Climate Change is a topic that has received significant attention in the recent years and it can be considered as the biggest environmental issue since the industrial revolution.
“Twenty-five years ago, people could be excused for not knowing much, or doing much, about climate change. Today we have no excuse.” — Desmond Tutu
Irrespective of the geographical boundaries, everyone is susceptible to the impacts of climate change including sea level rise, frequent occurrences of droughts and floods, higher temperatures, increase in rainfall- and landslide intensities, as well as increased frequencies of pests and disease outbreaks. Therefore it is a timely need to do more research in the field of climate change. Climate change is an interdisciplinary subject with a potential to conduct research in collaboration with many other institutions including private and public entities.
The main objective of the research group is to conduct research targeting Climate Change mitigation, Greenhouse gas inventorying, environmental issues and carbon cycle-related research and education in Sri Lanka and within the South Asian region. Students in the research group get the opportunity to work in the newly renovated Climate Change Research Laboratory in the Department of Zoology and Environment sciences and also to work with the collaborators from other local and international universities, research institutes, and private entities such as Dilmah Conservation. The research findings have been presented at various national and International Conferences and symposia, and several past students have won awards for presenting their research in such scientific meetings.
As humans it is our duty to make it a better planet. Research group on Carbon and Climate Change, together with their collaborators are working with the mission of generating new scientific knowledge on climate change related issues through multidisciplinary approaches.