Natural Environment Research Council

The mission of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) is to gather and apply knowledge, improve understanding and predict the behaviour of the natural environment and its resources. It was established in 1965.

NERC funds and manages research and training in earth system science, advancing knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system. Its work covers the full range of atmospheric, earth, terrestrial and aquatic sciences, from the depth of the oceans to the upper atmosphere. Because the environment is global, they work with scientists and other partners around the world.

NERC produces a number of resources which aim to support teaching about the environment in schools and encourage students to consider aspects of envrionmental science. These include animations and environmental issues leaflets. A set of video interviews present case studies in which NERC scientists discuss what their jobs entail and what they enjoy most about their chosen career.



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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have published a number of briefing notes and brochures which give excellent insights into some of the big environmental issues such as climate change, natural hazards, sustainable use of this planet's resources, biodiversity and pollution.

Two of these...

A series of videos, from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in which environmental scientists describe their work, what they enjoy most and how important their choices of A levels were. Environmental science covers a wide range of different careers with a common goal of understanding how our planet...

Planet Earth podcasts, from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and hosted by Planet Earth online, cover a variety of topics about the world around us. Each podcast reports on two to four different stories, describing research projects and studies, dangers to the environment and wildlife, and proposed...

Climate Change and Glaciers

This collection of resources consists of a set of lessons through which Key Stage Three students investigate the impacts of climate change on glaciers. The learning objectives are:

  • To understand the definition of a glacier
  • To understand what glacier mass balance means (what inputs mass and...