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Pete Smith

University of Aberdeen

Based in

United Kingdom

Pete Smith is Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange). His interests include climate change mitigation, soils, agriculture, food systems, ecosystem services and modelling. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the European Science Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

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Smith, P., Smith, J.U. & Powlson, D.S., 1996. “Moving the British cattle herd.” Nature 381, 15.

Smith, P. & Powlson, D.S. 2000. “Considering manure and carbon sequestration.” Science 287, 428-429.

Janssens, I.A., Freibauer, A., Ciais, P., Smith, P. et al. 2003. “Europe’s terrestrial biosphere absorbs 7-12% of European anthropogenic CO2 emissions.” Science 300, 1538-1542.

Fang, C., Smith, P., Moncrieff, J.B. & Smith, J.U. 2005. “Similar response of labile and resistant soil organic matter pools to changes in temperature.” Nature 433, 57-59.

Schröter, D., Cramer, W., Leemans, R.,… Smith, P., … 2005. “Ecosystem service supply and human vulnerability to global change in Europe.” Science 310, 1333-1337.
Reay, D.S., Sabine, C.L., Smith, P. & Hymus, G. 2007. Springtime for sinks. Nature 446, 727-728.

Porter, J.R, Challinor, A., Ewert, F., …., Rosenzweig, C. & Smith, P. 2010. “Food security: focus on agriculture.” Science 328, 172-173.

Smith, P. & Fang, C. 2010. “A warm response by soils.” Nature 464, 499-500.

Garnett, T., Appleby, M.C., Balmford, A., ….Smith, P., Thornton, P.K., Toulmin, C., Vermeulen, S.J., Godfray, H.C.J. 2013. “Sustainable intensification in agriculture.” Science 341, 33-34.

Reichstein, M., Bahn, M., Ciais, P., Frank, D., …. Smith, P., … 2013. “Climate extremes and the carbon cycle.” Nature 500, 287–295.

Paustian, K., Lehmann, J., Ogle, S., Reay, D., Robertson, G.P. & Smith, P. 2016. “Climate-smart soils.” Nature 532, 49-57.

Rumpel, C., Amiraslani, F., Koutika, L.S., Smith, P., Whitehead, D. & Wollenberg, E. 2018. “Put more carbon in soils to meet Paris climate pledges.” Nature 564, 32-34.

Anderson, C.M., … Smith, P., Weber, C., & Field, C.B. 2019. “Maximize natural climate solutions – and decarbonize the economy.” Science 363, 933-934.

Hepburn, C., …, Smith, P. & Williams. C. 2019. “The technological and economic prospects for CO2 utilisation and removal.” Nature 575, 87-97″