University of East Anglia

Tracking climate change

University of East Anglia is home to one of the leading institutions involved in the research of climate change.

The Climatic Research Unit was founded in 1972 and is responsible for keeping measure of the weather around the world; and compiling temperature records from more than 5,500 weather stations globally to see how climates are changing.

By studying what the climate was like hundreds, thousands and even millions of years ago by measuring changes in fossils, tree rings and ice cores, scientists can track changes in the climate.

By trawling ships’ logs, people’s diaries dating back 750 years, and other evidence dating back as far as AD 800, they are able to find out what climates were like before widespread temperature records began in 1856, and give valuable insight that help with weather predictions and global warming research.

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