Corinne Le Quéré

Tyndall Centre Director

Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS, is Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.
Prof Le Quéré leads the annual update of the Global Carbon Budget, an effort of the Global Carbon Project to provide the latest information global and national carbon emissions and their partitioning among the atmosphere, land and oceans, including their drivers. She is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change, and was author of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Prof Le Quéré is originally from Canada. She completed a Ph.D. in oceanography in University Paris VI (1999), an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University, and a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal. She has conducted research at Princeton University in the United States, at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, and at the British Antarctic Survey.

Research Interests
Prof Le Quéré’s core research area is on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle, including the drivers of human emissions. She made a number of advances in the quantification of the causes of variability and trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide over various time-scales, and spearheaded the development and use of carbon cycle models in carbon budgets. She has a growing interest in the interactions between climate change and human health.

Selected publications
Peters, G.P., R.M. Andrew, J.G. Canadell, S. Fuss, R.B. Jackson, J.I. Korsbakken, C. Le Quéré, and N. Nakicenovic (2017). Key idicators to track current progress and future ambition of the Paris Agreement. Nature Climate Change, 7, 118-122. 

Le Quéré, C. and 70 others (2016). Global Carbon Budget 2016, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 605-649.

Jackson, R.B., J.G. Canadell, C. Le Quéré, R.M. Andrew, J.I. Korsbakken, G.P. Peters, and N. Nakicenovic (2015). Reaching peak emissions. Nature Climate Change, 6, 7-10, doi:10.1038/nclimate2892.

Raupach, M.R., S. J. Davis, G. P. Peters, R. M. Andrew, J. G. Canadell, P. Ciais, P. Friedlingstein, F. Jotzo, D. P. van Vuuren, and C. Le Quéré (2014). Sharing a quota on cumulative carbon emissions. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate2384.

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Phone +44 (0)1603 592840

Postal Address
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, ZICER 1.18 University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.


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