We have produced a document to develop a community-led roadmap to underpin future greenhouse gas (GHG) science in the UK on a decadal timescale.
The document is the result of a two-day community workshop held at the University of Leeds, 10-11 January 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to collect information from the GHG science community about the primary research foci for the UK research community in the next 10-20 years. Some of the document contents were later presented at the NERC GHG programme final science meeting at the Royal Society, 8-9 March 2017.
The foci presented here represent a balance between curiosity-led science and applied research that will help enable the UK to play a substantive leadership role in evaluating progress and impacts, at both the national and global scale, of the 2015 UNFCCC Paris agreement.
First, we describe the background and motivation for support of GHG science, formulate the science questions and priorities, and highlight some recommendations for integrated projects that cut across environment disciplines, e.g. atmospheric science, physical and biological oceanography, vegetation and landscape ecology, land use management, remote sensing etc.