Earth Surface Dynamics and Processes

Improved understanding of earth surface dynamics and processes is central to both reconstructing past change and making future projections. Through our expertise in field measurements, laboratory experiments, remote sensing and numerical modelling we make significant contributions to  understanding the cryosphere, hydrosphere, pedosphere and biosphere, and their interactions with one another - and how human societies impact them.

We develop essential indicators used in monitoring, for example glacier mass change and biodiversity, contribute to policy at multiple temporal and spatial scales, and are experts on earth surface processes in high mountain environments, and from the poles to the tropics.

In this cluster we address questions such as ...

How are glaciers, ice sheets and water cycle responding to global climate change?

How can we extrapolate from vegetation structure to biodiversity?

How can we date landscape changes and geomorphic surfaces?

What are the manifold interactions of vegetation, soil, and the terrestrial carbon cycle?

How can we integrate observations and numerical modelling to understand earth surface processes?

At which rates have landscape and soils been developing and changing?