Life Cycle Assessment of Soil Management to fight climate change

Lead Research Organisation: Cranfield University
Department Name: School of Water, Energy and Environment


This PhD studentship is part of the NERC-funded Soils-R-GGREAT project. The PhD focuses on the consequential Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of managing agricultural and forestry systems through increased soil carbon and biochar addition, worldwide. This PhD offers a unique opportunity to interact with a range of several leading Universities and overseas experts to fight climate change. The PhD candidate will work within the SOILS-R-GGREAT project which aims at assessing the soil management to tackle climate change.
During the PhD, possible approaches for robust, fast and systematic data collection for large Life Cycle Inventory datasets will be investigated. The tool models and techniques necessary to carry out consequential LCA in the agricultural and forestry sectors will be applied.
The PhD research will allow to develop an expertise in assessing technologies to fight climate change and increase sustainability of the world economy.
The PhD will be based with the GGRA team at the Cranfield Environmental and Agricultural Informatics (CEAI), which is part of the School of Water, Energy, and Environment and Agri-Food (SWEE). You will be part of the (Greenhouse Gas Removal from the Atmosphere) GGRA team together with other staff.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
NE/P019498/1 20/06/2017 19/06/2022
2047037 Studentship NE/P019498/1 03/06/2018 02/06/2021 David Lebfevre
Description Regarding the Carbonation and enhanced weathering work in Sao Paulo:The main findings relates to the more objective quantification of the net GHG impacts of the process and the components that contribute to defining the limits that flip the process from net GHG sequestration to net GHG emitting.
For the biochar carbon abatement potential model: The main impact of the biochar sub-model is its potential spread to other users due to its ease of use, and operation in the open source R software platform, and its addition to a well-known and validated soil carbon model (RothC).
Exploitation Route The work on carbonation and enhanced weathering could have important implications for the global potential of the process and policymaking.
The biocharbon carbon abatement model results may provide decision-makers with valuable insights on the carbon abatement potential of using an available resource for biochar production and amendment.
Sectors Environment