Earth, Atmosphere & Ocean Processes

The focus of this theme is on understanding the fundamental physical, chemical, biological and anthropogenic processes occurring on planet Earth by using various types of Earth observations (direct, proxy and remote sensing) and modelling.

This theme covers the following essential fields and the links between them: geology, geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, soil science, vegetation dynamic, oceanography, ice sheet dynamics and human impacts.

Quantifying and understanding the earth system is of enormous importance as it underpins our knowledge of natural hazards, weather, climate change, food and water security, natural and economic resources, and the impact and possible mitigation of direct human impacts on the natural environment.

The Partners have world-leading expertise in environmental modelling, fieldwork (oceanic, coastal, lake, riverine and terrestrial), sedimentology, mineralogy, radiogenic and stable isotope tracers, and earth observation. These world renowned experts work on geomorphology, hydrology, vegetation, fire dynamics, soil development, ice sheet and sea ice dynamics, oceanography, climatology, greenhouse gases, atmospheric dust, natural and economic resources and natural hazards.

Exemplar Projects:

1st Supervisor Inst.: Project Title: 2nd Supervisor: Inst.:
Tucker, Allan BRUNEL A “Big Data” approach to severe storms in a changing climate Russell, Andrew BRUNEL
Sammonds, Peter UCL Ice shelf dynamics
French, Jon UCL Improved prediction of coastal storm surge using multi-criteria mesh optimization Burningham, Helene UCL
Carter, Andrew BBK Understanding when and how the Antarctic Peninsula topography developed Riley, Teal Cambridge
Baas, Andreas KCL Soil Erosion by Wind and Land-Use Decisions by Farmers Explored with Agent Based Modelling Millington, James KCL
Spencer, Kate QMUL Understanding of the hydrological and hydromorphic functioning of disturbed coastal wetlands French, Jon UCL

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