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Global Change: Systems & Cycles

The Grand Challenge “Global Change: Systems & Cycles” recognises that a deep understanding of global change can only be generated by studying its impact at multiple levels, ranging from large scale systems and cycles affecting whole ecosystems down to the molecular level that drives the physiological capacity of individual species to respond to change. Our research will be boosted by new collaborations of leading experts from the University of Southampton and the National Oceanography Centre Southampton who represent major disciplines of environmental sciences.

Complex ecosystems & coral reefs threatened by global change
Image: Prof Jörg Wiedemann


Under the Global Change: Systems & Cycles challenge we aim to understand how by changes in environmental conditions affect large scale systems and cycles and subsequently, the functioning of ecosystems and human societies that depend on them.

We will assign particular importance to:


We will apply advanced technology and develop innovative collaborations to address pressing questions associated with global change impacts on the environment. Our approach will consider large scale system and cycles and provide unprecedented insights required to develop knowledge-based strategies to mitigate negative effects of global change on living systems.

Themes within this grand challenge include: 

Biofilms & Microbial Communities



Extended Evolutionary Biology


Global Change: Systems and Cycles

Prof Jorg Wiedenmann gives an overview of the Global Change: Systems and Cycles theme

Global Change

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Global change sharpens the reciprocal interactions between human societies, ecosystems and the abiotic environment. Advanced technology and interdisciplinary research will be crucial to provide the information required to understand these complex systems and cycles and to work towards a sustainable future.

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