My research focuses on the carbon cycle; land use change and greenhouse gas emissions; climate impacts on forests; mitigation of climate change through avoided deforestation, forestry and bioenergy; climate mitigation scenarios, emissions pathways and policy implications. I have extensive experience in science synthesis and communication with policy makers, industry and NGOs. I have been a lead author for the IPCC (Intergovenrmental Panel on Climate Change) for which we jointly received the Nobel Prize in 2007, and I continue to contribute to these Assessments. I was a convening lead author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
Land use change (mainly deforestation) accounted for between 7 and 39% of all carbon dioxide emissions in the 1990s. Whether we are at the high or low end of the range can make a difference to global average temperature of about 1 °C by the end of the century. This has serious implications for estimating climate impacts, and how to meet desired mitigation targets. Major decisions are being negotiated under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). The aim of my research is to provide a better evidence base for climate policy on climate mitigation targets and land based mitigation options.
For My Leverhulme fellowship I will evaluate different methods of estimating both land-based emissions and mitigation options (reduced deforestation, afforestation, management, bioenergy) including full life-cycle impacts and socio-economic context. The project will characterize uncertainty, recommend improved methodologies and provide robust evidence for policy making.
PhD, Bristol University, October 2010 “Terrestrial Ecosystems, Carbon Cycle and Climate Change”
First Class Honours in Human Environmental Science, Kings College London, University of London, 1988-1991
1994-2001 Co-ordinator of SCOPE tree-grass interactions and dynamics group
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