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Geography is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university. We live in an interdependent world caught up in chains of events which span the globe. We depend upon an increasingly fragile physical environment, whose complex interactions require sophisticated analysis and sensitive management.

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The Department has a large community of postgraduate students. Many are working for the PhD degree, awarded on the basis of individual research and requiring three years of full-time study. The Department of Geography also runs a range of Masters/MPhil courses.

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The Department's staff publish regularly in hundreds of separate publications, and attract research funding from a wide variety of sources.

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Research in the Department of Geography, arranged across six Thematic Research Groups and two Institutes, covers a broad range of topics, approaches, and sites of study. Our expertise, individually and in collaboration, is both conceptual and applied.

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Flood Risk Modelling UK East Coast

30th November, 2021


Elizabeth Christie and Tom Spencer, of the Cambridge Coastal Research Unit, in collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre and Consulting Engineers Arup report a new approach to coastal flood risk modelling, with a case study for the city of Hull.

A Venetian saltmarsh survival experiment

30th November, 2021


Tom Spencer has contributed to a commentary in the journal 'Science' on a study published in the journal 'Nature Geoscience' on a large-scale experiment on saltmarsh health in the Venice lagoon where periodic closure of the MOSE barrier system now excludes storm surge sedimentation on the marshes.

Professor Spencer comments 'this study is instructive in highlighting the fundamental mismatch between those strategies aimed at the protection of the built environment and its inhabitants and those aimed at the protection of valuable, biodiverse intertidal habitats. Co-existence is not out of reach but is going to require much more nuanced and sophisticated coastal management approaches than are available at present, urgently needed as we move into decades of progressively higher sea levels.'

Arctic Ocean started getting warmer decades earlier than we thought

26th November, 2021


An international study shows that the Arctic Ocean has been getting warmer since the beginning of the 20th century – decades earlier than records suggest – due to warmer water flowing into the delicate polar ecosystem from the Atlantic Ocean.

The study, co-led by Dr. Francesco Muschitiello and reported in the journal Science Advances, provides the first historical perspective on Atlantification of the Arctic Ocean and reveals a connection with the North Atlantic that is much stronger than previously thought. The connection is capable of shaping Arctic climate variability, which could have important implications for sea-ice retreat and global sea-level rise as the polar ice sheets continue to melt.

An analysis of the findings is featured on CNN, and the work has been featured in article in the New York Times.

Shreyashi Dasgupta awarded honourable mention for prestigious Bayly Prize 2021

15th November, 2021


Many congratulations to Shreyashi Dasgupta, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Geography, who has been awarded Honourable Mention, for the prestigious 2021 Bayly Prize by the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland for her PhD thesis, The Accommodation City: Private low-income housing and urban space in Dhaka and Mumbai.

The dissertation was completed at the Centre of Development Studies under the supervision of Dr Graham Denyer Willis. The prize committee described Shreyashi's work to be of 'outstanding merit'. The Bayly Prize, established by the Royal Asiatic Society in memory of Professor Sir Christopher Bayly, is awarded annually for a distinguished PhD thesis completed at a British or Irish University in the field of Asian Studies. The award ceremony was held on Thursday 11th November 2021 at the Royal Asiatic Society London.

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