Queen's University Belfast

Palaeoecology Centre: research in environmental history


This outstanding Centre has played a pivotal role in researching and developing techniques for dating the past and serves as an exemplar for other countries wishing to set up similar ventures. It combines an internationally acclaimed tree-ring dating laboratory, a high precision carbon dating facility and an archive of dated wood from the British Isles. Together these enable the Centre to provide precise chronological frameworks in which environmental events, both natural and human induced, can be studied. This research also provides important information on more recent environmental change and a baseline against which future change can be measured.