Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

June5

Reimagining the Future of Urban Public Space

5th June 2017, Great Hall, University of Leeds, LS2 9JT

This one day event will bring together academics and practitioners to explore the current challenges facing, and ways of reinvigorating, urban public space.

The day will explore both a number of contemporary themes and the manner in which these are played out in different types of public spaces – such as parks and green spaces; brownfield regeneration areas; market areas; and commercial and retail zones. Our intention is to deliver the conference around these significant themes and to provide a forum to debate current issues and explore new collaborations. Potential questions for consideration include how might urban space be thought about and used in the future? What purposes might public space seek to secure? What are the core values of ‘publicness’ in public spaces? And how do public spaces become sustainable?

The event is being organised by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI), in collaboration with LEAF, the Sustainability Service, and academics from across the University of Leeds.

Find more information and register here: https://lssi.leeds.ac.uk/event/lssi-public-event-reimagining-the-future-of-urban-public-space/

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April29

Leeds Parks: Past, Present and Future

29th April - 1st May 2017, Roundhay Park Visitors' Centre, Leeds

To celebrate World Parks Week, this free exhibition from the Leeds Parks Project documents how Leeds parks have changed over time. It presents the findings of a major research project into public parks, and showcases a new collection of images of Leeds parks through time, submitted by members of the public.

Find out why public parks were first created, and how their founders hoped they would transform the city around them. Discover which parks in Leeds are the most popular, how they are used, how they benefit the public and what challenges they currently face. And explore people’s hopes and fears for the future of public parks, in a time of financial cutbacks and growing demand for access to green space. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

The main exhibition programme takes place between Saturday 29th April and Monday 1st May from 10 am – 4 pm, featuring displays, an image slideshow, activities for children, and the following events:

29 April, 2pm: Guided park history walk*
30 April, 2pm: Guided park history walk*
1 May, 1pm: Talk: history of Leeds parks

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March18

AirFest: Pollution, Trees & Well-being

18th March 2017, Educational Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Do you know how much air we breathe in a day? How clean is the air in our cities? What difference do trees make?

Come and take part in a wide range of fun, hands on activities about air quality, trees and urban well-being.

There will be a presentation about air quality in Sheffield; many activities exploring the air and trees; and a visit to the first air pollution garden in the UK.

11 am – 12 pm: Talk on Air Pollution in Sheffield – Making the Invisible Visible.
Please book here for the talk.

12 pm – 4 pm: AirFest Activities (Outside)
Booking not required – come along on the day

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February15

From lab – to rainforest – to lab: carbon-rich alternatives to slash-and-burn agriculture

15th February 2017, Level 8 Seminar Room (8.119), School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

On Wednesday 15th February we will be joined by Mike Hands (Inga Foundation), Antony Melville (Rainforest Saver) and Lachlan McKenzie (Tropical Permaculture Guidebook) for a discussion on the innovative techniques aiming to reduce deforestation in the tropics.

Mike Hands is a tropical ecologist and Founder of the Inga Foundation. During his research career, Mike advanced our understanding of the impact of slash-and-burn agriculture on rainforest soil and developed the Inga alley-cropping system as a sustainable alternative.

Mike will tell us about applying his research in Honduras and the sustainable, integrated rural livelihood that it has allowed farmers to develop over the past decade. The Guama Model in Central America (“Guama”= trees of the genus Inga in Honduras) includes Inga alley-cropping for food security in basic grains, the same system for cash-crops, Inga in wider planting configuration as shade or companion trees for fruit production, most notably Cacao. The final component, made possible by the successful implementation of these three, is reforestation by high-value timber trees.

Antony Melville helped set up the Rainforest Saver charity in 2007. He raises funds, promote awareness, and seeks new partners across the tropical Americas, for Rainforest Saver, while putting down permaculture roots in Oxford. Antony will describe Rainforest Saver’s work across Honduras, Cameroon and Ecuador, as well as the steps needed to establish carbon sequestration figures for the Inga-alley cropping technique.

