Professor Tim Lenton
Director, Global Systems Institute
My research focuses on understanding the behaviour of the Earth as a whole system, the complex web of biological, geochemical and physical processes that shape the chemical composition of the atmosphere and oceans, as well as the climate of the Earth. I am particularly interested in how life has reshaped the planet in the past and what lessons we can draw from this as we proceed to reshape the planet now. My work identifying Tipping Points in the climate system has led me on to examine Positive Tipping Points within our social systems which could help accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.