We integrate expertise across multiple disciplines to provide the evidence base and solutions to tackle the world's most pressing environmental challenges.
Contact the environmental change research leads
Dr Alix Dietzel (Sociology, Politics & International Studies)
Dr Dann Mitchell (Geographical Sciences)
We are a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change
The APPCCG is the leading forum informing the climate change discussion between parliamentarians, business leaders, NGOs and academics. We are regularly involved in a number of key discussions to ensure climate change policy is well-informed in Westminster.
Sub-state climate change actors in Bristol: Hope for a just and inclusive transition?
Ensuring a just transition to a carbon neutral and climate resilient city in Bristol.
Live music-making in the no-fly, no-contact world
Musical and technological innovation towards a new sustainability
Just how tough is WASH?
Climate change is making universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene services tougher to deliver. We must be ready to adapt.
Revealing the impact of more extreme heat in US cities
Projections show our climate will warm above agreed levels. How dangerous might this extra heat be to public health?
Mitigating hurricane risk in the Caribbean and beyond
Recent disastrous hurricane activity in the Caribbean highlights the urgent need to prepare appropriately for extreme changes in climate.
How the past is predicting the monsoon of the future
The East Asian monsoon fuels energy, industry and agriculture for over 1.5 billion people. How will it cope with rising CO2?
Planning for a warmer world: better predicting hurricane rainfall in the Caribbean
Hurricanes can savage small island states: the Caribbean has been battered by 264 of them since 1960. Will our changing climate alter their frequency or intensity?
Improving our understanding of methane emissions in Brazil
Concentrations of methane in our atmosphere are rising faster than predicted. Why?
Are pollinators the key to healthy diets in Nepal?
Working together to discover the links between pollinators, climate change and human health in Nepal.
Aviation, the pandemic and carbon emissions
What will be the role of the aviation sector in a 'green recovery' and how has the pandemic changed this?
Exploring our changing ice environments
As our ice sheets melt, the Earth's ability to regulate its own temperature diminishes, and sea levels rise. But it's not just ice in Antarctica and Greenland we need to focus on – how can we help the people who rely on mountain glaciers to prepare for a future with less water, and possibly less food as a result?
The future is copper
A theatre and research collaboration exploring the uses, abuses and future of copper mining in a globally changing environment.
Breaking the law to save the world
What can we understand about people who break the law to save the environment and what is 'appropriate' protest in this time of great environmental change?
Using UAVs for conservation: Monitoring endangered giraffe populations in Northern Cameroon
How can we monitor endangered species in the wild over large distances when their populations are so small?
Making cities more pollinator-friendly
As we face an increasingly urban future, we need to protect and cultivate greater biodiversity in our cities for the sake of people and pollinators alike.
Changing ice: Developing interdisciplinary research on Earth’s cold places
This project is developing the University of Bristol’s capacity for interdisciplinary research on Earth’s cold places.
Nitrogen in a changing earth system
Humans are altering the natural nitrogen cycle which is affecting our planet and health, and contributing to climate change.
Traffic effects on the atmospheric electric field
How can we better understand how manmade pollutants are affecting the electrical environment and thus affecting nature and human health?
The Dark Planet: Explorations of the wild night
More than half of the world’s species are nocturnal by habit so how do we enhance our knowledge of these night time worlds and how they may be affected by climate change?
Could disappearing glaciers threaten regional food security?
A rapidly warming climate means Himalayan Nepal’s vital natural reservoirs are vanishing fast.
Quantifying the greenhouse emissions gap
In 2015 the Paris Agreement stipulated that global warming must be limited to well below 2°C if we are to avoid dangerous climate change. Much of this depends on reducing manmade greenhouse gases.
Drivers and consequences of environmental change in drylands
As climate changes, the world’s driest regions will be hit hardest. Already in a delicate balance with limited rainfall and high temperatures, dryland environments and the societies within them, are now facing immense challenges of adapting to environmental change.
Understanding the resilience of Colombian forest biodiversity
After a long history of bloody conflict, there’s understandable pressure to make Colombia’s damaged forests more economically productive. But with so little data on these environments, it’s hard to predict the potential impacts.
We need to rethink nature and the non-human world in response to our climate and ecological emergency.
Archiving oil - an artistic exploration
Fossil fuels, oil in particular, have entirely shaped our evolution since the industrial age. How can art and science combine to spark a dialogue around our relationship with oil?
What we do and why we have impact
We dissect the effects that humans are having on society and Earth's systems, revealing the rapidly changing character of the planet and its inhabitants.
Our breadth is our strength. With over 200 members, we research all aspects of our changing planet from land, sea, ice, and air – from the wilderness to the cities, human to the physical, from local to global and from the ancient past to the future.
We work with governments, non-governmental organisations and industry to provide advice and set the political agenda. Our research features heavily in leading reports such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Reports, the National Pollinator Strategy and we verify the amount of greenhouse gases that the UK produces against the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) estimates.
We use cutting-edge models, theory, experiments and observations to understand earth system dynamics across all time scales to understand how to limit, manage and adapt to the challenges of our time. From precision greenhouse gas measurements to models of past climates to environmental justice.