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Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems

Understanding the Earth System and using this knowledge to predict its future evolution is a key imperative for international research in the face of global change pressures. EnvEast partners make important contributions to our understanding of the climate system and climate change on both geologic and anthropogenic timescales. We have contributed to understanding how climate change interfaces with important earth and biological system components, especially the biogeochemical cycles of carbon and nitrogen, and biogenic and greenhouse gases. Our research has strong and immediate societal and policy implications in the areas of climate geo-engineering, climate impacts on agriculture and food security, biodiversity and conservation areas, adaptation of animals, plants and plant pathogens to climate change, and breeding cereal crops to cope with climate change. The partners also support a range of global and regional models used to understand the functioning of the climate system.

Partner institutes include the Climatic Research Unit (CRU), the world's first university research centre designed specifically to study climate change, and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, a partnership with other leading universities which now also includes the University of Fudan Tyndall Centre in Shanghai. The partnership interfaces with other Doctoral Training Centres at the Universities of Essex and Kent, and on the Norwich Research Park.  The British Trust for Ornithology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, University of Kent and UEA all have strong research programmes on the impacts of climate change on biodiversity. The natural and social scientists, engineers, and economists in our partnership work together to identify and communicate the risks, trade-offs and opportunities arising from climate change and related environmental, energy and economic concerns.