Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to investigate the potential contribution agroforestry can make to UK climate change mitigation effort. This 18-month position is part of the CALIBRE project funded by NERC’s ‘Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere’ programme. The ‘tree technology’ needed for carbon sequestration by agroforestry is already available to use on a mass scale, unlike other negative emission technologies, however there are significant policy and socio-economic issues that need to be addressed to unlock its potential in the UK. The successful applicant will focus on assessing the potential for greenhouse gas removal by agroforesty in the next 30-100 years through a desk-based study. The main contribution of this work will be to generate information needed for policy makers to justify action for meeting existing UK climate change mitigation commitments. We will adopt a multi-scale approach, looking at both national scale and farm scale potential.

The main modelling tool used for this research will be the The Sheffield Global Dynamic Vegetation Model (SDGVM) – a model that regularly contributes to the assessments of the state of the global carbon cycle. It will be used to predict the uptake of CO2 from different agroforestry strategies under varying climate change scenarios. Support will be provided in running the model, but the PDRA will design the model experiments and analyses the outputs.  The PDRA will also review current field/farm scale agroforestry models available to evaluate multiple benefits and trade-offs at farm scale.

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For more information about the post and how to apply, please visit the University of Reading web site.