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Keeping our heads above water – Nottingham experts tackle flood risk head on

Leading experts in flood management from The University of Nottingham are playing a major role in how research can be used to make UK cities more resilient to flooding. Over the next week, scientists from the University will present their research findings at a series of events looking at how cities across the UK can …

Are the Cumbria floods due to climate change?

The current floods that have affected parts of Cumbria, Lancashire and south Scotland have been caused by unprecedented amounts of rainfall. This has led a lot of people to understandably raise a number of important issues and questions, such as: is the flooding a a sign of climate change; how unusual has the rainfall been …

Research in the School of Geography makes ‘Top 20 in the UK’

Research by the School of Geography has been included in a list of Top 20 Impact Stories from REF2014. The UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS) has included the School’s research on global climate change as one of the strongest in the UK in terms of impact on international development because it shows ‘how UK …

Europe’s changing woods and forests — putting modern concerns into historical context

A new book co-written and edited by a University of Nottingham professor tells the story of European woods and forests and how our forest landscapes have changed over the last 10,000 years. The book, Europe’s Changing Woods and Forests: From Wildwood to Managed Landscapes is written by Charles Watkins, Professor of Rural Geography in the …

Shaping the interwar world

A new study will look at how governments and institutions from around the globe tried to reshape the world between the two world wars via the medium of explicitly international conferences. Academics from The University of Nottingham’s School of Geography have been awarded a grant of £721,000 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to …

The Grandest views

As inhabitants of our 21st century world it’s almost unthinkable for us to imagine an age when seeing the rolling hills of the British landscape laid out like a patchwork quilt below would have been as alien as the surface of the moon. These days while we need only glance out of the window of …

Over hills and mountains: Nottingham students join Countryfile

It’s one of the most recognisable landmarks of the Lakeland Fells and could be yours for a cool £1.75 million. Blencathra mountain, also known as Saddleback because of its distinctive shape, has been owned by the Earl of Lonsdale’s family for 400 years but is now up for sale. Its rugged beauty inspired poet Samuel …

Countryfile joins Geography’s Cumbrian field trip

Geography students from the University, set against the stunning Cumbrian landscape, are to make an appearance on an upcoming episode of Countryfile, BBC One’s flagship Sunday evening show. Presenter Ellie Harrison and a film crew spent the morning with around 180 first-year undergraduates as part of the School of Geography’s annual Easter field trip to …

How can we keep our heads above water?

After the wettest winter on record what can we do to protect ourselves from future flooding? Colin Thorne, Professor of Physical Geography at The University of Nottingham, says we need to establish blue green areas in our towns and cities, update our Victorian drainage system and decide how much and where we are going to …

Snow blog – from Dr Simon Gosling

Everyone is talking about us having the coldest March since 1962. Here are some facts and figures from climate expert Dr Simon Gosling in The University of Nottingham’s School of Geography. They are from notes he made for an interview tonight on BBC East Midlands Today. He’ll be live in the studio just after 6.30pm. …