Physical Geography

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Physical Geography at Newcastle University has a long standing international reputation for excellence with most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) confirming ‘world leading’ research within this area.

Our research primarily addresses global research agendas, but also engages with national and regional initiatives. We carry out our research in a wide variety of physical environments across the globe, supported by active collaboration with colleagues within Newcastle University and beyond, both nationally and internationally.

Staff and postgraduate students within Physical Geography benefit from an inclusive and supportive research culture. Physical Geography academic staff conduct vibrant, high-quality research programmes supported by successful bids to highly competitive sources of funding, such as the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Examples of recent research projects include:

  • New Homonid discovery in South Africa
  • Lake Suigetsu ultra-high-resolution palaeoclimate project (NERC funded)
  • Impacts of recent catastrophic floods in the North of England (NERC funded)
  • Impact of meltwater floods during the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland (NERC funded)

We conduct our research in the field and laboratory using cutting-edge techniques which are supported by our laboratories and field equipment which are managed by our Physical Geography technical staff. The University has also invested in our Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory which supports Physical Geography research at Newcastle and externally, via collaborative projects.