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Dr Pep Canadell

Chief Research Scientist


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Pep is a Chief Research Scientist in the CSIRO Climate Science Centre and Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, a global consortium of scientists under the umbrella of Future Earth and a scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme. The GCP studies the impact of human activities on the carbon cycle and other biogeochemical cycles, and its associated changes in the climate system.

Pep focuses on collaborative and highly integrative research to develop Australian, regional and global budgets and trend analyses of the main greenhouse gases including carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. He also studies the size and vulnerability of Australian and the Earth’s carbon pools, carbon-climate feedbacks, and pathways to decarbonization to stabilize the climate, which include land-based carbon sequestration and negative emissions. His focus is in using robust understanding of Australia and global biogeochemical cycles to address questions of great policy relevance.

Fields of Research

Current Roles

  • Executive Director
    global carbon project

  • Chief Investigator
    NESP Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub

Academic Qualifications

  • 1995

    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

  • 1989

    Master in Ecology
    Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Catalonia

Professional Experiences

  • 1995-1998

    Research Associate and Scientific Officer for Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program
    Stanford University, CA, USA

  • 1993-1994

    Research Associate
    University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

  • 1991-1992

    Lecturer and Adjunct Professor
    San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Achievements and Awards

  • 2018-2021

    Selected Coordinating Leading Author of IPCC AR6 WG1
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • 2017

    Highly cited researcher in Geoscience
    Web of Science-Clarivate Analytics

  • 2018-2018

    GCP - Prospect Think Tank Award on Energy and Environment
    Prospect - London

  • 2017

    Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
    American Geophysical Union

  • 2015

    Top 15 most cited authors in climate change top journals

  • 2014

    Newton Turner Career Award

  • 2007

    Member of IPCC awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
    Nobel Prize