Coastal geography and marine policy

Marine Conservation and Policy

The Marine Conservation and Policy group (MarCoPol) is actively engaged in marine conservation policy research, particularly the socio-economic and ecological implications of marine protected area designation and the conservation of mobile species. They address conservation issues in a holistic manner, recognising that marine conservation takes place within a complex socio-ecological context. Research themes cover:

  • marine conservation
  • marine and coastal governance
  • marine ecosystem services and economics
  • society and the sea.

Catchment and River Science

The Catchment and River Science research group undertakes basic, applicable and applied science relating to fluvial processes within catchments and river systems. Their conceptual approach stresses the importance of linkages between geomorphology and hydrology to riverscape ecology and ‘source-to-sea’ understanding of the aquatic system.

Quaternary environments research group

The Quaternary Environments research group are working at the cutting edge of research into past global environmental change. A major focus of recent work has been the improved understanding of rapid environmental transitions during periods when the Earth System has readjusted to abrupt climatic shifts, giving a long-term perspective on projected 21st-century warming and sea-level rise.

Coastal geography and marine policy staff