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


Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Screengrab from CALEDON - a virtual forest survival strategy game
Free forest management sim - make decisions about whether a forest will prosper or decline
Flux tower in the Amazon rainforest
Analysing variation in vegetation productivity from rainfall or temperature changes
Collage of images representing the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation
Helping regional businesses make the move to a lower carbon economy
Grizzled Skipper butterfly
New research in Global Change Biology
Somerset Levels
Long-term strategies for the UK's largest wetland area
The river Elbe floods Meissen, Germany in 2013
Establishing a worldwide hydrological status and outlook system
Simulated changes in surface ozone concentration  between 2000 and 2050 as a result of climate and emission changes for RCP4.5
Systematic evaluation of current and future ground-level ozone exposure
Monitoring phytoplankton at Windermere
Investigating extreme weather impacts on lake ecosystems
Clocaenog climate change experiment site
Long-term CEH climate experiment part of study
Flooded Lyth Valley, Cumbria in December
Q&A with Nick Reynard, CEH's Natural Hazards Science Area Lead