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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Welcome to LC3M

Feb 12, 2018

An introduction to the Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation (LC3M) and its research programme to objectively investigate enhanced rock weathering with croplands as a strategy for safely removing CO2 from the atmosphere to cool the planet.
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David Beerling: How can we harness global croplands for climate and food security?

Jan 8, 2018

Presented at the New Phytologist next generation scientists 2017 conference, John Innes Centre, Norwich, 24th July 2017.

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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

Closing date: 9th January 2018

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