The School of GeoSciences is organised into the following Research Institutes:

  • Earth and Planetary Science: geology and geophysics relevant to resources, natural hazards, earth dynamics, and the environment.

  • Geography and the Lived Environment: understanding connections between people, society and the environment.

  • Global Change: understanding of past, present and future changes in the Earth system through measurements, theory, and computational modelling.

The School has a very diverse research portfolio, with researchers leading or contributing to a wide range of groups, centres and multi-institutional consortia.

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  • CARDAMOM panarctic retrievals 2000-2015 

    Exbrayat, Jean-François; Williams, Mathew
    The panarctic CARDAMOM outputs are derived from 1°x1° degree model-data fusion (MDF) analysis for 2000-2015. In each pixel, the DALEC2 ecosystem model is constrained by MODIS Leaf Area Index, Northern Circumpolar Soil ...
  • Five illustrated woodland expansion visions for Scotland 

    Burton, Vanessa; Metzger, Marc J
    Despite woodland expansion being advocated via a number of policy documents, barriers to woodland creation in Scotland remain. These include contested views about land use amongst multiple stakeholders, concerns around ...
  • Three illustrated land use visions of Europe for 2040 

    Metzger, Marc J; Paterson, James; Scriberia
    The continuously growing global demands on a finite land resource will require better strategic policies and management of trade-offs to avoid conflicts between different land-use sectors. Visions of the future can support ...
  • Scotland's natural treasures - an illustrated ecosystem services map 

    Metzger, Marc J; Gelfgren, Sara; Allen, Kathleen; Burton, Vanessa; Crofton, Archie; Metzger, Martina; Wilson, Chris
    Scotland is packed with natural treasures that provide endless inspiration, excitement, and enjoyment as well as supporting much of our economy. These benefits we get from nature sometimes referred to as ecosystem services, ...
  • Europe's natural treasures - an illustrated ecosystem services map 

    Metzger, Marc J; Gelfgren, Sara; Allen, Kathleen; Crofton, Archie; Metzger, Martina; Wilson, Chris
    Europe is full of natural treasures that provide endless inspiration, excitement, and enjoyment as well as supporting much of our economy. These benefits we get from nature sometimes referred to as ecosystem services, that ...
  • CARDAMOM pantropical retrievals 2000-2015 

    Exbrayat, Jean-François; Williams, Mathew; Smallman, T Luke
    This dataset includes netCDF files reporting pantropical retrievals of the terrestrial carbon cycle using the CARDAMOM model-data fusion framework. Two experiments are included that alternatively include or omit fire ...
  • Model output relating to HCHO columns over India 

    Surl, Luke
    Model input and output for the publication "Which processes drive observed variations of HCHO columns over India?", which, at the time of writing, is in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions with DOI 10.5194/acp-2017-1017. ...
  • Reliability Ensemble Averaging of ISIMIP NPP projections for 2095-2099 under RCP8.5 

    Exbrayat, Jean-François; Williams, Mathew
    Multi-model averaging techniques provide opportunities to extract additional information from large ensembles of simulations. In particular, present-day model skill can be used to evaluate their potential performance in ...
  • INSITE Oil and Gas ROV video survey questionnaire 

    Murray, Fiona; Gormley, Kate; Henry, Lea-Anne; Roberts, J Murray
    The INSITE Data Initiative aimed to identify data that has been collected by energy companies which could be valuable to research into the influence of man-made structures on the North Sea ecosystem. We developed a ...
  • INSITE Data Roadmap and documentation 

    Murray, Fiona; Gormley, Kate; Roberts, J Murray
    The INSITE Data Roadmap is a database of data sources likely to be useful to those interested in the influence of manmade structures on North Sea ecosystems. To date it consists of 74 datasets collated from governments, ...
  • Farmland birds on AES/control farms 2003-2015 

    Perkins, Allan
    1. The decline of farmland birds across Europe is an especially well-documented case of biodiversity loss, and despite land stewardship supported by funding from agri-environment schemes (AES), the negative trends have not ...
  • Heating and Cooling Degree Day projections for the UK: version 2 

    Holmes, Caroline
    NOTE: This dataset replaces version 1 of the same time, which has an error in the fields Hbc,Cbc,Hdelta and Cdelta. This dataset was produced for the study "What is the uncertainty in degree day projections due to ...
  • Supporting material for "Importance of the Pre-Industrial Baseline in Determining the Likelihood of Exceeding the Paris Limits" 

    Schurer, Andrew
    During the Paris Conference in 2015, nations of the world strengthened the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by agreeing to holding ‘the increase in the global average temperature to well below ...
  • Scenarios of shifts in GEnS bioclimate strata based on CIMP5 climate change scenarios for 2050 

    Metzger, Marc J; Soteriades, Andreas D; Trabucco, Antonio; Murray-Rust, Dave
    This dataset provides an alternative representation of global climate change projections based on shifts in the 125 multivariate strata of the Global Environmental Stratification (Metzger et al. 2013), which are characterised ...
  • Ancillary data used for global GPP simulations by the JULES land surface model for 2001-2010 

    Slevin, Darren
    This dataset contains the ancillary data (soil, vegetation, etc) used for simulations of Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) by the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) Land Surface Model (LSM) at global scales for ...
  • Scripts to compute heat waves and composites with ERA Interim datasets 

    Freychet, Nicolas
    This collection includes several FERRET scripts to compute heat waves and associated atmospheric circulation composite, from ERA Interim datasets. The scripts are plain text files and may be viewed with any text editor. ...
  • [SUPERSEDED] Heating and cooling degree days projections for the UK: version 1 

    Holmes, Caroline
    [Dataset has been replaced by a newer version - http://datashare.is.ed.ac.uk/handle/10283/2813] This dataset was produced for the study "What is the uncertainty in degree day projections due to different calibration ...
  • Global GPP simulated by the JULES land surface model for 2001-2010 

    Slevin, Darren; Tett, Simon; Williams, Mat
    This study evaluates the ability of the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator (JULES) Land Surface Model (LSM), the land surface scheme of the UK Met Office Unified Model (MetUM), to simulate Gross Primary Productivity (GPP) ...
  • How does grid-resolution modulate geomorphic processes: data 

    Grieve, Stuart; NERC - Natural Environment Research Council; U.S. Army Research Office
    In many locations, our ability to study the processes which shape the Earth are greatly enhanced through the use of high resolution digital topographic data. However, although the availability of such datasets has markedly ...
  • CRAFTY EU28 Land Use | version C001-G9-C3-I1 | IPCC Scenario A1 | runID 3 

    Holzhauer, Sascha; Brown, Calum
    CRAFTY (Competition for Resources between Agent Functional Types) is a large-scale ABM (Agent-based model) framework of land use change. It has been designed to allow efficient but powerful simulation of a wide range of ...

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