The Environmental Change Institute (ECI) leads the work of the Tyndall Centre at Oxford University, where Professor Jim Hall became Director of the ECI in March 2011, continuing the leadership of Professor Diana Liverman, who is now co-Director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona. Professor Hall previously led the Tyndall Centre at the University of Newcastle.
Tyndall Oxford is based in the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography and the Environment but has always included members from other departments as well, such as the people behind climateprediction.net in the Department of Atmospheric Physics. Tyndall Oxford was the biggest single recipient of funding from the Tyndall Centre before it became a core member in the Tyndall Centre partnership in 2006.
Tyndall Oxford led the research programme on International Climate Policy between 2006 and 2009. The focus was (1) is to examine the significance of the activities of non-nation state actions in addressing climate change, and to assess how they are affecting and will be affected by the post-2012 international policy framework ; and (2) quantification of uncertainty in climate projections for regional and local impacts assessment and adaptation, and on robust approaches to impacts/adaptation assessment, with a particular focus on hydrological, hydro biological and biodiversity impacts.
Tyndall Oxford made a major impact through the Tyndall Centre by leading the ‘4 degrees and beyond’ conference http://www.eci.ox.ac.uk/4degrees/, held in Oxford in September 2009 and organised by Mark New.
The ‘4 Degrees’ conference led to a special issue of the prestigious Royal Society Journal to coincide with the UN’s Cancun Climate Change Summit of 2010. http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/communication/news-archive/2010/four-degrees-an...
The work on quantifying uncertainty in emissions projections contributed to the publication of a paper inthe prestigious scientific journal Nature by Prof Myles Allen and Dáithí Stone in February 2011 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v470/n7334/full/nature09762.html
Under the new leadership of Prof Jim Hall, Oxford will now be taking a significant role in the Cities and Coasts theme of research, which is co-led by Jim Hall http://www.tyndall.ac.uk/research/cities-and-coasts
For more info: http://tyndall.ouce.ox.ac.uk/