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LEAF scientists from the School of Earth and Environment have been awarded a NERC grant to study the complex interactions between tropical forests and rainfall. The Vegetation Effects on Rainfall in West Africa (VERA) project will be led by Professor Doug Parker and Dr Dominick Spracklen at the University of Leeds, in partnership with the…
Vegetation and peatland fires occur frequently across Southeast Asia. These fires result in extensive deforestation and forest degradation and release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the atmosphere. Particulate pollution emitted from these fires is of major concern because it has adverse effects on regional air quality, and consequently on human health….
Tropical mountain forests, forests growing at more than 1000 metres above sea level, are known to be important regulators of downstream water availability, as well as regions of high biodiversity. Their other roles, in terms carbon storage for example, are less well understood. The steep terrain means that measurements on the ground are difficult to…
The work of LEAF scientists from the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment featured recently in a study indicating that molecules emitted by trees are helping to form new particles in the atmosphere. The distribution of particles in the atmosphere controls various properties of clouds and the…
As part of their work with Yorkshire-based sustainability charity, the United Bank of Carbon (UBoC), scientists from the University of Leeds’ School of Earth and Environment hosted a cook stove workshop to highlight the global issue of the environmental and health impacts of household solid fuel use by about half of the world’s population. The…