The University of Exeter is a global leader in environmental science research, and aims to ensure that our research delivers a better world where we live within our environmental limits. Our 10-year strategic partnership with the Met Office, which is based in Exeter, is also critical to these aspirations.
Exeter’s researchers played a central role in creating the world’s most comprehensive report on climate change. A combined total of 12 scientists from the University and the Met Office contributed to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report – more than from any other city in the world.
Out of the 8 most highly cited researchers in this field in the world, four are from Exeter. We are 4th in Europe in ‘Earth and environmental science’ in the Leiden Ranking 2015, and three Exeter environmental science researchers appear in the Thomson-Reuters 2015 highly-cited list, this includes Prof Peter Cox, one the world’s most highly cited climate scientists.
As I write nearly 200 nations have recently gathered in Paris at the COP 21 meeting, where a new global agreement on climate change has been reached, aimed at reducing global greenhouse emissions and thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change. The work of Exeter and Met Office scientists has made a critical contribution to this debate, indicating that a global increase in temperature of only 2°C could have significant impacts for the Earth. More on COP 21 in the words of our scientists can be seen in some short videos here.
Exeter is a global top 100 university, currently enjoying our Diamond Jubilee. We are also the UK’s fastest growing and fastest rising research university. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessment confirmed our status as a leading research intensive university. Building on these successes we are planning to take Exeter to new heights over the next five years, with our Global Vision 2050 Project.