Land, Water and Ocean Environments

Research that informs approaches to environmental management.

The Land, Water and Ocean Environments cluster undertakes research that informs approaches to environmental management to improve nature recovery and ecosystem service delivery across terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems. Much of this work involves interdisciplinary research across both natural and social sciences. Research teams include social scientists, geographers, data scientists and ecologists working on diverse topics.

Areas of research

  • Nature based solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss
  • Ocean’s challenges – pollution, coastal protection, ocean literacy and the sustainable exploitation of marine resources
  • Afforestation and resilient treescapes
  • Rewilding and living with ‘wilder’ nature
  • Environmental land management
  • Ecological impact assessment
  • Water justice – security, safety, equality in water access and water protection
  • Inclusive, equitable and participatory governance of natural resources
  • Natural capital conservation in conflict zones
  • Sustainability in production of non-food products from natural resources – e.g. flowers, textiles, furniture, cellulose plastic etc.

Sustainable Development Goals

Set by the United Nations, Sustainable Development Goals address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

  • GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • GOAL 13: Climate Action
  • GOAL 14: Life Below Water
  • GOAL 15: Life on Land
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the goal

Related research projects

View current research projects related to Land, Water and Ocean Environments cluster.

  • Farm of the Future Climathon

    Farm of the Future Climathon

    The latest NICRE-funded Climathon recently took place at Tramway farm on the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire border.

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  • Dartmoor Test & Trials

    Dartmoor Test & Trials

    This research proposes to test the practical development of a payment by results (PBR) scheme on common land, to better understand the barriers and opportunities to improve delivery including the necessary governance. 

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  • Cotswold Climathon

    Cotswold Climathon

    The Cotswold Climathon took place at the end of September over two days at the Royal Agriculture University.

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