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Researchers at the University of Leeds have found that a vital rainforest process, known as rainfall recycling, is predicted less reliably by scientific models in the Amazon than the Congo. The study was published recently in Geophysical Research Letters and is freely available online. Rainfall recycling is an important process in tropical regions and may…
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A recent study shows that cloud cover is increased over most temperate and boreal forests in comparison to non-forest landscapes. However, over the Amazon, Central Africa, and the Southeast US, cloud cover is reduced over forests. The study was led by Ru Xu and Yan Li, at Beijing Normal University, and involved collaboration with Dominick…
Three new PhD opportunities to research landscape scale upland restoration are being advertised at the University of Leeds (deadline: 11/04/22). Restoration of degraded landscapes is needed to help address the climate emergency and the biodiversity crisis. In England, landscape recovery is now a core component of future farming policy and a new scheme supports landowners…
A team of Brazilian and British scientists have discovered that extreme wind and water-deficiency are the main causes of tree death in the southern Amazon. Their study is available with free online access via the Journal of Ecology.   This new research reveals that more than 70% of all trees dying at the edge of…
There are 14% more tree species in the world than we previously thought, according to a new study, authored by an international group of 146 scientists. Amongst these were Simon Lewis and Oliver Phillips, who are based at the University of Leeds. Using the largest forest database yet assembled, the team suggest that there are…
A recently published paper has shown that upland woodlands are able to reduce flooding downstream, compared to other common upland land uses. In today’s guest blog, the authors share and discuss their findings. Felicity Monger is a PhD researcher studying woodlands and flooding, Robin Hayward is the LEAF Communication and Engagement Officer, Prof. Dominick Spracklen…
Daisy Cooper MP and Dr Cat Scott of the University of Leeds call for central government funding to support woodland creation alongside the planting and maintenance of trees outside woodlands, with support for local authorities to monitor this and coordination across all four nations of the UK. Planting and restoring trees and woodlands will play…
In July 2019, UBoC and LEAF published the University of Leeds i-Tree report, as part of the ongoing Leeds4Trees project which is exploring the value of trees and greenspaces across the city of Leeds. The project formed part of the Sustainability Service’s Living Lab initiative, to use the university campus as a test bed for…
A new flagship restoration project showcasing an alternative future for the UK’s uplands has been launched.   Wild Ingleborough aims to restore an iconic area in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, around Ingleborough – the second highest peak in the Dales. The project is a partnership between the University of Leeds, WWF, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Natural England, the United Bank of Carbon and…