Hidden ‘star’ sand dune mystery solved by ancient find

04 March 2024

Scientists have solved the mysterious absence of star-shaped dunes from Earth’s geological history for the first time, dating one back thousands of years.  

Royal Charter storm of 1859: how an almighty tempest led to the birth of the UK’s shipping forecast

25 October 2023

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Cerys Jones from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences discusses the Royal Charter Storm of 1859 and its enduring impact on weather forecasting in the UK and beyond.

What will happen to the Greenland ice sheet if we miss our global warming targets

19 October 2023

In an article for The Conversation, Professor Bryn Hubbard from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences writes about a new study which suggests that the ice will survive if temperatures are soon brought back down.

Stonehenge Altar Stone did not come from Wales – research

17 October 2023

The origin of the largest “bluestone” at the heart of Stonehenge has been thrown into doubt by Aberystwyth University research.

Twenty-three million exposed to metal mining contamination – study

22 September 2023

Twenty-three million people around the world are believed to be affected by potentially dangerous concentrations of toxic waste, according to a new study.

Archaeologists discover world’s oldest wooden structure

20 September 2023

Half a million years ago, earlier than was previously thought possible, humans were building structures made of wood, according to new research by a team from the University of Liverpool and Aberystwyth University.

Wales’ residential speed limit is dropping to 20mph – here’s how it should affect accidents and journey times

15 September 2023

Writing in The Conversation, Professor of Psychology Charles Musselwhite and Professor of Human Geography Peter Merriman discuss the drop in Wales’ residential speed limit to 20mph and how it should affect accidents and journey times.

Research on rural support for disruptive political movements wins major European grant

30 March 2023

The relationship between voter discontent in rural areas and support for disruptive political movements in Europe and the United States will be explored in a major study by an Aberystwyth University professor, following the award of a prestigious grant.

Distinguished Aber Geographers celebrate their Diamond Wedding

13 September 2022

On 12th August 1961, John Rodda and Annabel Edwards were married in the charming 15th century parish church of Knowle in Warwickshire. They first met in the South Practical Room in what was then the Department of Geography and Anthropology on the old foundry site in Alexandra Road.

Climate change research festival at Aberystwyth University looks ahead to COP26 challenges

06 October 2021

Climate change experts will gather at Aberystwyth University for a week of events to discuss challenges ahead of the COP26 summit.

Microbe build-up on Greenland could mean more ice loss says research

25 June 2021

The Greenland Ice Sheet could be under threat from microbes on its surface multiplying faster than they are washed away in a warming climate, according to new research from Aberystwyth University.

Online engagement event set to encourage Girls into Geoscience

11 June 2021

Young female and nonbinary people across the UK and Ireland are being encouraged to consider a career in geoscience with a virtual event day in June.

Fibre-optics used to take the temperature of Greenland Ice Sheet

14 May 2021

Scientists have used fibre-optic sensing to obtain the most detailed measurements of ice properties ever taken on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

92% of Alpine glaciers could disappear by the end of this century, researchers say

07 December 2020

Climate change could result in the loss of up to 92% of glaciers in the Alps by the end of this century according to new research findings.

Sea-level rise will have complex consequences

05 November 2020

Rising sea levels will affect coasts and human societies in complex and unpredictable ways, according to a new study that examined 12,000 years in which a large island became a cluster of smaller ones.

Study highlights climate mitigation potential of encouraging Earth’s forests to regenerate naturally

12 October 2020

Allowing forests to grow back naturally should be considered alongside other measures like large-scale tree-planting as a critical nature-based approach to mitigating climate change, according to a major new study that maps potential aboveground carbon accumulation rates for forest regrowth across the globe.

EU funding boost for climate change research

30 July 2020

Three major research projects involving Aberystwyth University scientists have been awarded additional European Union funding of €4.5m (£3.9m).

New platform helps protect and restore threatened mangroves

28 July 2020

A new interactive tool to help conserve and restore the world’s mangrove forests has been launched by a team of international scientists including Aberystwyth University.

‘Sweeping success’ for Aberystwyth University in Welsh awards

16 July 2020

Aberystwyth University is celebrating after its lecturers won almost every award for excellence in Welsh-medium education this year.

Drones capture Greenland ice sheet fracturing as meltwater lake drains

11 December 2019

Aberystwyth University researchers have contributed to a study investigating how the world’s second-largest ice sheet, and the single largest contributor to global sea level rise, is responding to the catastrophic drainage of large meltwater lakes that form on its surface.

Aberystwyth University declares climate emergency and commits to reducing fossil fuel investments

25 November 2019

Aberystwyth University has joined organisations around the world in declaring a climate emergency and has taken steps to reduce its investments in fossil fuels.

What life was like in mental hospitals in the early 20th century

25 November 2019

Writing in The Conversation, Dr Elizabeth Gagen from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, creates a portrait of Cefn Coed Hospital, which operated in Wales between 1932-2018, and provides a unique insight into life at a mental hospital.

Aberystwyth University pledge to reduce its use of single use plastic

22 October 2019

Aberystwyth University has pledged to continually reduce its use of single use plastic.