Featured projects

Tropical peatland research: Katy Roucoux and Ian Lawson

Picture of a peat core from the Congo Basin.

A researcher examines a peat core in a swamp forest in the central Congo Basin, Africa.

In recent years it has become clear that peatlands are much more extensive in the tropics than previously thought. Our work involves discovering, mapping and describing peatlands in Amazonia and central Africa. We are actively researching their potential role in mitigating anthropogenic climate change, supporting socio-economic development, and providing biodiversity and other ecosystem services. We also have a special interest in understanding how these systems change through time. Read more here…

Calving Laws for Ice Sheet Models (CALISMO):

Doug Benn, Tom Cowton and Joe Todd

Calving event modelled using the Helsinki Discrete Element Model

CALISMO is a NERC-funded project that aims to radically improve the accuracy of sea-level rise predictions for the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR6). The project will:

  • develop a rigorous, comprehensive theory of calving processes, critically tested against observations
  • apply the knowledge gained from detailed models to develop the simple, reliable calving laws needed to predict ice sheet response to climate change. Read more here…