Our research

Our core aim is to improve the process-based understanding of land-atmosphere exchange, focusing on emissions, atmospheric transport and chemical transformation, deposition and effects.

We do this by integrating measurements, data, models and new understanding of complex interactions. Our research supports policy development for the mitigation of air pollutants and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

World-class science and innovation

  • Flagship monitoring sites (eg Auchencorth Moss) and national-scale monitoring networks (eg GHG Flux Network) generate long-term, high frequency time series of atmospheric composition change and its key drivers.
  • We develop state-of-the-art process-based models from our measurements and field experiments.
  • Our models quantify the emissions, dispersion and deposition/removal of pollutants from the atmosphere and their environmental fate.
  • We investigate the impact of changes in meteorology and atmospheric composition on the biodiversity and biogeochemical cycling of macro- and micronutrients in natural and managed ecosystems.

Scientific measuring equipment in a field

Science Groups

Our facilities

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology contributes to major report assessing the impact of climate change on UK marine wildlife and environments
Aerial view of an informal settlement, Nairobi CC BY-SA3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nairobi_Kibera_04.JPG
Taking forward the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution: pilot to determine air quality drivers for Sub-Saharan Africa (AQD-Nairobi)
Solardomes at the Air Pollution Facility
Ozone and nitrogen pollution impacts on ecosystems, food security and human health in a changing climate – a National Capability programme
UNECE International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops
Moor House carbon catchment
Carbon exchange at the catchment scale
A DELTA sampler overlooking a lake
Understanding changes in pollutant concentrations at rural sites