Early Career Fellowship - Understanding land bases sources and sinks of carbon dioxide to inform climate policy.

Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively


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 of about 1 °C by the end of the century, with serious implications for estimating climate impacts, and how to meet desired mitigation targets. This project 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. It will characterize uncertainty, recommend improved methodologies and provide robust evidence for policy making. Major decisions are being negotiated under the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). The aim of this project is to provide a better evidence base for climate policy on global mitigation targets and land based mitigation options.
Period1 Nov 20111 Nov 2014
Held atLeverhulme Trust, United Kingdom