Climate UEA

ClimateUEA tells our collective climate story during this critical time for our planet. Pioneers of climate research for nearly 50 years, we use our world-leading expertise to tackle the unprecedented environmental and social challenges caused by climate change.

Thinking Without Borders, we bring together a multidisciplinary team of experts from natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities to collaborate, innovate and discover.



Climate UEA




Karen Heywood at the Antarctic
07 May 2021

Prof Karen Heywood honoured as Fellow of the Royal Society

UEA’s Prof Karen Heywood, Professor of Physical Oceanography in ENV, has been recognised for a lifetime of pioneering research into the physics of the ocean with...

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An image of Corinne Le Quéré
28 Apr 2021

Super Six Make Climate Change Hot List

Corinne Le Quere heads six UEA researchers who have been named on The Reuters Hot List of the most influential climate change scientists in the world.

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21 Apr 2021

Environmental Justice Project Funded for 3 Years

The Just-Scapes project has received €800,000 funding from SOLSTICE (JPI Climate), an EU funding stream. Just-Scapes is a three-year project exploring the...

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08 Mar 2021

Sea level rise up to four times global average for coastal communities

Coastal populations are experiencing relative sea-level rise up to four times faster than the global average – according to new research from the University of...

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Climate Change, Inequality and Conservation

  • May 19, 2021 15:00PM
  • Seminar
  • Free

This seminar will feature talks given by Patricia Balvanera (UNAM) and Karen Wong-Perez (IIED) and be chaired by Rachel Carmenta (UEA) . It will address and critically reflect on some of the challenges posed, and harvest lessons learned from past and present experiences in climate conservation interventions.Rural communities in tropical forest landscapes of the global South carry little responsibility for climate change, and yet disproportionately suffer the impacts - which include extended droughts, increased risk of uncontrolled fires and disease. The conservation agenda typically targets communities in these same landscapes with site level interventions that are increasingly blended with responses to climate change. Such efforts include REDD+, forest and landscape restoration programmes, integrated landscape initiatives and other nature based solutions. Rural small scale subsistence farmers are thereby affected not only by climate change, but also by responses to it. Whilst climate conservation interventions present an opportunity for simultaneously tackling climate change, conservation and development, they may also pose risks to local communities. Given the increasing interest in nature based solutions in the international policy arena, it is imperative that interventions do not extenuate the vulnerabilities of rural populations and instead enhance the resilience and well-being of the communities they impact. Ensuring that the pursuit of climate related conservation delivers equitable outcomes demands the design of bundles of interventions that resonate with the ecological context as well as the place-based realities of local communities. Hosted by ClimateUEA and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, the second in this new seminar series will address and critically reflect on these challenges, and harvest lessons learned from past and present experiences in climate conservation interventions.



A diverse range of interdisciplinary research takes place across ClimateUEA. Read about some of the exciting projects we are working on below.

ClimateUEA PhD Studentships

We are generating a new cohort of 21st Century climate thought leaders with the agile and interdisciplinary skills needed to lead a paradigm shift in the response to climate change.

The Critical Decade for Climate Change Leverhulme Doctoral Scholars programme will train researchers to look at real-world data in near real-time to generate unique insights into why societies succeed or fail to respond to the threat of climate change.
This new generation of scholars will help build the foundations for a healthy planet and a fair society for the future.

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UEA has pioneered climate research for nearly 50 years. Our Climatic Research Unit and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research have both broken new ground in understanding the global climate system and its implications for society, and continue to do so. Read more about the global impact that UEA climate research has made in this field since 1972.


ClimateUEA Timeline


A history of climate
activities at UEA



In this critical climate decade for our planet, our world-leading climate experts collaborate and innovate to provide the vital research, solutions and insight needed to understand and minimise humankind’s impact on Earth’s climate and ecosystems.

Here, you can discover more about some of our pioneering climate change researchers and their latest projects, impact and ground-breaking work.


Collaboration is at the heart of ClimateUEA. Bringing together different expertise and perspectives, we work with our colleagues and partners as a multidisciplinary team to monitor the Earth’s climate and tackle the impact of climate change.

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