Find out about climate change

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Climate science basics

  • Grantham notes: Explore the current science and technology understanding behind key issues in the climate debate.

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Our research

Find out more about research at Imperial on the following topics:

Further reading

Further reading

The following provides links to some introductory reading in this area.

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. 

    The synthesis report from the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (2014) remains the best overall assessment of the science, potential impacts and possible responses to climate change, drawing together and integrating the range of policy-relevant scientific, technical and socio-economic information. 
  • Learn about climate change
    The Grantham Research Institute at LSE have compiled a series of resources on climate change, including commentary on recent news, an FAQ, a jargon buster and  guide to useful climate websites.
  • Climate change explained
    Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) page summarising the causes, effects and impacts of climate change.
  • Advancing the Science of Climate Change
    US National Research Council

    A report by a US National Research Council committee as part of a series of studies requested by the US Congress. It concludes that a strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.

Controversies and reviews

In late 2009/early 2010 there were two widely-publicised controversies about climate science. The first concerned leaked emails between prominent climate scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and elsewhere, which purported to show attempts to misrepresent some climate data. The second stemmed from errors discovered in the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including a highly publicized mistake in the melting rate of Himalayan glaciers (see the review by PBL, the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency).

Given the significance of these issues, they were the subject of a number of subsequent reviews focused on climate science and the IPCC assessment process: