Understanding a changing planet

Cross-cutting research action that stimulates and supports research that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries to address global environmental challenges.


Understanding and managing uncertainty to improve resilience and adaptation to environmental threats.


Our environment and society are now threatened by unprecedented changes resulting from human activities as well as facing natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions or climatic extremes.
Our research investigates these threats including volcanic eruptions, pollution, climate change and the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
We recognise the need to balance disciplinary and interdisciplinary research that addresses the physical, chemical, biological and social aspects of environment change. We work together to contribute to finding sustainable approaches to resilience and adaptation.
We have a particular interest in new approaches and tools for understanding change including: catchment and atmospheric modelling; new methods of monitoring and measurement; the human dimensions of applying knowledge to inform policy; and understanding changing patterns of resource demand and social justice.