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, carbon emissions and sinks, the natural environment and humans. My research has contributed to understanding how climate change and variability affects the land and ocean carbon sinks. In the ocean, I developed the application of Plankton Functional Types to marine biogeochemical modelling that promoted the representation of marine ecosystem functioning in global biogeochemistry models. I also instigated and lead the annual update of global carbon budgets 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 Scientific Committee of the new Future Earth research platform for global sustainability. I received multiple awards, most recent the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences (2015).

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

6.

pp. 7-10

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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., 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.

pp. 349-396

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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

316.

pp. 1735-1738

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

(2005)

Role of marine biology in glacial-interglacial CO cycles

in Science

308.

pp. 74-78

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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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Sitch, S., Friedlingstein, P., Gruber, N., Jones, S., Murray-Tortarolo, G., Ahlström, A., Doney, S., Graven, H., Heinze, C., Huntingford, C., Levis, S., Levy, P., Lomas, M., Poulter, B., Viovy, N., Zaehle, S., Zeng, N., Arneth, A., Bonan, G., Bopp, L., Canadell, J., Chevallier, F., Ciais, P., Ellis, R., Gloor, M., Peylin, P., Piao, S., Le Quéré, C., Smith, B., Zhu, Z., Myneni, R.

(2015)

Recent trends and drivers of regional sources and sinks of carbon dioxide

in Biogeosciences

12.

pp. 653-679

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Moriarty, R., Bakker, D. C. E., Andrew, R., Peters, G., Le Quere, C.

(2015)

Global Carbon Budget: Ocean carbon sink.

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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

7.

pp. 47-85

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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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Brun, P., Vogt, M., Payne, M. R., Gruber, N., O'brien, C. J., Buitenhuis, E. T., Le Quéré, C., Leblanc, K., Luo, Y.

(2015)

Ecological niches of open ocean phytoplankton taxa: Niches of open ocean phytoplankton

in Limnology and Oceanography

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pp. 1020-1038

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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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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

12.

pp. 6955-6984

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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.

pp. 349-396

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

()


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

7.

pp. 1554-1575

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Ciais, P., Sabine, C., Govindasamy, B., Bopp, L., Brovkin, V., Canadell, J., Chhabra, A., DeFries, R., Galloway, J., Heimann, M., Jones, C., Le Quéré, C., Myneni, R., Piao, S., Thornton, P.

(2014)

Chapter 6: Carbon and Other Biogeochemical Cycles

Cambridge University Press

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))


Le Quéré, C., Peters, G. P., Andres, R. J., Andrew, R. M., Boden, T. A., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Houghton, R. A., Marland, G., Moriarty, R., Sitch, S., Tans, P., Arneth, A., Arvanitis, A., Bakker, D. C. E., Bopp, L., Canadell, J. G., Chini, L. P., Doney, S. C., Harper, A., Harris, I., House, J. I., Jain, A. K., Jones, S. D., Kato, E., Keeling, R. F., Klein Goldewijk, K., Körtzinger, A., Koven, C., Lefèvre, N., Maignan, F., Omar, A., Ono, T., Park, G., Pfeil, B., Poulter, B., Raupach, M. R., Regnier, P., Rödenbeck, C., Saito, S., Schwinger, J., Segschneider, J., Stocker, B. D., Takahashi, T., Tilbrook, B., Van Heuven, S., Viovy, N., Wanninkhof, R., Wiltshire, A., Zaehle, S.

(2014)

Global Carbon Budget 2013

in Earth System Science Data

6.

pp. 235-263

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Raupach, M. R., Gloor, M., Sarmiento, J. L., Canadell, J. G., Frölicher, T. L., Gasser, T., Houghton, R. A., Le Quéré, C., Trudinger, C. M.

(2014)

The declining uptake rate of atmospheric CO

in Biogeosciences

11.

pp. 3453-3475

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Kwiatkowski, L., Yool, A., Allen, J. I., Anderson, T. R., Barciela, R., Buitenhuis, E. T., Butenschön, M., Enright, C., Halloran, P. R., Le Quéré, C., De Mora, L., Racault, M., Sinha, B., Totterdell, I. J., Cox, P. M.

(2014)

iMarNet: an ocean biogeochemistry model intercomparison project within a common physical ocean modelling framework

in Biogeosciences

11.

pp. 7291-7304

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Friedlingstein, P., Andrew, R. M., Rogelj, J., Peters, G. P., Canadell, J. G., Knutti, R., Luderer, G., Raupach, M. R., Schaeffer, M., Van Vuuren, D. P., Le Quéré, C.

(2014)

Persistent growth of CO2 emissions and implications for reaching climate targets

in Nature Geoscience

7.

pp. 709-715

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Raupach, M., Davis, S., Peters, G., Andrew, R., Canadell, J., Ciais, P., Friedlingstein, P., Jotzo, F., Van Vuuren, D., Le Quéré, C.

(2014)

Sharing a quota on cumulative carbon emissions

in Nature Climate Change

4.

pp. 873-879

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Fuss, S., Canadell, J., Peters, G., Tavoni, M., Andrew, R., Ciais, P., Jackson, R., Jones, C., Kraxner, F., Nakicenovic, N., Le Quéré, C., Raupach, M., Sharifi, A., Smith, P., Yamagata, Y.

(2014)

COMMENTARY: Betting on negative emissions

in Nature Climate Change

4.

pp. 850-853

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Moriarty, R., Andrew, R., Peters, G. P., Le Quere, C.

(2014)

Global Carbon Budget: Summary

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Moriarty, R., Buitenhuis, E. T., Le Quéré, C., Gosselin, M.

(2013)

Distribution of known macrozooplankton abundance and biomass in the global ocean

in Earth System Science Data

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pp. 241-257

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Key Research Interests

My research focuses on the interactions between climate change, carbon emissions, the natural environment and humans.

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 focussed on the human and natural drivers of carbon emissions, particularly the drivers of the increasing growth in emissions between the 1990s and the 2000s. I looked at both emissions from fossil fuel burning and from land-use changes (mainly deforestation), how these emissions are partitioned between the atmosphere, land and oceans on an annual basis, and what are the economic and social drivers of recent trends.

Finally 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 the institutional needs for research at the interface of climate policy. My current interests are wide and include research on the impacts of climate change on health and on the economy.

Professional Activities

  • Co-director of the annual publication 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 Scientific Committee of Future Earth
  • Member of the Editorial board of the journals Global Environmental Change and Carbon Management
  • Member of the CliMathNet Advisory Group
  • Member of the Science Group of CEFAS' Marine Climate Change Centre

Key Responsibilities

Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research