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Understanding the processes underpinning our planet's climate is key to predicting future change

By studying how Earth’s climate works, and what it looked like in the past, geoscientists can build models that predict how increased carbon dioxide levels and other anthropogenic changes might impact our planet in the future. Have a look at the latest research from The Climate Change and Earth-Ocean-Atmosphere Systems Group:


Antarctic ice cores reveal impacts of warming

Researchers from Cambridge Earth Sciences and the British Antarctic Survey have drilled 650 metres into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to unlock the secrets of Earth’s past climate: giving us a window into what might happen in the future. Read more on our blog.

Documenting our changing climate using shells

What can the chemistry of shells tell us about the climate of the past – and how our planet will change in the future? In this video, Dr Oscar Branson tells us about his research group’s work to understand how different parts of the climate system work together, all by looking at ancient traces from the bottom of the ocean.

Researching Earth's carbon stores and flows

By studying how carbon moves through the world’s largest rivers, the Cambridge River Watch Group are helping us understand Earth’s carbon cycle - the conveyor that shuttles carbon between land, sea and air, driving our climate.

Monitoring and mitigating pollution using tree leaves

Scientists are now starting to use dust trapped on tree leaves to monitor harmful air pollution, and Hassan Aftab Sheikh, PhD Student in our Department, is exploring if trees can also filter particles from the air. Read more on our blog.