School of Earth and Environment

Research partnerships

Many of our research activities take place in partnership with other centres of excellence, recognising the globally-important nature of the environmental challenges that we investigate. They include collaborations with industry and government as well as universities, and cover a broad range of policy and science. You can read about some of our major partnerships below.


Met Office Academic Partnership
  • The Met Office Academic Partnership formalises a strong and productive working relationship with the University of Leeds which goes back several years.The partnership aims to secure the UK’s position as the world leader in weather forecasting and climate prediction, and also develop the atmospheric science leaders of the future.
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  • The Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) studies processes in the Earth's polar latitudes that may affect the Earth's albedo, polar atmosphere and ocean circulation, and global sea level. CPOM uses theoretical and laboratory-derived understanding to form new models of interactions between the ice, ocean and atmosphere, and uses ground and satellite observations to test the predictions of these and other climate models. CPOM is also part of the NCEO.  As well as the School of Earth and Environment it has research groups at University College London and the Universities of Reading and Bristol. 
  • Petroleum Leeds is one of the largest groups of petroleum engineering and geoscience specialists in the UK. It provides a single point of contact for research related enquiries, consultancy services, short courses and field workshops in geoscience and engineering. Jointly based in the School of Earth and Environment and the Faculty of Engineering, Petroleum Leeds builds on our reputation as a world-leading research centre for petroleum-related research and training.
  • water@leeds is the largest interdisciplinary centre for water research in the UK, bringing together a range of scientific expertise to understand and solve major water issues. This includes changing climate and rainfall patterns, growing global populations, shifting land use patterns and increasing water consumption. The School provides expertise in areas such as geochemistry, soil science, climatology and environmental policy.
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  • The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre at the University of Leeds brings together forest-related research being conducted across campus. By linking researchers across faculties, LEAF strengthens existing collaborations and encourages new inter-departmental partnerships, establishing the University of Leeds as a leading national centre in forest research.
Energy Leeds
  • Energy Leeds brings together engineering, environment and science to address energy challenges of global demand, security, sustainability and environmental mitigation.
Centre for Integrated Energy Research
  • The Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER) aims to deliver enhanced understanding and tools and techniques to enable and accelerate transition to low carbon, secure, economically viable and socially equitable energy systems. It is doing so through world-class research which integrates technological, economic, policy, and socio-technical dimensions of energy.
  • The University of Leeds is a member of the Willis Research Network, a global collaboration between academic institutions and the financial sector focused on understanding the location, frequency and impact of extreme environmental events.