Carbon on the move

Dr Ryan Pereira

Planet Earth is constantly evolving and has an ever-changing climate. We need to understand how human actions effect the world in which we live in the short and long term. It’s vital for future generations.


Central to this is our research into how carbon compounds move through the environment, from the land to the ocean and from the Earth’s surface to the atmosphere. Our specific area of research here, at the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt, is in how carbon compounds flow through water and how they change in time and space.

So, what difference does this make?

Well, understanding the movement of carbon compounds and their fate is vital to all life on earth – the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, everything’s effected in some way.

Improving our knowledge will help us live more sustainably and better understand our impact on the world.

Our work will inform what actions we can take to change how we live today to protect tomorrow.