Nature research In 'Our research' Climate Change Research at the University of BirminghamNature researchAdaptation and resilience researchClean transport researchEnergy transitions researchBusiness, law and financeBuilt environments Back to 'COP26' Our research explores how we can protect, preserve and restore biodiversity, through natural habitats and ecosystems. Research highlights The Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) provides fundamental science, social science and cultural research of direct relevance to global forested landscapes. WM-Air – the West Midlands Air Quality Improvement Programme - is an initiative to support the improvement of air quality, and associated health, environmental and economic benefits, in the West Midlands. The University of Birmingham is proud to host the UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences. The Water Sciences research base uses cutting-edge approaches to address key water challenges in a changing world. Experts at the University are helping to reduce the threat to humanity from food insecurity by safeguarding agrobiodiversity and improving its availability for crop enhancement. We are working to discover how organisms interact with microplastics in our rivers and oceans. Our Environmental Sciences Research focuses on major environmental science challenges such as air pollution, organic pollutants, climate change and extreme weather events. How can we assess the water pollution crisis threatening the health of India’s holiest river? How can we better predict extreme weather and water events in a changing world? How can agrobiodiversity help to safeguard food security in the face of climate change?