Clear water river with trees and mountains in background

Specialising in hazards and geo-heritage

Research that helps communities adapt to environmental change and improves sustainability 

The Centre for Applied Geoscience (CAG) brings together applied geoscience research and consultancy activities across four departments. We specialise in the investigation and management of natural and manmade hazards and the conservation of our geo-heritage.

We study our planet – from its oceans and rivers, to its complex geology. We investigate the atmosphere above us, and delve into the depths of our planet's metallic core. We observe how animals and living things — including humans — impact Earth, and measure the past, present, and future behaviour of our planet.

There's never been more of a global focus on improving sustainability, tackling climate change and managing the changes to our planet caused by human activity. Our research has a direct impact on communities, helping them adapt to environmental change and improve the resilience and sustainability of homes, jobs and cultures.

Members of the team are internationally recognised experts in the fields of Engineering Geology & Geomorphology, Geotechnical Engineering, Remote Sensing, Disaster Management and Geographical Analyses.

Research

Work in the Centre for Applied Geosciences covers these areas of expertise:

Environmental processes and impacts

We're looking at the monitoring, movement and impacts of contaminants and pollutants in the environment, and identifying problems and potential solutions.

Pollution from factory rising into a dark grey sky
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Engineering Geology and Natural Hazards

We're researching the causes, impacts, preparation for and management of natural anthropogenic phenomena such as hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, debris flows, volcanoes and floods.

Volcanic eruption at Mount Etna
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Palaeontology and Stratigraphy

We're exploring how fossil records can help us understand past climates & environments and using this knowledge to effectively predict & model climate change and its impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. Explore our palaeontology and stratigraphy research.

Rock sample for school of earth and environmental sciences
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Crustal Evolution

We're exploring the fundamental changes that created our planet and the long-term and large-scale processes that shaped the Earth's development through time.

Crustal evolution in evidence, Scotland
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Partnerships

Along with research commissioned by industrial partners, our work is supported by:

  • Royal Thai Government
  • Government of Greece
  • Federal Government of Nigeria
  • Ministry of Defence (MoD)
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)
  • Leverhulme Trust
  • National Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Ordnance Survey