"There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after." JR Tolkien


A byword for curiosity: study of the world and of human activity as it affects and is affected by our environment.

Why Study the Land Surface?

Because although the atmosphere and Ocean are the biggest impacts on climate, most of us live on the land.

My Research in Brief

Future interactions between climate and physical changes to vegetation and the land surface.

Research Highlights

Natural vs Anthropogenic Land cover change

Quantifying the relative importance of land cover change from climate and land use.

Afforestation and future climate

Should we be re-evaluating the role of afforestation in climate change mitigation policy?

GCM canopy interception capacity parameterisation

How much water can the vegetation canopy hold?

Land Use Change from Zero Agricultural Productivity Growth

The impacts on climate of expanding agricultural land

Blog Highlights

Beyond Land Use Change

There is a growing need to address climate forced changes to land cover, as well as looking at land use change.

Land Cover Change Quiz

We have a new paper in Global Biogeochemical Cycles and just for fun, we've put some of the results into a quiz.

Afforestation gives a net global climate warming

Afforestation - is it the environmental-climate win-win that we might hope?

IPCC colour scheme for the RCPs

The colour schemes for the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs) used in the IPCC AR5 report, in hex and RGB.