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As climate change becomes a reality, and as a growing population places an ever-greater demand on the Earth's resources, coping with environmental change is set to become the primary challenge for our generation. If we are to steward our planet sustainably, we need to fully understand our environment: to know how it has changed in the past to understand how systems behave on all timescales to monitor changes that are happening at the present day and to build theories which can be used to model and predict the consequences of our actions. Our knowledge must encompass all aspects of the ecosystems which support us, from ocean circulation and its role in carbon storage, to vulnerable biodiversity reservoirs such as rainforests, to the sensitive ecosystems of the sub-arctic. The goal is a global understanding of the Earth system based on first-class interdisciplinary science. The programme aims to provide a grounding in the key research topics in the field training in theoretical and practical aspects of the design and implementation of scientific research the opportunity to begin a research career with a substantial project on a topic related to the research interests of academic staff on the programme and resulting in manuscripts suitable for publication in academic journals.

As climate change becomes a reality, and as a growing population places an ever-greater demand on the Earth's resources, coping with environmental change is set to become the primary challenge for our generation. If we are to steward our planet sustainably, we need to fully understand our environment: to know how it has changed in the past to understand how systems behave on all timescales to...

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