Global Landscapes & Climate Change

We address complex and challenging problems related to how the Earth’s surface evolves spatially and temporally and particularly how it interacts with the atmosphere and hydrosphere to influence processes that sustain life.

Our multidisciplinary expertise allows us to address scientific and societal challenges, including:

  • How resilient are landscapes to major disturbances (e.g. landslides) and what are the implications for land use (e.g. flood risk)?
  • How will landscapes adjust to future environmental change and what are the implications for biodiversity and food security?
  • How can we best implement adaptation to climate change?
  • Improving our capacity to understand and predict landscape responses to flood and storm pressures.

We examine how landscapes respond to environmental change, and how we can overcome the hazards and minimise societal risks that arise from these responses.

Our quantitative approach draws on our strengths in coastal and fluvial geomorphology, Earth observation, geomatics, numerical analysis and advanced analytical techniques through our links with the Life's Interactions with Changing Environments and Dynamic Earth & Planetary Evolution themes, as well as, our links with SUERC and the School for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Keywords: geomorphology, coasts, rivers, sustainability, tipping points, ecosystem services, Earth observation, remote sensing, geomatics, geospatial, carbon cycle, sustainable development goals, computational modelling

Theme members

Dr Thorsten Balke (Theme convenor), Dr Richard Williams (Deputy convenor), Dr Cristina Persano, Prof Larissa Naylor, Dr Rhian Thomas, Dr Elizabeth Petrie, Dr Martin Hurst, Dr Brian Barrett, Dr Amanda OwenDr Hannah Mathers

Post-Doctoral Research Assistants

Dr Alejandra Vovides, Dr Rich BoothroydDr Cai Ladd

PhD Students

Uduak Essien Affiah, Niantang Liu, Qing LiOctria Prajoso

Current MSc by Research Opportunities (non-funded)