Biography

I am Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.

I conduct research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. My research has contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the land and ocean carbon sinks, and understanding the drivers of CO2 emissions. In the ocean, I developed the application of Plankton Functional Types to marine biogeochemical modelling to improve the representation of marine ecosystem functioning and their interactions with climate in global biogeochemistry models.

I also instigated and lead the annual update of the 'Global Carbon Budget' as part of the Global Carbon Project, a community effort to provide timely delivery of policy-relevant carbon research, and assist the international policy process to address climate change. I was author of multiple assessments reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel price prize in 2007. I am a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. I received multiple awards, most recent the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2015). I was elected fellow of the Royal Society in 2016.

I am originally from Canada. I completed a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal (1990), an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University (1992), and a Ph.D. in oceanography at University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI, 1999). I also hold a one-year university degree in Anthropology from the University of Montréal (1987). I conducted research at Princeton University in the US (1992-1996) and at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany (2000-2004). From 2005 to 2010 I was working jointly between the UEA and the British Antarctic Survey.

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Jackson, R. B., Canadell, J. G., Le Quere, C., Andrew, R., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Nakicenovic, N.

(2016)

Reaching peak emissions,

in Nature Climate Change

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pp. 7-10

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Le Quere, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Korsbakken, J. I., Friedlingstein, P., Peters, G. P., Andres, R., Boden, T. A., Houghton, R. A., House, J. I., Keeling, R. F., Tans, P., Arneth, A., Bakker, D. C. E., Barbero, L., Bopp, L., Chang, J., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Fader, M., Feely, R., Gkritzalis, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Ilyina, T., Jain, A., Kato, E., Kitidis, V., Klein Goldewijk, K., Koven, C., Landschutzer, P., Lauvset, S. K., Lefevre, N., Lenton, A., Lima, I., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Munro, D., Murata, A., Nabel, J., Nakaoka, S., Nojiri, Y., O'Brien, K., Olsen, A., Ono, T., Perez, F., Pfeil, B., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rehder, G., Rodenbeck, C., Saito, S., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Seferian, R., Steinhoff, T., Stocker, B., Sutton, A., Takahashi, T., Tilbrook, B., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., van Heuven, S., Vandemark, D., Viovy, N., Wiltshire, A., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N.

(2015)

Global Carbon Budget 2015,

in Earth System Science Data

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pp. 349-396

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Le Quéré, C., Capstick, S., Corner, A., Cutting, D., Johnson, M., Minns, A., Schroeder, H., Walker-Springett, K., Whitmarsh, L., Wood, R.

(2015)

Towards a culture of low-carbon research for the 21st Century,

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Le Quere, C., Takahashi, T., Buitenhuis, E., Rodenbeck, C., Sutherland, S.

(2010)

Impact of climate change and variability on the global oceanic sink of CO2,

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

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pp. GB4007

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Le Quere, C., Raupach, M., Canadell, J., Marland, G., Bopp, L., Ciais, P., Conway, T., Doney, S., Feely, R., Foster, P., Friedlingstein, P., Gurney, K., Houghton, R., House, J., Huntingford, C., Levy, P., Lomas, M., Majkut, J., Metzl, N., Ometto, J., Peters, G., Prentice, I., Randerson, J., Running, S., Sarmiento, J., Schuster, U., Sitch, S., Takahashi, T., Viovy, N., van der Werf, G., Woodward, F.

(2009)

Trends in the sources and sinks of carbon dioxide,

in Nature Geoscience

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pp. 831-836

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Le Quere, C., Rodenbeck, C., Buitenhuis, E., Conway, T., Langenfelds, R., Gomez, A., Labsucchagne, C., Ramonet, M., Nakazawa, T., Metzl, N., Gillett, N., Heimann, M.

(2007)

Saturation of the Southern Ocean CO2 sink due to recent climate change,

in Science

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pp. 1735-1738

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Kohfeld, K., Le Quéré, C., Harrison, S., Anderson, R.

