Observing and explaining climate change: a research symposium to celebrate 50 years of the Climatic Research Unit.

Throughout 2022 we are organising a series of four research-focused meetings to reflect on CRU’s past contributions and explore current developments in these fields. We invite you to join the following meetings (more information regarding dates and times, registration and speakers will be provided soon).


Learning from the Palaeoclimate Record

CRU’s founding objective was to establish the past record of climate over as much of the world as possible, as far back in time as was feasible and with enough detail to establish the underlying processes that are responsible for climatic changes.

Observing and Explaining Climate Change

CRU’s work to produce a record of how the world’s temperature was changing began in 1978 and reached a particular milestone with the creation of the first combined land and marine temperature record in 1986 (the precursor to the current HadCRUT dataset).

Climate Dynamics

CRU’s work has always included research into the dynamical processes that govern the expression of climate change on a regional scale and on the hydrological cycle.

Climate Projections and Impacts

In the 1990s, CRU developed some of the very first climate change projections using outputs from Global Climate Model (GCM) simulations as well as analogue approaches.

Further events celebrating 50 years of UEA’s Climatic Research Unit will be added soon.