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By Cat Scott (@catzigle) – University of Leeds Our recent research indicates that deforestation might be warming the climate even more than we thought. How cool are trees? We know that trees and forests affect the climate in a variety of ways. They’re constantly taking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air and storing it…
An international competition to estimate the diversity of plants across the whole of Britain has shown that mathematical modelling techniques are ‘coming of age’. Models are widely used by scientists to estimate the biological diversity of particular habitats, regions, countries and even continents, and to assess how this might be changing over time. Using models,…
The remaining undisturbed rainforests in Borneo, some of the world’s tallest and most carbon-dense, have been removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over the past 50 years, a new study shows. The research, led by the University of Leeds, found that while the intact forest area has declined, those that remain have increased in biomass….
An international team of scientists, led by LEAF members at the University of Leeds, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change. Their study, published recently in Nature Geoscience, shows that the cooling effect of natural atmospheric particles is greater during warmer years and could therefore slightly reduce…
By Suzanne Stas (@SuzanneStas) – University of Leeds I am researching the impacts of forest degradation on carbon storage in the Khe Nuoc Trong forest in Vietnam in a partnership between the World Land Trust (WLT) and University of Leeds. Last year we set up 24 sampling plots across the Khe Nuoc Trong forest and…
By Abyed Chowdhury This summer I undertook an 8 week Research Experience Placement in the School of Earth and Environment. I was contributing to the i-Tree Leeds project by working out the economic value of the trees in St. George’s Field, located in the north side of the University of Leeds campus. St. George’s Field…
During the Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation, pupils counted, identified and measured the trees in and around their school grounds. Using these pieces of information, the pupils were able to estimate the amount of carbon stored in their trees and how much they are helping to tackle climate change. Over 6,000 trees were counted during the…
By Suzie Robinson I was working with Cat Scott on my 4 week summer research placement- BBC Terrific Scientific: woodland resources and UK schools. My project involved analysing the data collected by children in their primary schools all across the UK during the BBC scheme in May. I used i-Tree (a software that provides urban…
Scientists from the School of Geography are involved in a study that finds at least 9% more forest cover across the globe than was previously assumed. By using very high resolution satellite imagery available through Google Earth, they found an additional 467 million hectares of forest in the world’s drylands – arid areas that cover…
This May, primary school children around the UK will be leaving their classrooms behind to explore the trees in and around their school grounds, as part of the BBC’s Terrific Scientific Trees Investigation. Terrific Scientific is BBC Learning’s science project for 2017, with investigations on Time, Taste, Water, Trees and Forces taking place throughout the…