Dr. Matthew Jones

Research Fellow
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia (UEA)
Global Carbon Project (GCP)


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I have a broad interest in the global carbon cycle and I am an expert on the role of wildfires in this cycle. My research focuses on the global and regional trends in wildfire and deforestation fire seen in satellite observations and models, the relation of these trends to climate change, and their long-term implications for carbon storage on land and for climate change.

I am a proud contributor to the Global Carbon Project (GCP). Each year, the GCP evaluates the global carbon budget by accounting for emissions of CO2 from fossil sources, deforestation and other land use changes, the uptake of CO2 by the land and oceans, and the CO2 that remains in the atmosphere. Under the umbrella of the GCP, I am increasingly involved in the study of CO2 emissions from fossil sources.

Exciting News!

From 2022, I will begin a 5-year NERC Independent Research Fellowship with £657k of funding from the UK’s Natural Environmental Research Council. I will track lightning ignitions of wildfires by blending observations of fires and lightning from satellites and ground sensors. My work will support wildfire modelling, improve constraints on the global carbon budget, and inform climate change impact assessments. In addition, I will examine our capacity to deal with the compound threats of lightning and fire-prone weather in the coming century.

My research

To find out more about my research on fire, climate change, emissions and the carbon cycle, please follow the links below.