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Use the links below to find out more about NERC's current research programmes. You can also view the findings and final reports of completed programmes.

Aerosols & Clouds

Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group

Analytical Science & Technology

Arctic Research Programme

Atmospheric Pollution & Human Health in a Developing Megacity

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS)

Carbon Capture & Storage

Changing Water Cycle

Coastal Sediment Systems

Drivers of Variability in Atmospheric Circulation

Drivers of Variability in the South Asian Monsoon

Earth System Modelling Strategy (ESM)

Environmental Exposure & Health Initiative (EEHI)

Environmental Microbiology & Human Health

Environmental Nanoscience Initiative

Environmental Virtual Observatory (EVO)

Environmental & Social Ecology of Human Infectious Diseases (ESEI)

Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA)

Flooding from Intense Rainfall

Future Climate for Africa (FCFA)

Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Feedbacks


Human-modified Tropical Forests

Ice Sheet Stability

Increasing Resilience to Natural Hazards in Earthquake-prone & Volcanic Regions

Insect Pollinators Initiative

International Ocean Discovery Program (UK IODP)

Joint Weather & Climate Research Programme (JWCRP)

Land Based Renewables

Long Term Co-evolution of Life & the Planet

Macronutrient Cycles

Marine Ecosystems

Marine Renewable Energy

Mathematics & Informatics for Environmental Omic Data Synthesis (Omics)

Methane Network

Networks of Sensors - Demonstration High Resolution Networks

Next Generation Weather & Climate Prediction (NGWCP)

Observations & Modelling of the Tropical Tropopause Layer

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Shelf-Edge Exchange

Probability, Uncertainty & Risk in the Environment (PURE)

Radioactivity & the Environment (RATE)

RAPID Climate Change - Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (RAPID-AMOC)


Resource Recovery From Waste: Challenges for the health of the environment

Security of Supply of Mineral Resources

Shelf Sea Biogeochemistry

Soil Security

Storm Risk Mitigation through Improved Prediction & Impact Modelling

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable Gas Futures

Taxonomy & Systematics

Technology Proof of Concept

Towards a Sustainable Energy Economy - UK Energy Research Centre (TSEC-UKERC)

UK Droughts & Water Scarcity

Understanding & Predicting the Ocean Surface Boundary Layer

Understanding & Representing Atmospheric Convection across Scales

Unlocking the Potential for Groundwater for the Poor (UPGro)

Urban Atmospheric Science

Using Critical Zone Science to Understand Sustaining the Ecosystem Service of Soil & Water (CZO)

Valuing Natural Capital in Low Carbon Energy Pathways

Valuing Nature

Valuing Nature Network

Volatiles, Geodynamics & Solid Earth Controls on the Habitable Planet

Completed programmes

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