Categories: engineering and environment
How future research can help improve projections on rising sea levels
A new research synthesis co-authored by an international group of 29 ice sheet experts states that future rises in sea level could be better estimated by gaining a clearer understanding of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.
More of the same: Study reveals winners and losers from climate and land-use change
New research from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Northumbria University has determined that as warm-loving species expand their ranges under climate change, Britain’s landscapes are losing their biological uniqueness.
Patterns of brain connectivity differ between preterm and full term babies
A new study involving Northumbria University has revealed scans of 390 babies show distinct patterns between term and preterm babies in the dynamic (moment-to-moment) connectivity of brain networks.
Digital civics projects putting people at heart of digital innovation
Northumbria University is hosting the Digital Civics Exchange, a series of events focusing on the role of people in artificial intelligence and digital technology. The event will also mark the launch of Northumbria University's 9 million AI Centre for Doctoral Training in Citizen-Centred AI.
Contact lenses to diagnose glaucoma
Researchers from Northumbria University and Boğaziçi University have developed a contact lens that can detect changes in eye pressure, an early sign of glaucoma. The lens contains micro-sensors that monitor intra-ocular pressure over several hours and send the data wirelessly for analysis. The technology has been successfully tested on six participants and will undergo further study.
Solar physicist honoured by Royal Astronomical Society
Dr Andy Smith, a solar physicist at Northumbria University, has been honored by the Royal Astronomical Society for his work in using artificial intelligence to predict space weather. His models are used by the Met Office for space weather forecasts. Smith was awarded the Winton Award for his use of AI techniques to monitor and predict solar eruptions and their impact on Earth.
Award honours research on gendered experiences in engineering
A Civil Engineering graduate from Northumbria University has won the Rising Star – Contribution to Gender Diversity award at the 2023 Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Awards.
EXPERT COMMENT: The secret world of puddles
In an article written for The Conversation, Dr Mike Jeffries, Associate Professor of Ecology at Northumbria University discusses the conservation value of puddles which is still largely unappreciated.
EXPERT COMMENT: Antarctic study proves glacier has undergone irreversible retreat – highlighting potential for widespread ice loss
In an article written for The Conversation*, both from Northumbria University, Hilmar Gudmundsson, Professor of Glaciology and Dr Brad Reed, Research Fellow in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, alongside Mattias Green, Professor in Physical Oceanography at Bangor University discuss developments in the activity of the Pine Island glacier in the west Antarctic ice sheet.
Major Antarctic glacier passed a tipping point in the last 80 years, research reveals
Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has gone through an irreversible retreat, passing a tipping point within the last 80 years, researchers have found. The findings, which are published in the influential journal Nature Climate Change, have emerged when world leaders gather in Dubai to debate the impacts of climate change at the COP28 conference.
First university hosting of international volunteering conference highlights value of collaboration
Northumbria University has been confirmed as the first academic institution to host the prestigious International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) conference organised annually by the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, known as Forum, in 2024.
Northumbria Professor leads development of ‘wonder material’ for real applications
It’s the strongest material on Earth and has the potential to transform the performance and sustainability of everything from the cars we drive to the way we clean our drinking water.
Northumbria partners with ACCESS: Policy to give students unique access to the world of policy making
Ten students from Northumbria University are the first to take part in a new intensive programme providing an insight into addressing emerging global challenges through policy.
Read the latest issue of Northumbria University News: Autumn 2023 edition
The Autumn 2023 edition of Northumbria University’s newspaper is available to collect on campus or read online now.
Climate change is ‘in our hands’
Pupils from a North East Primary School have collaborated with scientists to design a board game which allows young people to explore the issue of climate change and discuss the actions that can be taken in response to this global challenge.
Uranus aurora discovery promises new riches from James Webb Space Telescope
After more than 30 years scientists have finally been able to confirm that the icy planet Uranus has an infrared aurora.
The discovery will provide insight into how magnetic fields on ice giants such as Uranus and Neptune behave and could even help astronomers use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to identify similar aurorae from planets outside our solar system.
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New map of 20th century land use in Britain helps researchers demystify biodiversity change
A collaboration led by Northumbria University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has for the first time mapped how land use changed across Britain throughout the last century. The new map reveals how and where some 50 per cent of semi-natural grassland was lost, including 90 per cent of the country’s lowland meadows and pasture, as the country intensified its agriculture.
EXPERT COMMENT: Increasing melting of West Antarctic ice shelves may be unavoidable – new research
In an article written for the Conversation, Jan De Rydt, Associate Professor of Polar Glaciology and Oceanography at Northumbria University, along with Ocean-Ice Modeller Kaitlin Naughten and Ocean and Ice Scientist Paul Holland, both from the British Antarctic Survey, discuss their recent research findings on the warming of the West Antarctic ice sheet.
Researcher’s knowledge called upon for new Netflix series, Life on Our Planet
Insights from an expert in past climates at Northumbria University have been used to help inform the science and technology behind a much-anticipated new Netflix series which promises to bring the Earth’s oldest creatures back to life.
Increased West Antarctic ice sheet melting is ‘unavoidable’, say scientists
The West Antarctic ice sheet will continue to increase its rate of melting over the rest of the century, no matter how much we reduce fossil fuel use, according to British Antarctic Survey (BAS) research, supported by Northumbria University, and published in the journal Nature Climate Change.