Emma Littleton

University of East Anglia

PhD researcher

 

Duration of your PhD
October 2012 - October 2015

Thesis's Supervisor
Dr Naomi Vaughan

Funder
NERC

My Thesis' Abstract

Activities that offer the opportunity to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration, such as afforestation, may prove critical to efforts to limit climate change. In this study, a land surface model (JULES) containing a dynamic global vegetation model (TRIFFID) is used to explore a range of afforestation scenarios under future climate change. Simulations representing afforestation are compared against simulations representing natural succession on the same area of land. Climatology and land use from RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 are used to drive simulations covering the period to 2100. The carbon sequestration potential of afforestation, and its impacts on surface energy, flood, and fire risk, are explored.

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