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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

Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

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

Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR)

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)

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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