Theme 1 – Earth System Science Modelling

Our Theme 1 programme is being developed across the following three strategic areas to address high-level questions concerning the capacity of rock weathering driven by intensively managed crops to capture carbon and ultimately affect future CO2-climate trajectories, ocean-atmosphere chemistry and marine ecosystems.

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Theme 2 – Fundamental Crop Weathering Science

Our Theme 2 programme is utilising world-class controlled environment facilities in Sheffield to elucidate mechanisms and genetic controls on weathering by major warm climate crops (maize and rice) to accelerate the development of new faster weathering varieties that maximise carbon capture and protection against pests and diseases, thus reducing pesticide usage and costs.

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Theme 3 – Applied Weathering Science

Our Theme 3 programme is undertaking large-scale field trials to address questions concerning rates of rock weathering in agricultural soils under natural conditions and how feedbacks, e.g., via nutrient release and pH change, may increase food/bioenergy crop productivity and slow soil greenhouse gas emissions.

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Theme 4 – Sustainability & Society

Our Theme 4 programme is addressing the real-world feasibility of enhanced weathering through integrated assessment modelling of its environmental and socio-economic impacts, assessment of a global sustainable supply chain capable of carbon capture and storage, and developing a responsible research and innovation framework.

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Beyond Carbon Pricing: Policies for Carbon Dioxide Removal

Jul 26, 2019

What policies are needed to implement carbon dioxide removal? Read the latest blog from LC3M Researcher, Dr. Emily Cox at Cardiff University and Neil Edwards, Professor of Earth System Science at the Open University.

“A major concern is that whatever the state of readiness of negative emissions technologies or ‘NETs’, the policy frameworks that would be needed to implement CO2 removal are almost non-existent. However, as we show in a new paper in Climate Policy (Cox and Edwards 2019), there may be more policies for carbon dioxide removal already in existence than we previously thought.”

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Job vacancy: Research Associate – LC3M Theme 1 ‘Earth Systems Modelling’

May 21, 2019

We are looking for a talented Research Associate to join our existing geochemical modelling team  to undertake (bio)geophysical reactive transport modelling of silicate mineral dissolution and the associated interactions with soils, working collaboratively with Professor David Beerling FRS  at the University of Sheffield and Professor Steve Banwart at the University of Leeds.

Applicants will have a PhD in modelling geochemical processes with PhreeqC or related platforms and outstanding expertise in using PhreeqC, and/or related aqueous geochemical modelling platforms, and other standard software packages, including MATLAB.

For more information and how to apply: www.jobs.ac.uk
Application deadline: 19th June 2019

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Can plants help us avoid a climate catastrophe?

May 9, 2019

Read David Beerling’s blog, with Oxford University Press, on why we actually have to start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, safely and affordably, within the next 20 years. Drastic phase-down of our carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels will be insufficient to avoid catastrophic human-caused climate change. Enter, the kingdom of plants…
Hundreds of millions of years ago, plants bioengineered a cooler climate as the spread of forests lowered atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. We now think it may be possible to mimic those processes to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere…

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