Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

ECI's climate research focuses on climate prediction, detection and attribution, as well as climate risk assessment and modelling of climate impacts. ECI hosts UKCIP (the UK Climate Impacts Programme), which promotes and enables adaptation in government and business.


Climate Science

The Global Climate Science programme looks at the attribution of climate change, climate model uncertainties, and the carbon cycle.

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Impacts and Adaptation

The Impacts and Adaption work focuses on climate impacts on flooding risks and infrastructure systems, and adaptation strategies in the the UK and globally.

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The Mitigation research investigates how to reduce energy demand and decarbonise the UK energy infrastructure.

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The ECI participates in international climate policy and manages the formal UNFCCC registration process on behalf of the University of Oxford. Opportunities are open to all members of the University of Oxford.

Climate news

In order to adapt to, or address loss and damage from, the changing risks of extreme events occurring we need to understand the effect of climate change on such events.

Friederike Otto, et al (2015), Attribution of extreme weather events in Africa: a preliminary exploration of the science and policy implications Climatic Change

Every business aspiring to a long-term existence must have a plan for when net emissions are zero. Even if the Paris warming target of ‘well below 2C’ is not achieved, carbon dioxide emissions must nevertheless decline to net zero for Earth to stop warming.

Professor Myles Allen, Letter, Financial Times

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Climate Programme staff

Professor Myles AllenProfessor Myles AllenLeader, Climate Research Programme
Professor of Geosystem Science
 Kaya Axelsson Kaya AxelssonResearch Assistant - Net Zero
Dr Neven FučkarDr Neven FučkarMarie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellow, COP26 Fellow in Climate Risk, and Departmental Tutor
Professor Jim HallProfessor Jim HallLeader, Water Research Programme
Professor of Climate and Environmental Risks
Dr Conor HickeyDr Conor HickeyResearch Fellow in Scenarios and Business models for the transition to Net Zero
Dr Donghyun LeeDr Donghyun LeeResearch Associate: the role of the carbon cycle in the transition to Net Zero
Professor Benito MüllerProfessor Benito MüllerVisiting Professor
Dr James PainterDr James PainterSenior Teaching Associate
 Heather Waller Heather WallerProgramme Administrator - Oxford Net Zero

Doctoral research

Joshua Ettinger

Extreme Weather Events as Teachable Moments: Examining the Role of Attribution Science in Building Support for Climate Action

Supervisors: Dr Pete Walton; Prof. Friederike Otto; Dr James Painter

Vance Z H Tan

Strategic assessment of long-term plans for adaptation to flood risk at a national scale

Supervisor: Prof. Jim Hall