Solving present societal and environmental challenges

Explore our research in environmental science, physical geography, engineering geology and natural and anthropogenic hazards

We study marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, and the cryosphere to better understand the complex challenges facing our changing World. Through our expertise in sustainable development, management of natural resources, natural and anthropogenic hazards, engineering geology, and political economy, our research develops innovative solutions to these challenges, to enable the sustainable and equitable management of our planet.

Research groups and centres

Explore the work we’re doing in this area, learn more about our recent projects, the academic and industrial partners we’re collaborating with, and who our major funders are.

Centre for Applied Geosciences

At the Centre for Applied Geosciences, we're investigating natural and manmade hazards and geo-heritage conservation.

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Environmental Processes and Impacts Research Group

We're looking at the Earth's changing environment and the influence of human activity on climate and ecosystems.

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Risk Reduction and Resilience Research Group

Discover how our research manages risk and is seeking more effective ways to build resilience.

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Research facilities

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.

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Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis Unit

Gain expertise in high-magnification imaging and analysis of the chemical and physical structure of natural and manufactured materials.

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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.

Burnaby June 2019
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Remote Sensing and Spectroscopy Laboratory

Learn how to use virtual reality to identify rocks and minerals using remote imaging and data processing techniques.

Innovating for a healthier future; Portsmouth Hospitals Trust; PHT-UoP Joint Research and Innovation Conference 2019
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Geotechnics Laboratory

Our Geotechnics Laboratory – or Soils Lab – has equipment for analysing fine- and coarse-grained soils.

Geotechnics Lab
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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.

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Physical Geography and Meteorology Laboratories

Use the latest physical and meteorological equipment in our labs, including a rainfall simulator and automatic weather stations.

Physical geography and meteorology lab
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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

IMS Pontoon; 18th June 2019
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