Our research

We measure and model change in the structure, function and quality of our soil and land so we can better develop solutions to conserve and enhance these valuable natural assets.

From croplands to deserts, from peatlands to rainforests and from tundra to tropics, we explore the impacts of climate and land management so we can develop more sustainable management of soil and land for future generations.

World-class science and innovation

  • Exploitation and integration of technologies and modelling to assess the role of land use and climate change on soils, habitats and their interaction over time and space from local to national and global scales. To capture these changes exploiting the natural capital approach to understand the impact on social and economic benefits.
  • Providing better understanding of the role of microbial diversity in underpinning soil functions, specifically the formation and persistence of soil carbon, and developing a new modular soil carbon model to support future land use decisions.
  • To quantify the long-term turnover and transport of carbon from organic soils, including transfers to atmosphere and oceans and impacts on water quality and explore more sustainable management options.
  • To develop an integrated approach to the assessment of risk and opportunities to improve the sustainable management of coastal habitats to better integrate our land-sea capabilities.
  • To develop whole system approaches to bioenergy systems in the UK and abroad considering social, economic, environmental and technological constraints.

Mixed soil and land use showing woodland, grassland and arable

Science Groups

Our facilities

Somerset Levels
Long-term strategies for the UK's largest wetland area
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
Docks at Liverpool
Presenting research to international audiences
Clocaenog climate change experiment site
Long-term CEH climate experiment part of study
Spraying fertiliser on a field
New international management system to fight nitrogen pollution
Splashing rain droplets
Relevance of AMR to environmental regulators and policymakers
Saltmarsh transition from dune
Understanding their importance to wildlife, people and the functions they perform
Sand Dunes
Sand dunes: dynamic, diverse, in danger?
Durdle Door by Daniel Hauke
How do we benefit from our coasts?
Digger on a sand dune
Guiding successful restoration in saltmarsh and sand dunes