Climate change

Climate change research at the University of Manchester falls under the remit of Tyndall Manchester. Tyndall Manchester undertakes world class research delivering agenda-setting insights on energy and climate change.

Tyndall Manchester undertakes world class research delivering agenda-setting insights on energy and climate change. We are primarily based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and also have close affiliations with the Manchester Business School.

Tyndall Manchester has a vibrant and committed research community that brings together scientists, engineers, social scientists and economists, providing considerable and diverse academic expertise on all aspects of energy and climate change. We also undertake external consultancy projects and offer postgraduate supervision and other opportunities for early career researchers.

Established in 2000 with funding from the UK Research Councils, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research was founded to undertake interdisciplinary research. The University of Manchester was a core founding partner, and continues to play an active role in maintaining and strengthening links with the wider Consortium.

Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain (RESNET)


The resilience of GB's electricity energy network is being challenged on three fronts: (i) policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonising energy supply will alter substantially the existing supply mix; (ii) decarbonising of the 'energy' system will likely involve considerable shift of previously non-electric energy demand onto the electricity network with accompanying changes in how much electricity is needed and when it is needed; and (iii) the expected mean changes in climate will alter the electricity demand and performance of electricity infrastructure, and increased severity and frequency of extreme weather events will impact on the electrical network and distribution systems.

To address these multiple challenges, the RESNET project (Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain) will develop and demonstrate a comprehensive systems-level approach to analysing the resilience of the existing and proposed electricity networks. It will develop, test and refine tools for evaluating adaptation measures designed to enhance the resilience of the network including societal and technical adaptation.

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Shipping in Changing Climates

Shipping in Changing Climates is a multi-university, multidisciplinary consortium of leading UK academic institutions focused on addressing the interconnected research questions that arise from considering shipping's possible response over the next few decades due to changes in: climate (sea level rise, storm frequency), regulatory climate (mitigation and adaptation policy), and macroeconomic climate (increased trade, differing trade patterns, higher energy prices).

Building on RCUK Energy programme's substantial investment in this area: Low Carbon Shipping and High Seas projects, this research will provide crucial input into long-term strategic planning (commercial and policy) for shipping, in order to enable the sector to transition the next few decades with minimum disruption of the essential global services (trade, transport, economic growth, food and fuel security) that it provides.

The role of Tyndall Manchester (along with the UCL and the University of Southampton) is to investigate plausible future developments of international trade and resource availability to produce a suite of global scenarios for shipping demand and its drivers. This will be achieved by assessing: a) the direct impacts of climate change and mitigation policies on the shipping system (including polices aimed specifically at ships and ports, or climate impacts on shipping infrastructure); and, b) the equally important indirect impacts, such as the effect of energy system decarbonisation on the trade of fossil fuels, or climate impacts on key trading commodities. These will all be brought together through developing new, coherent, quantitatively and qualitatively derived shipping transport demand scenarios.

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Whole System Impacts and Socio-economics of wide scale PV integration (WISE PV)

WISE PV is an EPSRC funded research project on the whole system impacts and socio-economics of wide scale PV integration in the UK. The project will explore future scenarios with high levels of PV and improved device performance, evaluating the power systems, environmental, economic and social implications of greater PV grid integration. The project is multi-disciplinary collaboration between University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Sheffield and Oxford Brookes University.

Tyndall Manchester is leading the scenario development and life cycle sustainability work packages. This includes stakeholder led whole-system energy scenarios and a novel consequential life cycle assessment of PV in UK with a particular focus on wider system impacts.

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