My research project into Siberian permafrost erosion has come to an end, and the results were presented at the recent IMOG conference in Prague. Scientific papers are continuing to be developed, and will be publicised here along with any other relevant permafrost news.
My next challenge involves taking a more direct role in climate adaption and mitigation. I have joined the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, still at the University of Manchester, and am working in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. This is part of a UK-wide network of scientists working across disciplines to understand and mitigate climate change.
I will be researching and project managing a new EPSRC grant, “STEPPING-UP” that aims to take small-scale sustainability initiatives and turn them into policies that will make a real difference to the water, food and energy supply of entire regions or countries. Creating a secure and sustainable future for all three of these competing requirements, even when the climate has changed by 4°C, is a real challenge for governments around the world.