Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Related case studies

Reducing toxic mercury emissions

Influencing global policy on mercury

University of Oxford earth scientists with diverse expertise have combined their knowledge to inform national and international policy on mercury, one of the most dangerous environmental pollutants.

The secret life of the seabird

The loneliness of the long-distance seabird

An integrated method of tracking small seabirds pioneered by University of Oxford zoologists is providing valuable information about both the health of the oceans and how best to protect vulnerable species.

Understanding oil-rich strata

Understanding oil-rich strata

For more than thirty years Oxford geologist Dr Hugh Jenkyns has been researching what rock formations are likely to have produced oil and why.

Impact case studies

How global warming is changing tropical forests

Professor Yadvinder Malhi, is leading a team of scientists researching the impact of climate change on the forests of the Peruvian Andes. His report will influence national and international policymaking.

coastal flooding and cliff erosion

Calculating the risks of coastal flooding and cliff erosion

Scientists at the University of Oxford are developing yet further a computer model that will forecast the environmental risks to Britain’s coastline for decades ahead. This will be of immense value to local authority planning departments.

How to be certain of uncertainty in climate and weather forecasts

How to be certain of uncertainty in climate and weather forecasts

Within every weather and climate forecast there is embedded a degree of uncertainty. This is inevitable. The big question for meteorologists and climatologists is: how do you quantify that uncertainty? This is the subject of Professor Tim Palmer’s research at Oxford University.

Niger wetlands

How changes to inland waters impact regional climates

Oxford scientists have developed a computer model showing how different amounts of surface water can effect changes in regional climate.

Strategies to reduce animal disease in Africa

Strategies to reduce animal disease in Africa

Four years’ research among South African smallholders has resulted in an argument for attention to local practices in the treatment of livestock diseases.

Balancing conservation

Balancing conservation and commerce in the world’s forests

Research into forest ecology at the University of Oxford is helping to reconcile the competing pressures of biodiversity and economic development.

Urban hotspots

Getting critical

Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute analyses the risks to the nation’s infrastructure.