Archive news - 2013

Exeter Geographer investigates ancient irrigation system

Exeter Geographer and pollen specialist Dr Richard Jones is studying the history of one of the most innovative irrigation systems in use in India.

Little attention paid by policymakers to monitoring, modelling and managing the impacts of climate change

A Geography academic has published a paper in the latest issue of Nature Climate Change arguing that relatively little attention has been paid by policymakers to monitoring, modelling and managing the impacts of climate change on the dynamics of Earth surface systems.

New evidence highlights threat to Caribbean coral reef growth

Many Caribbean coral reefs have either stopped growing or are on the threshold of starting to erode, new evidence has revealed.

Researching Antarctica’s past climate

Dr Matt Amesbury, a post doctoral researcher in Geography has travelled to the Antarctic Peninsula as part of a research team developing records of past climate change stretching back 5000 years using slow growing moss banks.

Combined expertise creates a hub of weather and climate excellence in Exeter

Since its move to Exeter, the Met Office’s partnership with the University has made Exeter an international hub of expertise in weather and climate research, with joint projects worth over £30 million in various stages of development.

Toxic oceans may have delayed spread of complex life

A new model suggests that inhospitable hydrodgen-sulphide rich waters could have delayed the spread of complex life forms in ancient oceans. 

University ranks 49th best institution in the world

The Leiden University World Rankings shows that the University of Exeter ranks 49th best institution in the world.

Two Exeter academics appointed Wolfson Research Merit Award holders

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of two Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award holders from Exeter out of a total of 27 new awards.

Supporting poor communities through ecosystem services in Mozambique and Kenya

A new project led jointly by the University of Exeter and the Stockholm Resilience Centre has been awarded £1.9 million by Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation.

Exeter researchers work with Coca-Cola to transform home recycling

Researchers from the University of Exeter are working with Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) on a ground-breaking study with 20 households in Great Britain and France to observe at-home recycling behaviours. 

REACT showcase

On May 1st, REACT KE Hub held a Showcase event at the Watershed in Bristol to celebrate the work of the Books & Print Sandbox.

‘Upstream Thinking’ earns CIWEM Wetlands Award

A team of Geographers working in collaboration with South West Water on a pioneering project has won CIWEM’s Living Wetlands Award.

Top ranking in Geography journals

The journal Global Environmental Change, edited by Neil Adger in Geography and Katrina Brown in the Environment and Sustainability Institute, has retained its positions as the top ranked journal in Geography discipline for the third year.

Moss growth in Antarctica linked to climate change

Increases in temperature on the Antarctic Peninsula during the latter part of the 20th century were accompanied by an acceleration in moss growth, scientists have learned.

Undersea mountains provide crucial piece in climate prediction puzzle

A mystery in the ocean near Antarctica has been solved by researchers who have long puzzled over how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed.

Future sea level rises should not restrict new island formation in the Maldives

The continued accumulation of sand within the iconic ring-shaped reefs inside Maldivian atolls could provide a foundation for future island development new research suggests. 

Giant channels discovered beneath Antarctic ice shelf

The 250 metre high channels will help predict future of Antarctic ice

South, West and Wales consortium awarded £14.2m to nurture next generation of arts and humanities researchers

The South, West and Wales Consortium, in which the University of Exeter is joined with seven other universities – has been awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

After the gold rush

New research suggests that 19th C. gold mining in California remains a major contamination risk. 

What (not) to wear

‘Journalism & fashion activism after the Rana Plaza collapse’ is a conference taking place on 11th November 2013 from 4-6pm in lecture room C, Streatham Court. All welcome to attend.

University researchers highlight environmental challenges and their social causes and solutions in World Social Science Report

The University of Exeter’s Professors Katrina Brown and Neil Adger, and Drs Saffron O'Neill and Helen Adams have contributed to the prestigious World Social Science Report published today, Friday 15 November 2013.

Playing with future of British armed forces

Social scientists are to examine whether action figure dolls help form children’s opinions on war and have a role to play in shaping the future of our armed forces.

Global carbon emissions set to reach record 36 billion tonnes in 2013

Global emissions of carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels are set to rise again in 2013, reaching a record high of 36 billion tonnes.

New book celebrates everyday repairs in the South West

A project led by two cultural geographers based at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, and inspired by the practices of repair and renewal in the South West, is documented in a new book.

Lakes discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet

The subglacial lakes are the first to be identified in Greenland.

Paper on global temperature variability makes top 100 of 2013

An article co-authored by two Exeter scientists has been included in a list of the 100 most popular research papers of the past year.