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Our changing climate: past, present and future.

Free on-line course.

Join University of Reading experts for a fascinating journey through time where we will explore how climate shapes the way we live, the food we eat and the water we drink.

Looking into the past we will show you examples of inspiring innovation and ask - can our ingenuity see us through the future challenges that climate change will bring?

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Climate Change, Water Resources and Food Security in Kazakhstan

6-9 Feb 2015, Almaty, Kazakhstan



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Find out about our latest research.

See our 2014 brochure: "Our changing climate - research that matters"


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World leaders gather at UN climate summit in New York, 23rd Sept ... read more


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Cities on the grow

A new University project will look at community food enterprises and investigate how they might be scaled up to bring benefits for the local economy, health and the environment.

Project led from Reading by Dr Richard Nunes, Real Estate and Planning.

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Some regions of the world may see rainfall increase and then decrease - new research from the University of Reading finds. Find out more>>


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Parliamentary enquiry finds the conclusions of latest IPCC climate report are robust - read final report>>

University of Reading experts provide evidence>>


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Cashew cultivation in Ghana - new report looks at effects on food security, land access and poverty alleviation. Find out more>>




Bees can help to compensate for detrimental effect of climate change on crops. Find out more>>


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How might European storms and extreme rainfall change in the future? Find out more>>


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Walker Institute Annual Lecture 2014.

Climate change communication - success or failure?

Professor Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Thursday, 5th June 2014 at 5pm, BMA House, London

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Sir Gilbert Walker
an eminent meteorologist


Integrating the University of Reading’s excellence in climate change research

The University of Reading's Walker Institute for Climate System Research aims to enhance understanding and improve prediction of the risks and opportunities from our changing climate.


The Institute brings together the unrivalled breadth and depth of climate expertise that exists within the University of Reading.

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Understanding and predicting our changing climate and its impacts

We are pioneering a more integrated approach to understanding and predicting climate and how it affects us – on timescales from seasons to decades and beyond. We consider human-induced climate change and also natural variations in climate.

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Delivering world-leading research, training and advice


At the Walker Institute our climate change research is both fundamental and integrated.

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Training the next generation of climate scientists is a priority.

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Contact us for scientifically sound advice on climate and climate change.

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