I am a Reader in Environmental Science and Policy with 25 years of research experience in environmental change, land-use and climate interactions, the carbon cycle and feedbacks, ecosystem services and climate policy. My science specialism is in land and climate interactions, including emissions of carbon dioxide from land use change (e.g. deforestation), climate mitigation potential from the land (e.g. afforestation, bioenergy), and implications of science for policy. I have over 40 journal publications (incl. Nature and Science), H-index 23. Extensive experience in knowledge exchange, policy advice and science impact. I am a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for which we shared the Nobel Prize in 2007. I was recently seconded for a year to the Government Office for Science as Head of Climate Advice, and regularly give advice to the UK Government and other organistations.
My research focuses on the climatic impacts of forestry, other land use and land cover change; mitigation of climate change in the land sector including avoided deforestation, forestry and bioenergy; climate mitigation scenarios; the carbon cycle; and policy implications. Land use change (mainly deforestation) accounted for around a third of historical man-made carbon dioxide emissions since 1850. Today the land sector accounts for around 10% of carbon dioxide emissions, and about 24% of all greenhouse gas emissions when methane and nitrous oxide emissions from agriculture are included. The land is also a natural sink for around a third of all anthropogenic CO2 emissions (fossil fuels plus deforestation). 196 countries recently signed the Paris Climate Agreement to limit warming to 2 degrees. About a quarter of the mitigation countries have pledged comes from land sector activities. Country pledges (Nationally Determined Contributions) so far are insufficient to limit warming to 2 degrees. The aim of my research is to provide a better evidence base for climate policy on climate mitigation targets and land based mitigation options.
Sept 2016 Reader, University of Bristol, Department of Geographical Sciences
Sept 2015 Senior Research Fellow, Uni Exeter, Department of Geograpy,
Oct 2015-16 Government Office for Science, Head of Climate,
(1 yr NERC secondment, 70% FTE)
2015 - 2016 Lecturer, University of Bristol
2011 - 2015 Leverhulme Fellow, University of Bristol
Jan-Sep 2011 IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit,
PIK, Potsdam, Germany
2004 - 2011 Science and Policy Officer, NERC-QUEST Programme,
University of Bristol
1999 - 2004 Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry,
1996 - 1999 Research Scientist, King’s College London
1996 Visiting Scientist, NREL, Colorado State University, USA
1992 - 1996 Research Assistant, King’s College London
1991 - 1992 Visiting Scientist, King Mongkut’s Inst. for Science and Technol.,
Education and Academic Record
Jan 2011 PhD, Faculty of Science, Bristol University.
1988-1991 BSc (1st Hons) Human Environmental Science, Kings College,
Uni of London.
Evidence of Esteem/External Visibility
Co-Chair, Global Cange Theme, University of Bristol.
Chair, Global Carbon Project Working Group on Land Use Change (2010 – present) International expert group of data providers and modellers including non-academic sectors, estimating global emissions from land use change for the Annual Carbon Budget, improving data and methods.
Chair, International Evaluation Committee for the ERA-NET Co-fund for Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse gases (The ERA-GAS consortium consists of 20 international partners including EU countries and New Zealand)
Author on international scientific assessments: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) - contributed to the last three Assessment Reports and to Working Group I Science, WG II Impacts, WG III Mitigation, also controbuted to the IPCC Greenhouse gas inventory good practice guidance methods; Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (convening lead author http://www.maweb.org/en/index.aspx); Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (2016).
Editorial board Member, Environmental Research Letters (from 2015)
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Dr House currently teaches 2 courses:
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