Professor David Beerling is a scientific advisor to both The Carbon Community and The Future Forest Company:
The Carbon Community is a new charity whose mission is to create forests and accelerate carbon removal, with breakthrough science. Their large-scale field trial aims to uncover a new reforestation approach, rooted in science, to increase carbon sequestration in trees & soil.
The Future Forest Company has acquired Glenaros, Isle of Mull, an 805-hectare site, which is being reforested for carbon sequestration and is designing new large-scale trials investigating co-deployment of enhanced rock weathering (ERW), biochar and reforestation.
LC3M Research Associate, Dr. Maria Val Martin, has been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship by the funding body UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a prestigious funding scheme that aims to develop a strong supply of talented individuals to boost research and innovation across the UK.
This funding will launch the first UK integrated study into the environmental risks associated with large-scale deployment of land-based strategies to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
Greenhouse gas removal with UK agriculture via enhanced rock weathering
In 2021, Professor Beerling and LC3M Co-Is were awarded a new £4.7M UK collaborative Greenhouse Gas Removal Demonstrator grant funded through UKRI and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Demonstrator builds on the success and leading reputations of LC3M researchers and aims to assist the UK Government in getting to net-zero in 2050. It marks a major expansion of our programme and involves our social scientists, earth system modellers and geochemists.
- UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Plynlimon experimental catchments (mid-Wales)
- Rothamsted Research grassland experimental platform in North Wyke, Devon
- Rothamsted Research cutting-edge arable research facility in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
- Professor Bridget Emmett, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- Professor Niall McNamara, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
- Professor Adie Collins, Rothamsted Research
- Professor Steve McGrath, Rothamsted Research
- Professor Rachael James, University of Southampton
- Dr. Christopher Pearce, National Oceanography Centre
- Professor Ros Rickaby, University of Oxford
- Professor Nick Pidgeon, University of Cardiff
- Professor Karen Henwood, University of Cardiff
- Professor Pete Smith, University of Aberdeen
- Dr. Phil Renforth, Heriot-Watt University
- Professor Steven Banwart, University of Leeds