Climate research in the Geography department focuses on surface-atmosphere interactions, such as the emission of greenhouse gases like water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane. This involves experimental measurement in a field setting and much of this research occurs in the Arctic, where climate is changing the fastest. The impacts of climate change on the water balance and on winds is particularly important and are investigated using regional climate models. The future adaptations required to cope with changes such as the climate impacts on vector borne diseases, or the changing economics of electrical wind generation or the increasing need for residential air conditioning during periods of extreme heat and humidity are topics currently being investigated.
Faculty conducting research in the area of climatology