Environmental reconstruction is the study of climatic change and human impacts through the analysis of terrestrial and waterlain, sedimentary and biological materials deposited at a range of timescales. Work at Nottingham includes the use of lake sediment cores from central and South America, Canada, Greenland and Europe.
The analysis and dating of terrestrial deposits from global dryland, periglacial and coastal environments is being used to reconstruct Quaternary environmental change histories and the impacts of extreme climatic events on earth surface processes. Instrumental and archival records provide a historic context for change impacts on society, infrastructure and livelihoods and creates a link with current management issues. Research is also being undertaken on the application of stable isotopes to environmental problems.