(2005)

Role of marine biology in glacial-interglacial CO cycles,

in Science

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pp. 74-78

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Le Quere, C., Harrison, S., Prentice, I., Buitenhuis, E., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Claustre, H., de Cunha, L., Geider, R., Giraud, X., Klaas, C., Kohfield, K., Legendre, L., Manizza, M., Platt, T., Rivkin, R., Sathyendranath, S., Uitz, J., Watson, A., Wolf-Gladrow, D.

(2005)

Ecosystem dynamics based on plankton functional types for global ocean biogeochemistry models,

in Global Change Biology

pp. 2016-2040

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Buitenhuis, E. T., Suntharalingam, P., Le Quéré, C.

(2018)

Constraints on global oceanic emissions of N2O from observations and models,

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 2161-2175

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Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Friedlingstein, P., Sitch, S., Pongratz, J., Manning, A. C., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Canadell, J. G., Jackson, R. B., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Andrews, O. D., Arora, V. K., Bakker, D. C. E., Barbero, L., Becker, M., Betts, R. A., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Cosca, C. E., Cross, J., Currie, K., Gasser, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Haverd, V., Houghton, R. A., Hunt, C. W., Hurtt, G., Ilyina, T., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Kautz, M., Keeling, R. F., Klein Goldewijk, K., Körtzinger, A., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lenton, A., Lienert, S., Lima, I., Lombardozzi, D., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Monteiro, P. M. S., Munro, D. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nakaoka, S., Nojiri, Y., Padin, X. A., Peregon, A., Pfeil, B., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rehder, G., Reimer, J., Rödenbeck, C., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Skjelvan, I., Stocker, B. D., Tian, H., Tilbrook, B., Tubiello, F. N., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., van Heuven, S., Viovy, N., Vuichard, N., Walker, A. P., Watson, A. J., Wiltshire, A. J., Zaehle, S., Zhu, D.

(2018)

Global Carbon Budget 2017,

in Earth System Science Data

10

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pp. 405-448

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Milner, J., Harpham, C., Taylor, J., Davies, M., Le Quéré, C., Haines, A., Wilkinson, P.

(2017)

The Challenge of Urban Heat Exposure under Climate Change: An Analysis of Cities in the Sustainable Healthy Urban Environments (SHUE) Database,

in Climate

5

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pp. 93

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Peters, G. P., Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Friedlingstein, P., Ilyina, T., Jackson, R. B., Joos, F., Korsbakken, J. I., McKinley, G. A., Sitch, S., Tans, P.

(2017)

Towards real-time verification of CO2 emissions,

in Nature Climate Change

7

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pp. 848-850

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Jackson, R. B., Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Peters, G. P., Roy, J., Wu, L.

(2017)

Warning signs for stabilizing global CO2 emissions,

in Environmental Research Letters

12

(11)

article no. 110202

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Andrews, O., Buitenhuis, E., Le Quéré, C., Suntharalingam, P.

(2017)

Biogeochemical modelling of dissolved oxygen in a changing ocean,

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

375

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article no. 20160328

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Pickers, P. A., Manning, A. C., Sturges, W. T., Le Quéré, C., Mikaloff Fletcher, S. E., Wilson, P. A., Etchells, A. J.

(2017)

In situ measurements of atmospheric O2 and CO2 reveal an unexpected O2 signal over the tropical Atlantic Ocean,

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

31

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pp. 1289–1305

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Peters, G. P., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Fuss, S., Jackson, R. B., Korsbakken, J. I., Le Quéré, C., Nakicenovic, N.

(2017)

Key indicators to track current progress and future ambition of the Paris Agreement,

in Nature Climate Change

7

(2)

pp. 118-122

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Le Quéré, C.

(2016)

The implications of COP21 for our future climate,

in Public Health Reviews

37

article no. 29

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Li, W., Ciais, P., Wang, Y., Peng, S., Broquet, G., Ballantyne, A. P., Canadell, J. G., Cooper, L., Friedlingstein, P., Le Quéré, C., Myneni, R. B., Peters, G. P., Piao, S., Pongratz, J.

