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Department of Geography

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study

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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Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

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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People in the Department

People in the Department

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 groups

Research groups

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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AI for climate and nature

16th February, 2024

 

Drs Harry Owen and Emily Lines are part of a newly-funded AI@CAM project which aims to find new AI-driven approaches to tackle society's biggest challenges.

The new project, AI for climate and nature, will tackle the twin climate and biodiversity crises by developing AI approaches for bringing together a wide range of datasets and accelerating the collation of information.

This work will provide up to date, relevant and robust information for researchers and decision-makers working on climate and biodiversity conservation – opening up the possibility for more targeted and effective solutions to some of our world's most pressing climate and biodiversity challenges. This project is a collaboration between Cambridge Zero, Cambridge Conservation Initiative, Conservation Evidence, Institute for Computing for Climate Science, Conservation Research Institute, Centre for Landscape Regeneration, Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits and Cambridge Centre for Earth Observation.

Staying put in an era of climate change: The geographies, legalities, and public health implications of immobility

7th February, 2024

 

An interdisciplinary review piece by Dr Liam Saddington and colleagues from public health, psychology, and law explores the implications of immobility in the face of climate change.

Although there has been widespread discussion of climate migration, this paper explores how climate related hazards affect immobile populations. Led by Dr Daniel Robins, the paper explores how we conceptualise "environmental immobility" arguing that an interdisciplinary approach is needed when considering both "voluntary" and "involuntary" immobility.

Prioritise environmental sustainability in use of AI and data science methods

30th January, 2024

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data science will play a crucial role in improving environmental sustainability, and leveraging them has huge potential to provide effective and robust guidance for our changing world. However, the energy requirements of these methods is significant and growing, and will have an increasingly negative effect on the environment without sustainable design and use.

Academics, including Dr Emily Lines of the Department of Geography, are calling for consideration of the energy requirements of AI to be prioritised in research, in a new article published in Nature Geoscience. They call for environmental scientists to lead the way in developing robust standards that will minimise the environmental impact — and facilitate the accessibility — of AI and data science innovation, with benefits for both the global research community and the world at large.

Congratulations to the 2022-23 MPhil cohort!

13th December, 2023

 

Big congratulations to our 2022-23 cohort on receiving their MPhil degrees and to: Matthew Benjamin Hoisch, Heidi Howard, Kuba Oniszk and Karen Park for being awarded the MPhil prize for Best Overall Performance, Leo Ko, Sebastian Koa, Leah Palmer and Isabel Strachan for being awarded the MPhil prize for Best Distinction Level Dissertation or Project Report. Fantastic achievements by all of you!

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  • 29th February 2024:
    Inaugural Lecture by Prof Marc Macias-Fauria. Details…
    Department of Geography - main Departmental seminar series
  • 29th February 2024:
    The flow pattern evolution of the Scandinavian Ice Sheet reconstructed from high-resolution mapping of subglacial bedforms. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Polar Physical Sciences Seminar
  • 6th March 2024:
    Shareholder Democracy under Autocracy: Voting Rights and Corporate Performance in Imperial Russia. Details…
    Quantitative History Seminar
  • 6th March 2024:
    Inuit pastoralism in South Greenland: Navigating the spectrum from wild to domestic herds in an era of rapid Arctic change. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Polar Physical Sciences Seminar
  • 6th March 2024:
    50,000 years of turnover and extinction in high-latitude megafauna communities. Details…
    Quaternary Discussion Group (QDG)
  • 7th March 2024:
    Beyond knowledge-building: Research infrastructure, technology, and the practice of Arctic (in)security. Details…
    Scott Polar Research Institute - Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop
  • More seminars…