Lachlan McKenzie has been involved in permaculture for over 20 years and is part of the Tropical Permaculture Guidebook International Edition Team. Lachlan will take us through a whole-systems permaculture approach to carbon capture and storage, as an important and currently un-tapped potential for the carbon market. Tree planting, reforestation and soil carbon sequestration are vital, but for farmers and communities in developing countries, integrating these approaches with permaculture design to provide multiple livelihood and food security opportunities on top of the carbon storage benefits leads to truly viable projects for all stake holders. By also addressing the causes of deforestation and soil loss through appropriate strategies and technologies, carbon storage as well as other environmental and social benefits are further enhanced.

This seminar will take place from 4.30 – 5.45 pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

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February14

Vegetation canopies – where land surface and atmosphere are intertwined

14th February 2017, Level 8 Seminar Rm (8.119), School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

On Tuesday 14th February the external seminar in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) will be given by Arnold Moene from Wageningen University.

Plants have a pronounced influence on processes in the atmosphere through their control of transpiration (cloud formation), CO2-uptake (global carbon balance) and energy partioning (convection). Vegetation canopies are also the location where the land surface and the atmosphere are intertwined. At this interface processes at very different scales come together: from the scale of individual stomata to the scale of the full atmospheric boundary layer. In this talk, Arnold will address how the processes in and above canopies can be understood when we focus on the peculiar characteristics of the turbulent flow in and above canopies, the energy balance (both at canopy level and at leaf level), and the biology related to carbon uptake. Arnold will focus on fluxes and variances of passive scalars (such as CO2, water vapour and various chemical compounds); in particular he will address the impact of the distribution of sourcs and sinks inside the canopy.

Arnold Moene is Associate Professor in the Meteorology and Air Quality Group at Wageningen University. The overarching theme of his research is atmospheric turbulence in relation to the Earth’s surface: flux measurement techniques (scintillometry), stable boundary layers (collapse), convective boundary layers (scalar similarity) and processes in and above plant canopies. Furthermore, he has a keen interest in teaching these subjects. In 2014 he published a textbook on Transport in the atmosphere-vegetation-soil continuum.

This seminar will take place at 2 pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

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January26

50 shades of green – the health risks and benefits of green space

26th January 2017, Level 10 Seminar Rm (10.125), School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

On Thursday 26th January we will be joined by Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen from ISGlobal in Barcelona to discuss the latest research around the health risks and benefits associated with exposure to green space.

Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen is a world leading expert in environmental exposure assessment, epidemiology, and health risk/impact assessment with a strong focus and interest on healthy urban living. He has experience and expertise in areas of all cause mortality, respiratory and cardiovascular disease, mental health and cognitive function, cancer and reproductive health, and exposure measurement and modelling of indoor and outdoor air pollution, green space, UV exposure, noise, temperature and physical activity, using new technology such as GIS, smartphones, personal sensors and remote sensing. His group recently developed the Urban and Transport Planning Health Impact Assessment (UTOPHIA) tool to assess the health impacts of urban and transport planning related exposures in cities.

This seminar will take place at 2 pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

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November16

Green Fiscal Policy in the Forestry Sector: Critical Issues and Opportunities

16th November 2016, Level 8 Seminar Rm (8.119), School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat from Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia will be hosted by the Environment & Development Research Group to discuss the role of green fiscal policy in the forestry sector as part of the Sustainability Research Institute‘s seminar series.

Dr. Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat is currently Director of Strategic Studies and Agriculture Policy and an Associate Professor on Forest Policy & Economics at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB). He has a PhD in forest policy and nature conservation from the Georg-August University of Goettingen, Germany. He has published numerous articles, papers and books on the subjects of forestry, environmental policy and socio-economics. He is member of the International Council of IUFRO (the International Union of Forest Research Organizations) and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forest Policy and Economics (Elsevier). Dr. Nurrochmat is actively involved in policy dialogues and served as an invited expert in several processes of policy making at regional (ASEAN), national, and local levels.

