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Skeletons and shells first came into being 550 million years ago as the chemical make-up of seawater changed, a study suggests.
Wood et al, Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Researchers from the School of GeoSciences find that the build-up of gravel deposited on Himalayan riverbeds after catastrophic events increases the risk of flooding in the Ganga Plain.


Dingle, Attal, Sinclair.  Nature April 2017
Scientists are preparing for the launch of a UK-French satellite that will measure greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, following official endorsement of the project today. The initiative will be the first European mission to monitor and characterise the flow of carbon dioxide gas from natural and man-made sources and its absorption by the atmosphere, ocean, and land.
Artist's impression of Microcarb satellite CNES
Academics from the School of GeoSciences awarded funds on two research projects as part of a £8.6m UK research programme on greenhouse gas removal.  New research will investigate ways to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to counteract global warming.
Greenhouse Gas Removal

Dr Stephen Brusatte, Chancellor’s Fellow in Vertebrate Palaeontology, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, is awarded the RSE/Makdougall Brisbane Medal.

Steve Brusatte
Studies looked at the occurrence of hundreds of meters thick belts of intensely fragmented dolostones along a major transpressive fault zone in the Italian Southern Alps.
Our Geoscientists are involved in many different activities at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. 
The University is to host the Scottish arm of Europe’s largest climate entrepreneurship programme.
Recently published findings on mortality rates over the UK have highlighted alarming variances between Scotland and the rest of the UK.


Deep-sea scientists have discovered that many areas of the ocean floor will be starved of food by the end of the century.