, Social Sciences and Law.

The global environmental change research community aims to:

  • Improve our understanding of climate and environmental change
  • Better predict future global changes and their impact on society
  • Help to develop technological and policy tools to address global challenges and uncertainty.

Our research

Global change research focuses on the following areas:

Contact us

Please contact global environmental change co-theme leaders Dr Matt Rigby or Jo House with any enquiries about the global environmental change research theme.

Did you know?

The Cabot Institute held The Uncertain World Summit in October 2015 as part of Bristol European Green Capital celebrations.  The forum identified global environmental change issues that businesses, leaders, and others can solve. Visit the Uncertain World webpage.