The Priestley Centre's principal research goal is to build a fundamental understanding of climate change and its impact on nature and society, enabling robust and timely solutions.

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There are over 170 academics at the University of Leeds using world-class expertise and interdisciplinary capability to deliver climate research with global reach.

The Priestley International Centre for Climate is dedicated to improving our understanding of fundamental climate science, developing strategies to reduce and mitigate climate change and its impacts, and supporting society, ecosystems and infrastructure in adapting to our changing climate.

Using our combination of expertise, scale, track record and relevance, the Centre is able to deliver excellent research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions with a specific focus on four key areas (see below): (1) Improving prediction of future climate; (2) Understanding risk to develop a resilient world; (3) Enabling low carbon transitions; (4) Addressing the social, political and economic dimensions of climate change.

A selection of research briefs illustrating our global climate solutions have been collected in a Priestley Centre brochure illustrating the breadth and scope of climate related work the Centre is involved  with, as well as infographics about the  Centre and its research (2016-2017).