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Research impact in Environmental Intelligence

Research impact

Research impact

Research impact

Research impact

Earth and climate science

Modelling the climate system to address the challenges of climate change and understanding the Earth as a whole system, including the atmosphere, ocean, land and ice sheets.

9 out of 10 people worldwide breathe polluted air

An international team modelling air quality led by Professor Gavin Shaddick and the World Health Organisation has produced new estimates of global air quality. 
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Improving climate prediction models

Researchers at the University of Exeter have made several key contributions to the formulation and development of ENDGame, the operational dynamical core of the Met Office weather and climate prediction model. 

The impact of climate tipping points

Research into climate tipping points led by Professor Tim Lenton has altered the framework for climate change discussion, informed government debate and influenced policy.

The human climate niche

Areas of the planet home to one-third of humans will become as hot as the hottest parts of the Sahara within 50 years, unless greenhouse gas emissions fall. Study co-author Professor Tim Lenton, climate specialist and Director of the Global Systems Institute OLD Oct23 has warned that each degree warming above present levels corresponds to roughly one billion people falling outside of the climate niche.
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Natural Environment Valuation Online tool (NEVO)

The NEVO Tool is a web application that helps you explore, quantify and make predictions about the benefits derived from existing and altered land use across England and Wales. The tool is freely available to all users and has been developed by the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy (LEEP) Institute at the University of Exeter with support from DEFRA and NERC.
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Cellular automata dual-drainage Simulation (CADDIES)

CADDIES is an open-source framework which uses Cellular Automata (CA) techniques and modern hardware with parallel processing capabilities for fast dual-drainage flood modelling.
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Adaptation to climate change

Understanding the impacts of climate change and informing possible pathways to a sustainable future through mitigation, adaptation and geoengineering.

Climate crisis for island states

In the face of climate change many small islands states have chosen to reintroduce previously unpopular resettlement and migration policies says James Dyke, Senior Lecturer at the Global Systems Institute.

Understanding the risk of storms

Research in stochastic modelling of storm risks led by Professor David Stephenson has improved the understanding and pricing of insurance risk due to European windstorms and tropical cyclones.

Extreme weather events and community resilience

Worldwide, half a billion people live in river deltas and are increasingly at risk from extreme weather and the consequences of climate change. Professor Katrina Brown's research looks at building resilient communities from flooding and damage to infrastructure.

Environment and human health 

Connecting human health with the environment in the face of a changing world. Using connections between meteorological, environmental and epidemiological data to identify the environmental impacts on health and developing solutions to the challenges associated with environmental and climatic change.

Social sensing of health impacts from pollen and air pollution

Research into social sensing by Dr Hywel Williams uses high-volume social media data to detect and locate real-world events connected to pollen, air pollution, asthma and hayfever. 

Connecting health and environment data

The The Medical and Environmental Data Mash-up Infrastructure project (MEDMI) aims to connect diverse databases to improve our understanding of the links between climate, environment, and human health.
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Blue Health

A pan-European research initiative funded by the Horizon 2020 programme investigating the links between environment, climate and health and how water can affect health promotion and diseases.
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Biodiversity and ecosystem health

Responding to human impact on the Earth’s ecosystems and understanding the critical balance between humanity and nature.

Supporting resilient pollinator populations

The BEE-STEWARD project aims to understand the decline of key pollinators, and trying to predict their distribution and survival in agricultural landscapes.

The impact of artificial lighting on plants and invertebrates

The Ecolight project has developed methods for detecting changes in light pollution in urban areas to simulate how street lighting may restrict the movements of nocturnal animals.
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Basking shark satellite tracking

A team of University of Exeter researchers in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage are tracking the movements of basking sharks to help conserve their populations and maintain healthy marine ecosystems.