This seminar will take place from 4 pm until 5.15 pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

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June13

Biosphere-Atmosphere-Climate Interactions Meeting

13th June 2016, Liberty Building (School of Law) Lecture Theatre 1.28, University of Leeds

A research event for those working at the interface between the biosphere, atmosphere and climate. We’ll be hearing updates on research from across the Ecology and Global Change Group (EGC) in the School of Geography, and the Institute for Climate & Atmospheric Science (ICAS) and Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in the School of Earth & Environment – a provisional schedule is provided below:

10:00 am Introduction
10:10 am Ecology and Global Change Group
10:30 am Atmospheric Dynamics
10:50 am Coffee
11:00 am Climate Impacts
11:20 am Informing Decision Making & Disaster Risk Reduction
11:40 am Atmospheric Composition
12:00 am – 2:00 pm Discussion (inc. Lunch @ 12:30)

Everyone is welcome to join! Directions to the Liberty Building may be found here.

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June8

Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Anticipating, assessing and adapting to future change

8th June 2016, Level 8 Seminar Rm (8.119), School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

Prof. Mark Reed and Prof. Lindsay Stringer will be discussing land degradation, desertification and climate change, as part of the Sustainability Research Institute‘s seminar series.

Climate change and land degradation can drive or exacerbate one another through positive and negative feedbacks. Higher temperatures, changing precipitation patterns and more extreme weather combine with human-induced drivers to fuel soil erosion. In turn, severe land degradation reduces the provision of ecosystem services, with devastating consequences for food production, human wellbeing and the climate. Land degradation releases carbon which exacerbates climate change. Today approximately one-quarter of all human greenhouse gas emissions come from land use activities.

While much is known about the processes and effects of land degradation and climate change as individual problems, little is understood about the links between these two challenges. Less still is known about how these processes are likely to interact in different socio-ecological systems around the world and what this means for society’s abilities to adapt to these interlinked issues. This seminar presents highlights from a new book entitled “Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Anticipating, assessing and adapting to future change”. It places people at the centre of analysis and outlines ways in which people need to work together in order to anticipate, assess and successfully adapt to future change. It shows how some adaptations can tackle both climate change and land degradation, while at the same time protecting livelihoods and biodiversity.

About the Speakers:

Mark S. Reed is HEFCE N8 Professor of Socio-technical innovation at Newcastle University. He was previously Professor of Interdisciplinary Environmental Research at Birmingham City University and prior to that, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability at the James Hutton Institute and the University of Aberdeen. He is currently a coordinating author for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s first Global Land Outlook which is to be published on World Desertification Day (June 17th) 2017.

Lindsay C. Stringer is Professor in Environment and Development at the Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds. She was Director of the Sustainability Research Institute from 2011-2014. She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research on sustainable development in drylands in 2013 and is currently a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Africa Regional Assessment and Lead Author for the IPBES Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment.

The seminar will be held at 4pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

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May19

Environmental & Sustainability Research Event

19th May 2016, ODI Leeds - Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG

From 4 – 6 pm, Leeds based charities, community groups, and voluntary organisations active in environmental and sustainability issues will come together with academics from the University of Leeds. The aim of the event is to provide an opportunity to explore mutually beneficial opportunities and the potential to create new research agendas.

The event will also provide a networking opportunity for the sector and will be facilitated by Andy Goldring, CEO of the Permaculture Association and Director of Leeds Love it Share it CIC. The University of Leeds’ input will be led by Professor Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures and Co-founder of Leeds based low impact housing co-operative Lilac.

Places are limited so please register here if you would like to attend.

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April20

Regrowing the Rainforest: The Potential of Restoration for Carbon Sequestration and Biodiversity

20th April 2016, Seminar Rm 2 (8.11), Garstang Building, School of Geography

Charlotte Wheeler from University College London will be presenting her work on biodiversity and above ground biomass changes following deforestation and forest degradation.

Restoration of tropical forest to mitigate the effects of climate change has received increasing attention in the international political arena over recent years. This is only set to increase following the signing of the Paris agreement last year, which states that parties should ‘enhance forest carbon stocks’ over the coming decades in order to meet emission reduction targets.

