Creating a sustainable and resilient world for the future
Explore our research in sustainable development, disaster management, human geography and institutional governance
We investigate and model environmental and societal risk, to ensure that economic and natural resources are managed sustainably for the future. Using our expertise in Earth observation, hazard assessment, disaster management, and institutional governance, we work with stakeholders to mitigate risk to people, and the natural and built environment. Our research strives to help develop a sustainable, resilient and just society.
Research groups and centres
Centre for Blue Governance
Explore the work our research groups are doing in this area, and learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners we're collaborating with, and who our major funders are.
Our research is supported by a range of specialist facilities used by staff and students. We also work regularly with visiting researchers and industry from around the world.
Environmental Chemistry Analysis Laboratory
Use the equipment in this lab to identify and analyse chemicals and biochemicals in surface water, groundwater and soil, so you can develop strategies to minimise and remove their harmful environmental effects.
Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit
Gain expertise in high-magnification imaging and analysis of the chemical and physical structure of natural and manufactured materials.
Mass Spectrometry and Laser Ablation Laboratory
Investigate the geological and planetary processes that influence environment change and natural resource formation in this lab, using our industry standard spectrometers and laser ablation system.
Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Laboratory
Learn how to use virtual reality to identify rocks and minerals using remote imaging and data processing techniques.
Our Geotechnics Laboratory – or Soils Lab – has equipment for analysing fine- and coarse-grained soils.
GIS and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Discover more about the planet's physical structures and scientific processes, such as glaciers and coastal flooding, using drone data, aerial and satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems.
Physical Geography and Meteorology Laboratories
Use the latest physical and meteorological equipment in our labs, including a rainfall simulator and automatic weather stations.
Institute of Marine Sciences
Explore the marine ecosystems of the Solent European Marine Site at our shoreside marine station, complete with floating research platform, £2 million aquarium and laboratory suite, and 2 research vessels, RV Calypso and RV Noctiluca.