Priestley Centre research is improving understanding of climate related risks at local, regional and global scales. We evaluate climate impacts such as changes in rainfall, crop yield, sea level rise and land degradation, along with impacts on people and socio-economic systems. This broad understanding of climate risks provides the knowledge base to drive future development pathways that are both climate resilient and practical. By coupling sustainable development research with expertise in physical climate change, we are implementing a more rigorous approach to climate solutions to tackle issues including global food security, flood adaptation, biodiversity, ecosystem service protection, urban development and resilient infrastructure. Below are some examples of our research in this area.
Dr Duncan Quincey’s glaciology research is the first step in creating future plans for communities that depend on glaciers and their resources.
Professor Paul Chatterton is designing climate-resilient cities of the future.