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Soil microbes to mitigate climate change

Soil microbes to mitigate climate change

Human populations are expected to increase by 50% to 9 billion by 2050 as climate change continues. The global challenge is to manage terrestrial ecosystems sustainably whilst mitigating climate change. One option is to reverse global soil organic carbon (SOC) losses and increase soil carbon stocks by 0.4% per year (i.e. the ‘4 per mille’ […]

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Persistent organic pollutant futures: making 21st century projections of POPs concentrations and risks in British soils

Persistent organic pollutant futures: making 21st century projections of POPs concentrations and risks in British soils

This project will use cutting edge projections of the future state of society to predict how pollution and its impacts may change across Britain in the 21st century. Working alongside a team of environmental scientists, you will use a range of possible directions for UK society, demographics, economics and policy to develop future trends in […]

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Soil microbes to mitigate climate change

Soil microbes to mitigate climate change

Human populations are expected to increase by 50% to 9 billion by 2050 as climate change continues. The global challenge is to manage terrestrial ecosystems sustainably whilst mitigating climate change. One option is to reverse global soil organic carbon (SOC) losses and increase soil carbon stocks by 0.4% per year (i.e. the ‘4 per mille’ […]

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Urban nature-based solutions, are there scale-dependent thresholds?

Urban nature-based solutions, are there scale-dependent thresholds?

This multi-disciplinary PhD will study urban green space and benefits at a range of scales, to tackle critical questions in urban ecosystem services research: whether greenspace benefits demonstrate non-linear relationships with scale whether there are scale-dependent thresholds to ‘supply’ or ‘use’, and whether there are spatial interactions between services at different scales. The PhD is […]

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Soil microbes to mitigate climate change

Human populations are expected to increase by 50% to 9 billion by 2050 as climate change continues – together these changes will place unprecedented pressure on the Earth’s finite and fragile natural resources. There is growing social, economic and political concern about the impacts of climate and land use change on global biodiversity and the […]

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Plasticiser in the UK terrestrial environment: Occurrence and bioaccumulation?

Researchers and the public are aware of the potential issues of plastic pollution. Images of birds, mammals and other charismatic species entangled in and eating plastics have created great concern about our profligate plastic use. The problem with plastic pollution may be more pernicious than we have previously realised. As well as the polymers themselves […]

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Next generation landscape mapping: machine learning and big data methods for exploiting earth observation data

This is an exciting opportunity to explore machine learning and big data methods, in combination with earth observation data, to extract information on land cover and habitat condition. It will use a range of remote sensing data sets, including LIDAR, aerial photography and high resolution satellite data. Land cover is a key environmental variable and […]

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Natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services – tackling scaling issues

This multi-disciplinary PhD will study natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services at a range of scales, to tackle critical questions in ecosystem services research: Does natural capital produce the same amount of benefit, regardless of scale? How do those scale relationships change when you consider interactions with social factors which can alter demand for ecosystem […]

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