Dominick Spracklen


Humans are altering the composition of the atmosphere and transforming ecosystems with impacts on climate and the Earth System. Our research aims to understand interactions between the biosphere, atmosphere and climate and the ways that these are being altered by human activity.

Recent work

Tropical Mountain Forests an Important Global Store of Carbon

Spracklen and Righelato., Biogeosciences, 11, 2741-2751, 2014

Using high resolution data of elevation in combination with satellite data of forest cover, we showed that more than 75% of tropical mountain forests are on hill sides with slopes angles greater than 27o. The prevalence of steep hill sides in mountain forests means that the global area of tropical mountain forests is 40% greater than the area reported on maps. This means that tropical mountain forests are more important stores of carbon than previously thought. The figure shows the ratio of land surface area to planimetric area across the world's tropical forests.

Our paper was reported in Mongabay.

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Aug 2014 Cat Scott has been awarded a Springer Thesis Prize, awarded for an outstanding PhD thesis showing "scientific excellence and impact on research"..

July 2014 The first field campaign of our ORC3 project on marine organics is underway at the NCAS Cape Verde observatory. Updates soon from Hannah and others on their blog.

May 2014 The Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forests (LEAF) Research Centre gets a website. Bringing together research on forests from across the University of Leeds. And we have a logo:

April 2014 Cat Scott awarded the SEE Postgraduate Researcher Publication Prize.

April 2014 Saharan dust not the dominant factor in the current UK "smog" episode. Read the Press Release here.

February 2014 Our workshop on the environmental impacts of residential biomass combustion was covered by the Yorkshire Post.

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