University of Southampton

Tyndall Southampton has been a Tyndall core partner since the Centre’s inception in 2000 and a wide range of research has been undertaken including earth systems modelling, water resources analysis, renewable energy and geo-engineering.

Tyndall Southampton is currently based in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment but a close affiliation is maintained with other Faculties and the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton allowing a wide range of scientists, engineers and statisticians to collaborate on research projects. 

As part of the Cities and Coasts research theme, Tyndall Southampton analyses both the impacts and responses of climate change for coastal areas and the research programme currently comprises coastal projects covering a range of topic areas including: national assessments of coastal impacts and adaptation, e.g.Ghana and Mozambique; the costs of adapting to sea-level rise around the world, regional assessments of coastal impacts of climate change in the EU, China, India and Africa; risk assessment in port cities and trans-boundary effects of sea-level rise. Members in Southampton have also been instrumental in the development of the Tyndall Coastal Simulator, a tool for assessing the interconnected nature of coastal management, coastal engineering and flood and erosion risk. Within these research areas, an overarching goal is the development of an integrated system-level understanding of coastal areas and climate change at multiple scales. Tyndall Southampton is a valuable resource to the business and policy communities, both nationally and internationally, with members contributing to policy research such as UK Foresight and economic costs of adaptation (World Bank).

Tyndall Southampton is also currently undertaking research in remote sensing of the oceans, particularly radar; the probabilistic forecasting of climate change including the study of uncertainty in complex numerical models; integrated assessment of delta areas for poverty alleviation (ESPA deltas) and reduced complexity modelling of coasts in the UK (iCOASST).

Over the next few years, the Tyndall Southampton will both continue to address climate impacts in coastal areas, and also expand this experience into other topic areas using systems analysis of natural and engineered systems.