Research Themes

The research conducted in Cambridge University and partner organisations encompasses the breadth of remote sensing of environmental change, from ecosystem to human landscape, from cryosphere to coastal zones, from atmosphere to solid earth. Find out more about our researchers, their projects and publications:


Ecosystems are comprised of organisms living as a community within their abiotic environment and interacting as a system. No ecosystem on Earth is unaffected by people.


The chemistry of the gases and particles in the air around is hugely important. Understanding of atmospheric chemistry enables new pathways to reduce air pollution and climate change.


The cryosphere, which encompasses all portions of the Earth’s surface where water is found in solid form, is one of the most dynamic components of the Earth’s climate system.


Coastal ecosystems play important roles in hazard regulation (through wave energy dissipation); climate regulation (through carbon sequestration); and disaster risk reduction.

Solid Earth

The solid Earth provides a record of the Earth’s geological past, and also controls the characteristics and behaviour of processes active at the present day.