Theme 1 – Earth Systems 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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PhD Studentship at University of Sheffield: ‘Enhancing the soil carbon sink: towards defining and quantifying new stabilising mechanisms’

Nov 20, 2017

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship with the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation at the University of Sheffield as part of the NERC funded Doctoral Training Partnership “ACCE” (Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment).

The post would suit a motivated student interested in ‘climate-smart soil’ research, with enthusiasm for a mix of laboratory and computer-based work. The student will gain excellent training in a range of cutting-edge transferable skills in soil science, including advanced spectroscopic and C-isotopic techniques.

For further information and details of & how to apply, please follow this link: Find a PhD.com

Closing date: 9th January 2018

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PhD Studentship at University of Southampton: ‘Can enhanced rock weathering be used as an effective climate change mitigation strategy?’

Nov 20, 2017

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to evaluate ERW in agricultural sites (corn/soy and oil palm) in Illinois, USA, and Malaysian Borneo respectively. The student will take part in fieldwork and quantify will the extent of CO2 drawdown by chemical weathering processes through analysis of the elemental and stable isotopic (e.g. Sr, Mg, Li) composition of stream, soil, and plant samples. The project will be supervised by Prof. Rachael James, Dr Grace Andrews and Dr Chris Pearce as part of the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M).

For full details, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit http://noc.ac.uk/gsnocs/project/can-enhanced-rockweathering-be-used-effective-climate-change-mitigation-strategy

Applications close: 5th January 2018

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Rock, paper, mini-series

Apr 5, 2017

Biology Letters has just published a mini-series on “Enhanced rock weathering: biological climate change mitigation with co-benefits for food security”. To coincide with publication, we asked Guest Editor, Professor David J. Beerling FRS, why he commissioned this series and what the research can tell us about the future.

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