Understanding the European Greenhouse Gas Budget:
Towards supporting COP21

Meeting organised by the NERC Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Feedback Programme
Royal Society, London, 8-9 March 2017 (Wed/Thu) - Stakeholder session on Thu afternoon

This two-day meeting will review the current state of art of UK greenhouse gas research and monitoring, following recent and ongoing nationwide activities, and discusses key priorities and opportunities for the future. It will also provide a forum to connect the UK research community with relevant parties from government, industry and other stakeholders. To register, fill in the registration form. Information on venue, travel, etc. are on the main meeting page.


The first 1.5 days of the meeting will be a multidisciplinary exposition of current GHG research in the UK that will feed into discussions on future challenges and opportunities for the UK in the global context. The second half-day is focused on providing accessible material and results that will help transfer knowledge to stakeholders.

Note that detailed timings are subject to change.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017, 10:00-17:00 - Science Meeting

9:30-10:00 Tea and Coffee, Registration

10:00-12:30 Project Overview: The UK Greenhouse Gases Emissions and Feedback Programme
This NERC-funded research programme has developed a programme of comprehensive measurements, data analysis and modelling activities, focusing on the key greenhouse gases (GHGs) carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. Keynote talks present the main aims, structure, results and achievements if this and related initiatives.
Speakers include Paul Palmer (U Edinburgh), Andy Watson (U Exeter), Mat Williams (U Edinburgh)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Key Area 1: Integrated GHG Observing Systems
Building on the integrated UK GHG programme, we are now at the stage where the UK can play a leading science role in a new pan-European GHG observing system via a coherent measurement programme. Invited presentations in this session discuss current observing systems and future needs.
Speakers include Mat Disney (UCL), Simon O'Doherty (U Bristol), Bob Rees (SRUC), Ute Schuster (U Exeter)

15:00-15:30 Tea and Coffee

15:30-17:00 Key Area 2: Regional GHG budgets
Understanding and quantifying sources and sinks on a regional scale is essential for national and international monitoring and mitigation efforts. Invited presentations summarise recent progress towards regional GHG budgeting from systematic observations and targeted field campaigns, and the remaining challenges.
Speakers include Doug Clark (CEH), Neil Harris (Cranfield U), Kairsty Topp (SRUC)

17:00 End

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 9:30-13:00 - Science Meeting (contd.)

9:00-9:30 Registration

9:30-11:00 Key Area 3: Connecting the Scales - bottom-up and top-down
Understanding GHG fluxes requires analysis at multiple scales. In this session, invited speakers discuss how to upscale local measurements to larger scales, and how to use top-down methods to constrain GHG emissions.
Speakers include Pete Levy (CEH), Matt Rigby (U Bristol), Luke Smallman (U Edinburgh)

11:00-11:20 Tea and Coffee

11:20-12:30 Key Area 4: New Technology
Various new technologies for improved GHG measurements in the ocean, atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere were developed in the last few years during the course of the UK GHG Programme. Invited speaker discuss their technical and logistical aspects.
Speakers include Hartmut Bösch (U Leicester), Sylvia Toet (U York), Andy Watson (U Exeter)

12:30-13:00 A UK Roadmap for Future GHG Research
Engagement with the whole community of UK GHG researchers has been an important part of the UK GHG Programme. In this session, we present a community-designed roadmap to underpin future GHG science in the UK.

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Thursday, 9 March 2017, 14:00-16:00 - Stakeholder Meeting

13:00-14:00 Lunch and registration

14:00-14:15 The Importance of Greenhouse Gases (Speaker TBC)

14:15-14:30 The UK Greenhouse Gases Emissions and Feedback Programme - Achievements and Future Challenges
Prof. Paul Palmer (U. Edinburgh), Prof. Andy Watson (U Exeter), Prof. Mat Williams (U Edinburgh)

14:30-15:30 Panel Discussion with Q&A: Where do we go from here?
With questions and comments from the floor, the panellists discuss achievements and future challenges for the UK research community needed for understanding regional and global greenhouse gas budgets.
Chair: Helen Czerski (UCL)
Panellists include: Prof. Paul Palmer (U. Edinburgh), Prof. Richard Sanders (NOC Southampton), Prof. Andy Watson (U Exeter), Prof. Mat Williams (U Edinburgh)

15:30-16:00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 End