(2016)

Reducing uncertainties in decadal variability of the global carbon budget with multiple datasets,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

113

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pp. 13104-13108

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Le Quéré, C., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Ivar Korsbakken, J., Peters, G. P., Manning, A. C., Boden, T. A., Tans, P. P., Houghton, R. A., Keeling, R. F., Alin, S., Andrews, O. D., Anthoni, P., Barbero, L., Bopp, L., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Currie, K., Delire, C., Doney, S. C., Friedlingstein, P., Gkritzalis, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Haverd, V., Hoppema, M., Klein Goldewijk, K., Jain, A. K., Kato, E., Körtzinger, A., Landschützer, P., Lefèvre, N., Lenton, A., Lienert, S., Lombardozzi, D., Melton, J. R., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Monteiro, P. M. S., Munro, D. R., Nabel, J. E. M. S., Nakaoka, S. I., O'Brien, K., Olsen, A., Omar, A. M., Ono, T., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rödenbeck, C., Salisbury, J., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Skjelvan, I., Stocker, B. D., Sutton, A. J., Takahashi, T., Tian, H., Tilbrook, B., Van Der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., Van Der Werf, G. R., Viovy, N., Walker, A. P., Wiltshire, A. J., Zaehle, S.

(2016)

Global Carbon Budget 2016,

in Earth System Science Data

8

(2)

pp. 605-649

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Stawiarski, B., Buitenhuis, E. T., Le Quéré, C.

(2016)

The physiological response of picophytoplankton to temperature and its model representation,

in Frontiers in Marine Science

3

article no. 164

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Le Quéré, C., Buitenhuis, E. T., Moriarty, R., Alvain, S., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Chollet, S., Enright, C., Franklin, D. J., Geider, R. J., Harrison, S. P., Hirst, A. G., Larsen, S., Legendre, L., Platt, T., Prentice, I. C., Rivkin, R. B., Sailley, S., Sathyendranath, S., Stephens, N., Vogt, M., Vallina, S. M.

(2016)

Role of zooplankton dynamics for Southern Ocean phytoplankton biomass and global biogeochemical cycles,

in Biogeosciences

13

pp. 4111-4133

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Jackson, R. B., Canadell, J. G., Le Quere, C., Andrew, R., Korsbakken, J. I., Peters, G. P., Nakicenovic, N.

(2016)

Reaching peak emissions,

in Nature Climate Change

6

pp. 7-10

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Le Quere, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Canadell, J. G., Sitch, S., Korsbakken, J. I., Friedlingstein, P., Peters, G. P., Andres, R., Boden, T. A., Houghton, R. A., House, J. I., Keeling, R. F., Tans, P., Arneth, A., Bakker, D. C. E., Barbero, L., Bopp, L., Chang, J., Chevallier, F., Chini, L. P., Ciais, P., Fader, M., Feely, R., Gkritzalis, T., Harris, I., Hauck, J., Ilyina, T., Jain, A., Kato, E., Kitidis, V., Klein Goldewijk, K., Koven, C., Landschutzer, P., Lauvset, S. K., Lefevre, N., Lenton, A., Lima, I., Metzl, N., Millero, F., Munro, D., Murata, A., Nabel, J., Nakaoka, S., Nojiri, Y., O'Brien, K., Olsen, A., Ono, T., Perez, F., Pfeil, B., Pierrot, D., Poulter, B., Rehder, G., Rodenbeck, C., Saito, S., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Seferian, R., Steinhoff, T., Stocker, B., Sutton, A., Takahashi, T., Tilbrook, B., van der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., van der Werf, G. R., van Heuven, S., Vandemark, D., Viovy, N., Wiltshire, A., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N.

(2015)

Global Carbon Budget 2015,

in Earth System Science Data

7

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pp. 349-396

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Laufkötter, C., Vogt, M., Gruber, N., Aita-noguchi, M., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Buitenhuis, E., Doney, S. C., Dunne, J., Hashioka, T., Hauck, J., Hirata, T., John, J., Le Quéré, C., Lima, I. D., Nakano, H., Seferian, R., Totterdell, I., Vichi, M., Völker, C.

