Many universities and research centres in the UK and across the world are
studying aviation and the environment. Here are some of the most prominent.
CATE undertakes research on a variety of issues,
from emissions measurements and modelling to modelling of global climate
impacts, biofuels, airport environmental capacity and its management,
community noise disturbance, carbon management and climate change
CATE also provides training to industry and government bodies across the
world and runs undergraduate and post graduate courses in the field of aviation
environmental management and the sustainability of air transport.
Cranfield is one of the world's leading aerospace
research centres and in recent years has played a key role in aviation
emissions modelling and noise management. It also specialises in issues such as
treatment of waste, water and contaminated soils.
The Tyndall Centre is a partnership of eight UK
universities and is headquartered at the University of East Anglia. It focuses
on the provision of a trans-disciplinary approach to research, assessment and
communication of climate change, in the global, UK and local contexts of
The Royal Aeronautical Society has a ‘Greener
By Design’ programme dedicated to independent research on Sustainable
A number of research projects are currently being
undertaken at King’s College London to help develop understanding of air
quality, its impacts and how it can be managed. They also operate London
Air - an information portal with data on London's air quality.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific body under
the auspices of the United Nations (UN) which aims to review and assess the
most recent scientific, technical and socio-economic information produced
worldwide relevant to the understanding of climate change.
The Airbus Noise Technology Centre is the result of
a long-standing collaboration between Airbus and the University of Southampton
on a range of noise research projects. The Airbus Noise Technology Centre is
the result of a long-standing collaboration between Airbus and the University
of Southampton on a range of noise research projects.
Hosted by Imperial College’s Department of Aeronautics, Green
Aviation is an integrated approach which draws on expertise within the
Imperial College engineering and science departments and its specialist
cross-disciplinary centres. Green Aviation’s research portfolio comprises the
four research themes of Low Emissions, Low Noise, Low Weight and Low
Maintenance, addressing this significant environmental challenge.
The University of Cambridge Institute for
Aviation and the Environment (IAE) unites the latest scientific research,
technological developments and economic thinking to address the needs of the
aviation and aerospace industries regarding the environment. The Institute
fosters a close alliance between academia, industry and government to
facilitate the transfer of knowledge by aligning world-leading research with
end-user needs and it liaises closely with industry and government to ensure
that its activities address the key questions of long-term importance to
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