The Water Resource Systems Research Laboratory is delivering a unique combination of climate, catchment and coastal modelling, together with advanced hydroinformatics, risk analysis and decision support tools. Computational and statistical research is backed by a long-term commitment to field experimentation at a range of scales, which provides the data necessary to pioneer process understanding and underpin model validation. Scientific achievements have been converted into tools to transform industry practice and our system-scale perspective is shaping the policy agenda.
The Centre for Earth Systems Engineering Research (CESER) is providing analyses, tools and demonstrations to enable practical responses to the challenges of intensifying global change. CESER is tackling the complexity of coupled technological, human and natural systems, at a range of spatial and temporal scales. Through data acquisition, systems modelling and decision-support research is shaping the management of long term change and associated uncertainties of civil engineering systems, but in particular for river basins, urban areas and infrastructure networks.
In tandem, the Centre for Land Use and Water Resources Research (CLUWRR, located in the Institute for Sustainability for interdisciplinary working) is having a remarkable impact in the developing world, where it successfully integrates bio-physical and socio-economic research to tackle water management challenges set out in the Millennium Development Goals.
Newcastle has emerged as the second most powerful research university in the country for Civil Engineering in the REF results released today. The influential Research Fortnight assessment of power confirms that CeG is both one of the highest quality and largest research groups in the UK, submitting 43 staff for assessment. Overall, 88% of our research was rated 4*(world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) based on an assessment of our published outputs, our benefit to industry and our wider research environment. As well as recognising the academic excellence of our research, the REF confirms our worldwide impact on industry and government, with 100% of our work based on five Impact Case Studies rated either 4* or 3*.
The impact of the research from our Geosciences research group has been recognized as among the best of any in the country. The impact of the group's research was ranked second out of 45 submissions to the Research Excellence Framework with three quarters of our examples of impact being regarded as 4*, the highest rank possible. The school's Geoscience researchers was one of the major groupings assessed under the REF UoA7 (Earth Systems and Environmental Science) along with researchers from the Schools of Biology and Marine Science and Technology. Based on the proportion of activity awarded the highest ranking 4* the Earth Systems and Environmental Science submission was ranked fifteenth nationally. Impact is a measure of how effectively fundamental research has been translated into practical applications and knowledge that is used beyond the academic world. Our Earth Systems and Environmental Science impact has benefited the oil industry, organizations involved in managing coral reefs and fisheries. Link: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/impact/Civil-engineering-oil-reserves.php