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.

Clocaenog field experiments

CEH's field site at Clocaenog, north Wales, is one of the longest running climate change experiments in the UK. Our long-term climate change manipulation site is an upland heath. We study the effects of climate change within this typical upland ecosystem. Scientists can explore the link between above and below-ground diversity, and the resistance of communities to climate change.

CEH work on climate change impacts

Projects

Monitoring Sites

Research Facilities

Flooded road sign
International podcast discusses flooding and hydrology with CEH scientist
Welsh climate manipulation experiment
18-year Welsh climate manipulation experiment receives new infrastructure - continuation of long-term climate change research
iLEAPS
Theme for 5th Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS) to focus on understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges
Puffin
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology contributes to major report assessing the impact of climate change on UK marine wildlife and environments
Trees and soil
Study sets out way of valuing soil’s contribution to food and wider ecosystem services across Europe
Fields in Wales
Farmers, land managers and foresters contributing to improvements in Welsh countryside for people and nature, new report shows
Fields in Wales
Mae ffermwyr, rheolwyr tir a choedwigwyr yn cyfrannu at wella cefn gwlad Cymru ar gyfer pobl a byd natur, yn ôl adroddiad newydd
Asian hornet
Role of citizen science highlighted at British Ecological Society Symposium on invasive non-native species

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