This masters programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments, past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.
Aims of the Programme
• Participants will gain an appropriate level of advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise required to collect, interpret, and analyse contemporary and past environmental data; •Develop the modelling skills required to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions; and • Provide the intellectual and practical skills required to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data they collect.
Current research within the School includes: measurements and predictions of climate change; glaciers and ice sheets (past and present); biogeography; palaeoecology; environmental pollution; upland geomorphology (low relief, e.g. British uplands as well as high relief, e.g. Himalayas); remote sensing for environmental management; moorland erosion control; hydrology; water resource management; tropical rainforest management. The programme also makes use of the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District, and several past MSc students have completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District so that their work has had direct policy relevance.