Impacts on physical systems

Research into the climate impacts on the earth’s physical systems at Oxford is well-established and has strong international links. Understanding the physical processes which have shaped past and present landscapes is an important focus of work, as is the interaction between the world’s physical, natural and human systems.


Work in this focuses on the physical processes that shape past and present landscapes and the role of the climate in these. Because physical processes can play a significant role in shaping society and people love, it is important to understand not only any climatic influence over these processes, but also how physical systems may influence livelihoods, communities, economics and ultimately . As environmental factors continue to evolve integrating the physical and social worlds is essential and is increasingly an approach taken to research at Oxford.

Broad-ranging research is currently under way on the Saharan climate system, on the impact of climate change to monoliths in UK and on floods and droughts in the Zambesi – to name but a few of the research projects undertaken at the University.


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Relevant Research Groups and Themes

Climate Dynamics

Research includes large-scale atmospheric circulation, ocean circulation and climate variability.

Climate Systems and Policy

Research including mineral aerosols, tropical forest systems, climate change in Africa, Himalaya and Andes, changes in global and regional hydrological cycles.

Isotopes and Climate

Using various isotopes to understand what drives natural climate change during the past and present.

Landscape Dynamics

Working on understanding physical processes that shape past and present landscapes.

Volcanology and Igneous Petrology

Studying the effects of volcanoes on climate and the interaction between volcanic activity and climate change.