This master's programme focuses on the analysis of dynamic environments: past. present, and future. Concerns over human impacts on the environment have stimulated demand from governments and industry for the monitoring, analysis and modelling of natural processes in environmental systems. This is essential if we are to improve understanding of the interrelation of environmental variables in order to predict and manage their responses to anthropogenic perturbations.
You will gain:
- Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise in order to collect, interpret and analyse contemporary and past environmental data.
- Modelling skills, in order to investigate the interrelationships between environmental variables, and to predict their responses to changing internal and external conditions.
- Intellectual and practical skills, in order to design and undertake field and/or laboratory experiments in contemporary environmental process-monitoring, or palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, and to design and test appropriate environmental models with the data you collect.
These skills are highly relevant if you wish to pursue a career in environmental management, or consultancy, and provide a firm grounding for research in the environmental sciences.
Dr Jason Dortch directs the course, with input from other physical geographers working on a wide variety of aspects of environmental change. Current research includes:
- Measurements and predictions of climate change
- Glaciers and ice sheets (past and present)
- Environmental pollution
- Upland geomorphology (low relief, e.g. British uplands, and high relief, e.g. Himalayas)
- Remote sensing for environmental management
- Moorland erosion control
- Water resource management
- Fire management
- Tectonic geomorphology
We also use the proximity of Manchester to the upland areas of the Peak District; several past MSc students completed dissertation work in close collaboration with various organisations responsible for land management in the Peak District, giving their work direct policy relevance.
Informal inquiries, prior to applications, are welcomed. Please contact: Jason Dortch (Programme Director) | Email: email@example.com