Our projects are structured around three over-arching, multidisciplinary research themes that encompass the broad range of NERC science. These reflect areas of research excellence in which we as the NERC GW4+ DTP are firmly established.
- Natural Hazards
Geological, environmental and ecological hazards
Exploration and management of natural resources
- Solid Earth and Planetary Geology
Origin, evolution, structure and dynamics of the Earth and solar system; solid Earth interactions with the biosphere and atmosphere
- Biogeochemical Cycles
Tracing and modelling the flow of chemical elements and compounds between living organisms and the physical environment.
- Genomes and Evolution
Evolutionary change from molecular mechanisms and short-term processes to macro-scale speciation and mass extinction events.
- Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity
Controls on the structure and function of natural communities and ecosystems; applications to conservation.
- Atmospheres, Oceans and Ice
Dynamics, chemistry and coupling; vulnerability to environmental change.
- Climate Change, Impacts and Sustainability
Characterizing and modelling past, present and future mechanisms and effects on ecosystems, health and society.
Hydrological cycle from source to sea; interaction with society and ecosystems, including risks associated with resources, ecology, and health.
These three themes aim to guide our research, but should not be seen as restrictive with a keen emphasis to increase interactions between the disciplines. Details of our projects can be for each of our intake years:
For students wishing to join our programme, projects are advertised on the NERC GW4+ website and partner organisation websites between October and January, to start the following September. For more details of how to apply for our projects.