Ecological restoration of degraded tropical forest is a promising option for enhancing terrestrial carbon storage, whilst also offering additional ecosystem services including biodiversity protection. However, to date research into the rate of carbon sequestration and the biodiversity co-benefits that restored tropical forest could offer are sparse. Results from two forest restoration sites with different disturbance histories, in Kibale National Park, Uganda and in the Yayasan Sabah forestry management area, Malaysian Borneo are presented. The potential of such ecological restoration projects within the broader context of landscape scale restoration is also discussed. With a focus on the importance ecological restoration in comparison to other high carbon density tree based agricultural systems.

The seminar will be at 2pm – directions to the School of Geography can be found here.

All welcome!

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March16

A New FoRCE for Tropical Forest Research and Management

16th March 2016, Level 8 Seminar Rm (8.119), School of Earth and Environment

Dr Andy Marshall from the University of York will be joining us to discuss forest research and conservation activities in the tropics.

Andy is a lecturer in the Environment Department at the University of York, and the Director of Conservation Science at Flamingo Land. Andy’s work ranges from ecological and social research in the tropics, to investigations into zoo exhibit design for animal welfare. To reflect this diverse range, Andy founded CIRCLE, a collaboration between the University of York and Flamingo Land whose mission is to use scientific evidence to guide biodiversity conservation, animal welfare and public understanding of the natural world.

Amongst other activities, CIRCLE coordinate the Udzungwa Forest Project in southern Tanzania which aims to better protect local forests through environmental education, community support, data collection, and lobbying for conservation action.

Andy will bring us the latest news from the Udzungwa Forest Project and present plans for a new tropical forest field research program in Tanzania, the Forest Restoration and Climate Experiment (FoRCE) aiming to improve our understanding of how forest degradation affects forest health.

This seminar will be jointly hosted with the Sustainability Research Institute and the Ecology and Global Change group.

The seminar will be held at 4pm – directions to the School of Earth and Environment can be found here.

All welcome!

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February10

Deforestation, Air Quality and Human Health

10th February 2016, Seminar Rm 2 (8.11), Garstang Building, School of Geography

Dr Carly Reddington from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS), in the School of Earth and Environment, will discuss the links between land-use change, fires, and air quality across the tropics.

In Brazil, recent reductions in the rate of deforestation have led to an improvement in regional air quality, saving up to 1,700 lives per year.

In contrast, rates of forest loss are still rising in Southeast Asia. Smoke emitted by forest fires here leads to ‘very unhealthy‘ (as classified according to the Air Quality Index) air quality, in the region’s cities.

Carly will take us through two case studies that use atmospheric observations and global modelling to explore the relationship between fires and air quality, and the implications for human health.

The seminar will be at 4pm – all welcome!

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October14

People Centred Conservation in Sinai

14th October 2015, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

On Wednesday 14th October, the Environment and Development group in the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) will be hosting a seminar by Dr Francis Gilbert of the University of Nottingham.

Francis will talk about the interaction between the traditions of local people and conservation of wildlife in the St Katherine protected area in South Sinai, Egypt.

Francis coordinates an international multidisciplinary team of colleagues who have initiated and carried out projects on biodiversity mapping, grazing, population dynamics of spiny mice, butterfly metapopulations, insect-plant interactions, ecological chemistry, plant population genetic structure, small mammal parasite communities, the diversity of ground beetles, spider diversity, the impact of introduced honeybees on native wild bees, the value of Bedouin gardens as refuges in the landscape, Bedouin ethnobotany, Bedouin environmental education, and the social anthropology of the South Sinai Bedouin.

The seminar will take place in School of Earth and Environment level 8 seminar room 8.119c at 12pm.

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September14

1st International Biomass Emissions Conference

14th - 15th September 2015, Faculty of Engineering, University of Leeds

Bioenergy is the most important renewable energy source globally, providing over 10% of the world’s primary energy, of which modern biomass contributes 38%. Sustainably-sourced bioenergy has the potential to make a major contribution to low carbon pathways in the UK and globally.

