At GNS Science, we investigate past climate events and their impact on land and marine species in order to understand how climate change might affect the world in the distant future.

Exploring past climate events to plan for the future

We use ecosystem modelling (creating a numerical representation of an ecosystem, such as a 3D computer model) to improve our understanding of how the oceanic food web and, more broadly, the oceanic environment has been/might be affected by past and future/projected climate change.

This ‘climate impact’ topic is also supported by our expertise in the reconstruction of past conditions in the ocean and in terrestrial environments, by using both established (changes in microfossil species and their abundance) and newly developed (organic geochemistry proxies, such as alkenones, GDCTs, n-alkanes, etc.) methods.