Research programmes

Use the links below to find out more about NERC's current research programmes. You can also view the findings and final reports of completed programmes.

Signals in the Soil

Reducing the Impacts of Plastic Waste in Developing Countries

Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk (SWIMMR)

Drivers of Variability in Atmospheric Circulation

Analytical Science & Technology

Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange

Soil Security

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Real World

Resource Recovery From Waste: Challenges for the health of the environment

The Changing North Atlantic Ocean and its Impact on Climate

Building Resilience to Environmental Hazards

Radioactivity & the Environment (RATE)

Peruvian Glacial Retreat and its Impact on Water Security & Resilience to Natural Hazards

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies & Resilience (SHEAR)

Sustaining Water Resources for Food, Energy & Ecosystem Services (SWR)

RAPID Climate Change - Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (RAPID-AMOC)

Biosphere Evolution, Transitions & Resilience (BETR)

Sustainable Aquaculture

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS)

Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in a Developing Megacity

Emerging Risks of Chemicals in the Environment

Environmental & Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases (ESEI)

Security of Supply of Mineral Resources

Thwaites - The Future of Thwaites Glacier & its Contribution to Sea-level Rise

Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

UK Climate Resilience

Environmental Microbiology & Human Health

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry

Role of the Southern Ocean in the Earth System (RoSES)

Sustainable Management of UK Marine Resources

Sustainable Gas Futures

Clean Air: Analysis & Solutions

Changing Arctic Ocean: Implications for marine biology & biogeochemistry

UK Droughts & Water Scarcity

Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources

Uncertainty in Climate Sensitivity due to Clouds

Drilling Subglacial Lake CECs in Antarctica

Flooding from Intense Rainfall

Earth System Modelling Strategy (ESM)

Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System: Environmental & socio-economic impacts & processes

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA)

Ganga Delta - Bay of Bengal Interactions

Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Feedbacks

Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere

Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrators: Directorate Hub

Highlight topic funding rounds

Human-modified Tropical Forests

Ice Sheet Stability

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions

India-UK Tackling AMR in the Environment from Antimicrobial Manufacturing Waste

India-UK Water Quality

Influence of Man-made Structures in the Ecosystem (INSITE)

International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP)

Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP)

Landscape Decisions: Towards a new framework for using land assets

Latin American Biodiversity Programme: Biodiversity - Ecosystem services for sustainable development

Marine Ecosystems

Marine Integrated Autonomous Observing Systems

Marine Sensors Proof of Concept

Mathematics & Informatics for Environmental Omic Data Synthesis (Omics)

Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) - The international Arctic drift expedition

Understanding & Predicting the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer

Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection across Scales

Understanding & Sustaining Brazilian Biome Resources

Understanding of the Impacts of Hydrometeorological Hazards in South East Asia

Understanding the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management

Understanding the Pathways to and Impacts of a 1.5°C Rise in Global Temperature

Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro)

Using Critical Zone Science to Understand Sustaining the Ecosystem Service of Soil & Water (CZO)

Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways

Valuing Nature

Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet

Wallacea Region - Understanding biodiversity & evolutionary responses to environmental change

Completed programmes