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Manchester Environmental Research Institute

An aerial view of flooded houses.


The University of Manchester has a rich legacy of producing ground-breaking research. MERI harnesses and directs the expertise of our academic community to safeguard the natural environment and develop solutions and strategies for us to respond to our constantly changing planet.

Complex local, regional and global environmental issues can't be solved by just one discipline; it takes research from multiple areas to work together to provide solutions. We use our expertise in natural sciences, health care, agriculture, water and energy to tackle multi-faceted problems and help protect our world for the future.

Research facilities 

The Firs environmental research station is located on the University’s Fallowfield campus, approximately three miles south of the main campus. The site houses a suite of facilities for environmental research and monitoring, including a mobile air quality research laboratory that can gather detailed data on the contents of harmful urban air pollution.