School of Earth and Environment

Research impacts

We conduct multidisciplinary research in areas of global environmental and societal impact

Our work includes joint research collaborations, knowledge transfer and product development with industry

Our research has had a particularly strong impact on climate change policy, working with national and international governments and policy advisory bodies

Much of our research has far-reaching and positive impacts beyond academia. Our experts are working with partners to tackle major environmental, economic and social challenges such as energy security and climate change.

You can read some examples of how we are turning research into real world impact below.

  • Developing links with industry is key to delivering impact.The Centre for Integrated Petroleum Engineering and Geoscience (CiPEG) integrates petroleum engineering and geoscience to provide innovative research and consultancy services to the hydrocarbon industry. Drawing on research carried out within the School, CiPEG is among the leading UK providers of consultancy and training in this area.
  • We also provide industry-facing training for many of our students.For example, our flagship MSc programme in Exploration Geophysics, which trains around 30 students each year, includes project placements with industrial partners and has an exceptional record of students securing jobs in the hydrocarbon industry.
  • We have developed links with non-governmental organisations and community groups.The United Bank of Carbon (UBoC) aims to reduce climate change by protecting rainforests and their communities.This collaboration between established, responsible businesses and our leading environmental academics is based on the principle that, by working together, universities, businesses, NGOs and community projects can make a real difference.
  • Our academic partnership with the Met Office has brought together leading researchers in weather and climate prediction.One result has been the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Project (AMMA), led by atmospheric scientists in SEE - an ambitious international collaboration which aims to improve our understanding of the West African monsoon and its impacts on the global climate.
    After identifying problems in both the local observing systems and the skills of the local meteorologists, the project is continuing to train local scientists in state of the art weather forecasting techniques.The work has also been included in weather forecasting operations in the region and has influenced the international strategy for climate monitoring in Africa and across the developing world.