Creating a University of Exeter Carbon Offset Fund-UECOF

Posted Posted in Carbon sequestration, Climate change, Climate Emergency, Outreach

What will we do to ensure future generations have a livable climate? Now that the University of Exeter has declared an Environment and Climate Emergency, we are faced with the challenge to reduce carbon emissions and/or offset carbon emissions we are unable to reduce. I proposed that we use our considerable research expertise in forests and carbon cycling and teaching to develop our own University of Exeter Carbon Offset Fund (UECOF).

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University of Exeter Declares an Environment and Climate Emergency

Posted Posted in Carbon sequestration, Climate Emergency, Ecosystem Services, Research, Teaching

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter, has issued a statement that the university has declared an Environmental and Climate Emergency. Under this declaration, the university will implement major changes in teaching, research, operations, and individual practices to reduce our carbon footprint. The Exeter Carbon Observatory can help to address the climate emergency by building regional capacity to educate, working with the public, and advancing research in the role of forest regrowth in removing carbon from the atmosphere. The statement from Professor Sir Steve Smith can be found here and below:

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Masters by Research – Geography – University of Exeter

Posted Posted in Carbon sequestration, Ecosystem Services, Research, Teaching

Geography, University of Exeter, now offers a Masters by Research programme that includes a variety of topics and research projects spanning vegetation and carbon cycling, soil, oceans, ice, rivers, and human geography. Options are available to do research on regional forests through the Exeter Carbon Observatory (contact Dr Ted Feldpausch).

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Mitigation potential of UK forests

Posted Posted in Carbon sequestration, Research, Teaching

I am currently a week into my data collection in Stoke Woods. The aim of my project is to calculate the above and below-ground biomass of three mixed broadleaf stands varying in ages (1862, 1916 and 1979).

The data collection involves different techniques to estimate the 4 main sub components (above-ground tree biomass, litter layer, coarse woody debris and soil organic carbon) in order to estimate the total biomass for each stand.

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Stoke Woods: The first ExCO field site in Exeter

Posted Posted in Research, Teaching

Last week the sun came back to welcome the implementation of the first ExCO field site! 

Activities for setting up the site’s carbon monitoring scheme have started in Stoke Woods. The ExCO is supported by University of Exeter’s Annual Fund and is led by Dr Luiz Aragao and Dr Iain Hartley. Our aim is to involve students from all levels and society in research carried out in the site. As a long-term initiative, we expect to be able to use it as a catalyst of information on the role of forests for mitigating global warming.

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