Research course

Climate Change and Ecosystem Services

Institution
Open University · Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Qualifications
MPhilPhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) or an appropriate first degree and postgraduate qualification.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Earth’s climate system is intimately associated with processes in the oceans, feedbacks with the biosphere and astronomical influences. Superimposed upon these interactions is the increasingly important role played by humans in modifying Earth’s radiative balance and other components of the Earth system though, for example, nutrient enrichment and land use change. Our research seeks to monitor and quantify climate related change for a range of Earth’s systems while increasing predictive capability through the development of Earth system models of intermediate complexity. These models are informed by proxies of past environmental change and are integrated with economic models so that the services ecosystems offer to humans may be quantified. Investigations into other aspects of ecosystem services are also carried out at a more local scale, including assessments of the carbon contained within ecosystems and the flood alleviation potential of river floodplain meadows. There is a strong focus on quantifying exchanges of elements between various ecosystem reservoirs.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
      part time
      24 months
      • PhD
        full time
        36 months
          part time
          72 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Michelle Aitken
          Email
          STEM-EEES-PhD-Admin@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          +44 (0)1908 332943