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NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory

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Environmental change research overview

Within climate and environment change we use isotopes to work within atmospheric, earth, biological, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the deep oceans to the upper atmosphere, and from the poles to the equator. We aim to help gather and apply knowledge, create understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources. Climate change has occurred at every timescale, and we use isotopes to help understand the drivers of climate change both in the recent and geological past. In particular, while climate change is a global phenomenon, understanding the local and regional impacts is essential, associated with this is the link between climate and sea level. Pollution has and will have severe consequences for the future environment, as well as being a driver for climate change. Questions such as the impacts of climate and changing land and river management practices on hydrological processes are all key to NERCís aims.



NIGL contributes to several national and international programmes, details of these programmes can be found at:

'Freshwater Umbrella' research programme -

PAGES (PAst Global changES):

IBiS (Isotopes in Biogenic Silica):

IsoMED (Isotopes in the Mediterranean):

CONTINENT (Lake Baikal): http://continent.gfz-

CLIMAN project (Aral Sea):

Climate in Peru:

"MILLENNIUM: European climate of the last millennium"

For further details about NIGL collaboration contact Professor Melanie Leng (climate) and Dr Tim Heaton (pollution).

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