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Sarah Metcalfe

Professor - Earth and Environmental Dynamics, Faculty of Social Sciences



Within the University of Nottingham I have a number of research related roles including:

Lead for the university Global Research Theme, Developing Sustainable Societies

Chair of Facilities and Equipment Management Committee

Member of the Water Research Management Board

Nottingham lead for the NERC funded Envision DTP


Chair, National Environmental Isotope Facilities (NEIF) Panel A (Radiocarbon)

Member NEIF National Steering Group

Member Royal Geographical Society Medals and Awards sub-committee

Expertise Summary

  • Low latitude palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeolimnology
  • Human-environment interactions
  • Climate resilience and adaptation (particularly in the Yucatan Peninsula)

I also have interests in UK air pollution combining modelling and monitoring to look at pollution reduction strategies

Teaching Summary

I teach on a range of courses within the School of Geography, primarily:

Year 2 - Environmental Change

- Techniques in Physical Geography

Year 3 - Quaternary Environments

- Global Climate Change

Year 4 - Global Climate Change - the scientific basis

I also supervise a range of dissertation topics across climate change and its impacts and air pollution

Research Summary

My current research - often working with PhD students - is focused on:

  • Lake sediment records of climate change in Mexico, Belize, Colombia and Jordan
  • Impacts of human activity on catchments in Mexico and the Philippines
  • Agricultural systems, climate adaptation and traditional knowledge in Mexico, Belize and Jordan
  • Air pollution in China
  • Climate change in the circum-Caribbean

Recent Publications

Future Research

I have a new PhD project starting in autumn 2020 on 'Clean air for all? Air pollution, deprivation and health'. This project is in collaboration with Nottingham City Council.

School of Geography

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