(2015)

Drivers and uncertainties of future global marine primary production in marine ecosystem models,

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 6955-6984

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Jones, S. D., Le Quere, C., Rodenbeck, C., Manning, A., Olsen, A.

(2015)

A statistical gap-filling method to interpolate global monthly surface ocean carbon dioxide data,

in Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems

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pp. 1554-1575

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Hauck, J., Völker, C., Wolf-gladrow, D., Laufkötter, C., Vogt, M., Aumont, O., Bopp, L., Buitenhuis, E., Doney, S. C., Dunne, J., Gruber, N., Hashioka, T., John, J., Le Quéré, C., Lima, I. D., Nakano, H., Séférian, R., Totterdell, I.

(2015)

On the Southern Ocean CO2 uptake and the role of the biological carbon pump in the 21st century: CO2 uptake in future Southern Ocean,

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

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pp. 1451–1470

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Heinze, C., Meyer, S., Goris, N., Anderson, L., Steinfeldt, R., Chang, N., Le Quere, C., Bakker, D. C. E.

(2015)

The ocean carbon sink – impacts, vulnerabilities and challenges,

in Earth System Dynamics

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pp. 327-358

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Le Quéré, C., Moriarty, R., Andrew, R. M., Peters, G. P., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Jones, S. D., Sitch, S., Tans, P., Arneth, A., Boden, T. A., Bopp, L., Bozec, Y., Canadell, J. G., Chini, L. P., Chevallier, F., Cosca, C. E., Harris, I., Hoppema, M., Houghton, R. A., House, J. I., Jain, A. K., Johannessen, T., Kato, E., Keeling, R. F., Kitidis, V., Klein Goldewijk, K., Koven, C., Landa, C. S., Landschützer, P., Lenton, A., Lima, I. D., Marland, G., Mathis, J. T., Metzl, N., Nojiri, Y., Olsen, A., Ono, T., Peng, S., Peters, W., Pfeil, B., Poulter, B., Raupach, M. R., Regnier, P., Rödenbeck, C., Saito, S., Salisbury, J. E., Schuster, U., Schwinger, J., Séférian, R., Segschneider, J., Steinhoff, T., Stocker, B. D., Sutton, A. J., Takahashi, T., Tilbrook, B., Van Der Werf, G. R., Viovy, N., Wang, Y., Wanninkhof, R., Wiltshire, A., Zeng, N.

(2015)

Global carbon budget 2014,

in Earth System Science Data

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pp. 47-85

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Key Research Interests

My research focuses on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle.

I have focused initially on the response of the ocean carbon cycle to climate variability and climate change, for time scales ranging from 1 to 100 thousand years. This work includes the development and analysis of global model and databases of marine biogeochemisty, and their use to understand the processes driving observed and projected changes. In particular, my work considers how marine ecosystems can be grouped into 'Plankton Functional Types' as a means to capture the functionality of ecosystems in global models, and explore their interactions with the environment.

More recently I have also expanded my research to incorporate the study of the human and natural drivers of carbon emissions, and the science of emissions verification with Earth System data. I look at both emissions from fossil fuel burning and from land-use changes, the partitioning of these emissions among the atmosphere, land and oceans, and the economic and social drivers of recent trends. My research led to the identification of a carbon budget imbalance which quantifies our imperfect understanding of carbon cycle processes. 

My interests are wide and I have worked sporadically on a range of other topics, including on the detection and attribution of ocean oxygen trends to climate change, on the economic benefits of reducing uncertainty in carbon emissions and sinks, and on sustainable development. 

Professional Activities

  • Leader of the annual update of the 'Global Carbon Budget' by the Global Carbon Project
  • Member of the Science Team of the Global Carbon Atlas, responsible for overseing the emissions component
  • Member of the UK Committee on Climate Change

Key Responsibilities

Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research