OUPF Fall 2020 Seminar Series

Do join us this Fall term with our online seminar series!! Seminars take place every Wednesday afternoon and are announced in Oxford Talks, our website, and our mailing list. Please find more information on the individual events in our events page or at the bottom of our Home Page. 14 October (16h BST) Speaker: Dr Tom …

Warming Temperatures Are Driving Arctic Greening

As Arctic summers warm, Earth’s northern landscapes are changing. Using satellite images to track global tundra ecosystems over decades, a new collaborative study involving the University of Oxford and global institutions across the world, found the region has become greener, as warmer air and soil temperatures lead to increased plant growth. For the expanded story, …

Sea-ice-free Arctic makes permafrost vulnerable to thawing

  New research, published in Nature, led by scientists at the University of Oxford’s Department of Earth Sciences, and at the Geological Survey of Israel, provides evidence from Siberian caves suggesting that summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean plays an essential role in stabilising permafrost and its large store of carbon. More info on …

New study changing our understanding of deep-ocean process key to regulating Earth’s climate

Dr Helen Johnson, Associate Professor of Physical Oceanography at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, Oxford, has co-authored a new international study that has found that the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, a deep-ocean process that plays a key role in regulating Earth’s climate, is primarily driven by cooling waters west of Europe. Contrary to the prevailing …