Active Projects

Restoring Hardknott Forest

The Restoring Hardknott Forest Project is a partnership between Forestry England and the University of Leeds. We are combining practical conservation, informed by research and monitoring, to create and restore 630 hectares of native woodland and other wildlife rich habitats.


Project “KaLi” (Kalimantan Lestari – Sustainable Kalimantan) will investigate the causes and possible solutions of Indonesian wildfires. This project is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund.


Deforestation and forest degradation are rapidly impacting natural forests around the world. DECAF is a 5-year project (2018-2023) funded through the European Research Council (ERC). We are studying the impacts of deforestation and forest degradation on local and regional climate and the interactions between deforestation, forest degradation, fires and climate.

Air Quality in Adia

Seventy percent of the adverse health impacts of air pollution occur in Asia. We use models and measurements to help understand the impacts of air pollution across Asia and to help design effective strategies to rapidly improve air quality. The project is funded by AIA Group.

Completed Projects


The South American Biomass Burning Analysis (SAMBBA) project is an international consortium to investigate the properties of biomass burning pollution over South America.

Evaluating Atmospheric Composition Simulated by Earth System Models

This project will develop observation-based metrics for evaluation on atmospheric composition simulated by Earth system models. In particular, we will focus on the ability of models to simulate variability in aerosols and ozone on daily to inter-annual timescales, and emission-driven trends over recent decades. The project is a collaboration between the University of Leeds, the University of York and the Met Office.

The Amazon hydrological cycle: past, present and future

This project is using novel measurements of oxygen isotopes in tree rings from across the Amazon basin to deduce changes in the water cycle over the past century. The project is led by Prof. Manuel Gloor in the School of Geography, and will involve integrating these observations with simulations of isotopic fractionation, and its dependencies on precipitation, water cycling / evapotranspiration, and moisture transport. Our group are involved in the modelling aspects of the project, including using our expertise in Lagrangian modelling to investigate changes in atmospheric transport and water cycling in the Amazon region over recent decades.

BORNET-Eurasia (Eurasian Boreal Network for land-atmosphere-climate interactions)

The BORNET-Eurasia project aims to build capacity for a new joint research programme between European and Russian scientists, focussed on probing natural and man-made influences on short-lived climate pollutants over the Eurasian Arctic and boreal forest. As part of the project, we will collate avalable data from this remote region to evaluate existing multi-model experiments. this remote The project is being undertaken in close collaboration with scientists involved in the Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX) programme.

Oceanic reactive carbon: chemistry-climate impacts (ORC3)

This project aims to better understand oceanic emissions of reactive organic compounds, how they modify oxidative capacity and aerosol in the marine atmosphere, and the implications for the natural climate system. The project is in collaboration with Dwayne Heard in the School of Chemistry and with the University of York. The project involves both modelling and field work. Two 4-week field campaigns will take place at the NCAS Cape Verde observatory in early and late summer 2014.