About Us

Established in 2012, the Centre for Landscape and Climate Research (CLCR) carries out discovery-led and applied research, often in collaboration with industrial partners. We develop new Earth Observation methods for better ecosystem monitoring to address pressing global challenges.

Research themes:

  • Earth Observation Data Science, using high-performance computing and cloud computing for the analysis of big satellite datasets to account for ecosystem services;
  • Human/environment interactions, understanding the drivers and consequences of land use change, fire disturbance, deforestation and forest degradation;
  • Water and carbon cycle interactions, using Earth Observation to initialise, constrain and validate land surface and hydrological models.

Our research supports the UK Industrial Strategy and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular:

  • Goal 2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • Goal 6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  • Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

We value our research students and staff and support them in a collegial interdisciplinary research environment. Our research training includes cloud computing, Python programming, EO data processing, machine learning, and modelling of ecosystem services with InVEST.

We nurture our researchers, and many have won prestigious research fellowships, e.g. ESA Living Planet Fellowship, Marie Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowships, NERC fellowships and fellowships by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science.

We value and support equality, diversity and inclusion in a research culture that treats everyone fairly and equitably in a safe environment that is free from harassment, regardless of age, being or becoming a transsexual person, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity/paternity/adoption leave, disability, race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We welcome PhD researchers and visiting scientists from around the world, whether for short visits or longer research programmes.