Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere & Forest (LEAF) Centre

Rise of small-scale deforestation across the Amazon

October 24, 2018

A study from University of Leeds researchers, published earlier this year, found significant shifts in the deforestation dynamics of Amazonian forests. The Amazon Basin is home to over 5 million...READ ARTICLE

Warmer springs may actually reduce overall plant growth

October 16, 2018

An extensive study from LEAF scientists shows substantially reduced plant productivity across northern regions in the months following a warmer spring. Using 30 years of satellite images, an international team...READ ARTICLE

The bright ways forests affect their environment

August 20, 2018

For decades scientists have tried to find out why forests emit the volatile gases that give pine forests their distinctive smell. A new study led by LEAF scientists at the...READ ARTICLE

The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

August 9, 2018

The extent of pre-industrial era fires, and the cooling that occurs due to their particulate emissions, may have been significantly underestimated, according to a new study. Fires cause large amounts...READ ARTICLE

School children get involved in forest conservation work

July 23, 2018

By John Hodgson, Hardknott Forest Project Officer Restoring Hardknott Forest is a partnership between the University of Leeds and the Forestry Commission. Since January, John has been in post as...READ ARTICLE

Japanese knotweed is no more of a threat to buildings than other plants

July 17, 2018

By Karen Bacon – University of Leeds; article originally published on The Conversation. Japanese knotweed, a widespread invasive non-native species in the UK, is seldom out of the news and...READ ARTICLE