We bring together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges
"Planet Earth is facing unprecedented environmental challenges due to human expansion – GCEE hopes to contribute some science-based solutions to mitigate those effects for a sustainable development. - Professor Vincent Savolainen"
Many challenges facing human society depend on the interaction between ecological systems, the environment and human wellbeing. Yet our current understanding of these complex systems is mostly insufficient for science-based intervention.
Based at Silwood Park, but with members from across Imperial College, the UK and the world, this initiative brings together a multi-disciplinary group of researchers to tackle some of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.
The initiative aims to serve as an international hub to initiate and bring together leaders in fields such as the natural and social sciences, engineering and economics with policy makers and other stakeholders, to work on integrated research programmes that have real-time impacts on conservation and the environment.
The Grand Challenges in Ecosystems and the Environment Initiative is a global hub for addressing key environmental challenges for humanity, carrying out internationally excellent science with a focus on finding solutions to these challenges in a collaborative manner, and acting as an interface between science, practitioners and policy makers.
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Explore some of our projects and see what an impact they are having in the real world
Setting the standard
Setting standards for studies in the interface between biodiversity and climate change
A DNA-based system for species identification
The importance of species interactions in ecosystem functioning
Using social and ecological data to control infectious diseases
Using ecological, economic and mathematical tools to change the ways in which decisions are made in conservation
Map of life
Tracking the distribution of species in a changing world