To prepare for a future living with climate change we must first understand how it will affect us. This involves far-reaching research that considers everything from the acidification of the ocean to the flashes of heat waves. 

These are difficult to predict as one change often sets off chain reactions. Melting sea ice, for example, makes sea levels rise, which in turn causes coastal flooding and erosion. Climate change will also mean more droughts, higher global average temperatures, and the extinction and disruption of many species.

These will also have serious impacts for human health. There are estimates that climate change will cause 250,000 more deaths per year between 2030 and 2050. Climate change will also impact food systems and access to water, and may increase the spread of such diseases as malaria and dengue fever.

CEH work on climate change impacts

Projects

Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Bee visiting a flower
Most thorough review of pollinator science to date
Derwent water in the English Lake District
Sharing new developments in lake research, regulation and management
Sand dunes and landscape
The science behind our unique coastal biodiversity
Conwy catchment
Integrated hydrological and ecological monitoring and research in a varied coastal catchment
Professor David Fowler of CEH speaking at the Ozone Symposium
Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016
State of Nature 2013 and State of Nature 2016 report covers
Trends and biases in biological records
SIL2016 conference banner
Attending the International Society of Limnology (SIL) congress
Pollution in a small urban river in the Thames basin
New frontiers in water resources
Dr Toby Marthews, a land surface modeller at CEH, speaks at the High Impact Weather conference
CEH scientists at 3-day conference

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