Responding to Environmental Change

Emerging environmental scientists (PhD students and early career researchers) met with leaders from business, policy and academia to explore three key societal challenge themes, their implications for business and policy makers and ways in which they might be addressed through collaboration.

The articles and film footage below capture a summary of discussion under each of the challenge areas discussed:

Benefiting from natural resources
Natural resources are fundamental for wellbeing, economic growth and sustaining life. Greater demand for food, water and energy requires better management and use to reduce stress on natural systems and ensure a sustainable future.
Download report written by Jonathan Bosch, a first year SSCP PhD student researching transitions to low-carbon energy systems.

Resilience to environmental hazards
The consequences of environmental hazards are becoming more severe, with serious impacts on people, supply chains and infrastructure globally. Advancing our knowledge and understanding of these hazards, and the processes involved, will allow us to better predict, plan for and manage the risks in order to increase resilience to these changes.
Download report written by Malcom Graham, a first year SSCP PhD student researching saline intrusion in coastal aquifers.

Managing environmental change
In addition to natural variability, human activities are causing rapid, large-scale climate and environmental change. Understanding how these processes work as a whole Earth system can improve our understanding of the impacts of these changes and inform responsible management of the environment. Earth Observation and the wealth of "Big Data", ranging from observation networks to crowd sourcing, offer emerging solutions for our response to environmental change.
Download report written by Rebecca Emerton, a first year PhD student with SCENARIO researching approaches to global forecasting of flood risk.

Keynote address by Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee for Climate Change
To conclude meeting, Matthew Bell outlined the position of the UK Government on climate change and the issues that could be faced at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) at the end of this year.
Download report written by Samantha Buzzard, a third year NERC PhD student at Reading investigating the role of surface melt in the retreat and disintegration of Antarctic ice shelves.

Watch videos of all the talks on the YouTube channel.

View photos of the event here

Find out more about the SCENARIO DTP at the University of Reading and University of Surrey.

Find out more about the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP at Imperial College London.