Understanding the Science

Seafloor sampling...
Helping us to answer the big questions in the 21st Century

Some of the biggest problems facing us in the new millennium will be caused by our 21st century lifestyle effecting the environment in which we live. We need to understand the causes of global warming and extreme weather conditions. Are these natural changes in the weather and climate? Or are they triggered and amplified as a result of the way we live today?

We know that the climate has changed in the past and we can see this if we look back through the geological record. What we see is that climate variation takes place over many different time scales of long and short duration.