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The experts making a difference

We meet the NERC scientists who are helping us all to understand every element of our planet, one groundbreaking discovery at a time.

20 Oct 2020

Collaboration to beat climate change

With climate change having a huge impact on the decisions and policies we make, collaboration is key – and at the forefront is the NERC and Met Office collaborative Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme.

20 Oct 2020

Ocean role

The Southern Ocean is one of the hardest places on Earth to carry out scientific research – but there is a growing realisation that in the era of climate change, we need to understand it better.

20 Oct 2020

Under the ice

Landscapes in deglaciated areas are like time machines, shaped by former ice flow processes. But how did they form and what can that tell us about present-day and future ice dynamics? 

20 Oct 2020

Building resilience

Hotter summers and wetter winters will bring new challenges and opportunities. The UK Climate Resilience programme, a collaboration between UKRI and the Met Office, brings a wide range of researchers to help in this effort.
 

20 Oct 2020

Earth story

Soils are critical to the health of our planet and essential for human, animal and plant life – but are at risk from changes in climate and land use.

20 Oct 2020

The gathering storm

From rising sea level impact on coastal ecosystems to exciting new ways to reduce greenhouse emissions, marine scientist Dr Judith Wolf describes her research into the effect of climate change on the world’s oceans.

20 Oct 2020

Helping the UK reduce its carbon footprint

Over the last ten years, NERC researchers have pioneered tools to help farmers, land owners and businesses lower their carbon footprint and meet the target of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

20 Oct 2020

Heat source

The untapped reservoir of hot water beneath UK cities could provide green energy for millions of homes.

20 Oct 2020

Capturing carbon

Carbon Capture and Storage offers a way to take greenhouse gases from industrial plants or power stations at source and storing them to prevent release into the atmosphere.

20 Oct 2020