This September (14-15th), the University of Leeds is hosting the 1st International Biomass Emissions Conference, intended to stimulate discussions on the forefront of research in energy technology. The conference is suitable for scientists and researchers working in Energy Engineering, Policy and Climate from both academic and industrial backgrounds. An aim is to further enhance communications between scientists and engineers from academic institutions and industrial companies, and to foster new and substantial collaborations.

The conference will include plenary, oral presentations and poster presentations on a range of related topics from legislation and air quality, to the influence of feedstock parameters and emissions mitigation.

Speakers confirmed so far include representatives from EDF Energy, Drax, Danish Technological Institute, WWF and Veolia UK.

Head to the conference website for further details and to register. Deadline for poster abstract submission has been extended until Friday 21st August.

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March12

EGC-BAG Part II

12th March 2015, Room 2.10, Baines Wing

Throughout 2015, we’ll be hosting some smaller, more focused LEAF-related research meetings within the University and seminars featuring external speakers.

Our second meeting (a continuation of the first!) will be with the Ecology & Global Change (EGC) group from the School of Geography, and the Biosphere-Atmosphere Group (BAG) from the School of Earth and Environment.

We’ll be hearing about:

“Deforestation in Brazil: impacts on air quality and human health” from Carly Reddington (BAG)

The meeting will be held on Thursday 12th March from 12 – 1 pm in Baines Wing room 2.10 – everyone is welcome to attend.

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January27

ICAS Seminar

27th January 2015, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

On Tuesday 27th January the weekly external seminar in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) will be given by Lina Mercado from the University of Exeter.

Lina’s seminar will focus on modelling the impacts of climate and atmospheric composition on vegetation, including thermal acclimation of photosynthesis, and ozone effects on European forests.

The seminar will take place in the School of Earth and Environment level 8 seminar rooms at 2 pm.

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January15

EGC-BAG

15th January 2015, Room 1.40, School of Geography

Throughout 2015, we’ll be hosting some smaller, more focused LEAF-related research meetings within the University and seminars featuring external speakers.

Our first meeting will be with the Ecology & Global Change (EGC) group from the School of Geography, and the Biosphere-Atmosphere Group (BAG) from the School of Earth and Environment. We’ll have 2 x 20 minute presentations and then some time for discussion.

We’ll be hearing about:

“Constraints on land vegetation changes” from Manuel Gloor (EGC)

and

“Deforestation in Brazil: impacts on air quality and human health” from Carly Reddington (BAG)

The meeting will be held on Thursday 15th January from 12 – 1 pm in the School of Geography, room 1.40 – anyone with an interest in these topics is welcome to attend.

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November24

LEAF Launch

24th November 2014, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds

The launch event for the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest (LEAF) research centre will take place on Monday 24th November at the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds (Level 8 Seminar Rooms).

1.30 pm Coffee
2.00 pm Introduction to LEAF Dominick Spracklen – School of Earth & Environment
2.10 pm Diverse Fates of Degraded Tropical Forests Keith Hamer – School of Biology
2.30 pm Climate Compatible Development in Southern Africa Jen Dyer – School of Earth & Environment
2.50 pm ForestPlots.net: A Research Tool for Tropical Forest Tree Data Gabriela Lopez-Gonzalez – School of Geography
3.10 pm The United Bank of Carbon Jonathan Wild – UBoC Chairman
3.20 pm The Yorkshire Rainforest Project Samantha Gibson – Bettys and Taylors Group
3.30 pm Coffee
3.50 pm Understanding the Oxidising Capacity in Tropical Forests Lisa Whalley – School of Chemistry
4.10 pm 'These Trees Shall be my Books': British Forests, Literature, and the Humanities Amy Cutler – School of English
4.30 pm Big Questions in Forest Research: A School of Geography Perspective David Galbraith – School of Geography
4.50 pm Forest Impacts on Atmosphere, Clouds, and Climate Catherine Scott – School of Earth and Environment
5.10 pm Posters & refreshments

Everyone is welcome! Please register here if you would like to attend.
For guidance, our poster boards are A0 portrait.

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