Predicting and mitigating impacts of climate change

Our scientists study the impact of climate change on individuals, populations, communities and ecosystems, with approaches ranging from physiological processes within leaves, through changes in species richness and distribution, to global carbon dynamics. We are concerned with the impacts of a range of interacting global change drivers from global warming, precipitation change, extreme climatic events, temporal dynamics and seasonality, as well as non-climate changes such as land-use change and pollution of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems. Such initiatives are complemented by CEH’s long-term research to provide improved simulation and analyses of the current and future global carbon cycle and climate by developing global modelling tools that integrate biogeochemical, hydrological and vegetation processes.

Internationally-renowned research by ACCE institutes has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, including authorship of chapters (IPCC 2007 AR4) and other international scientific consensus reports.