Projects

Follow these links to a list of current and completed SEI York staff projects. For a complete list of SEI projects please visit the main SEI website (www.sei-international.org/projects)

Selected Project Highlights

CiXPAG

CiXPAG will investigate the complex interactions between climate extremes, air pollution and agricultural ecosystems.The project will link changes in climate extremes and pollution effects on agricultural production using novel methods to incorporate ground-level ozone pollution fluxes in statistical crop models and the estimation of crop yields. Socio-economic methods will inform the integration of regional climate and pollutant modelling methods to provide an integrated assessment of agricultural productivity under different climate and pollutant regimes, which will contribute to the framing of effective climate change adaptation strategies and air pollution regulations. 

Quantifying the impact of ground level ozone on soil carbon (C) sequestration

This project aims to study and quantify the relationships between ozone exposure and probable changes in different soil C pools by: (1) Combining an ozone deposition model DO3SE (capable of estimating deposition, uptake and damage caused by ozone to living plant biomass) with a soil C model (CENTURY); (2). Performing targeted experimental campaigns to provide empirical data to allow the incorporation of ozone effects on plant lignin, root exudates and microbial activity in the integrated DO3SE-CENTURY model and; (3). Application of the DO3SE-CENTURY model at locations in the UK to allow assessments of the impact of ozone levels on both living biomass and soil C.

Policy-Relevant Indicators for Consumption and Environment (PRINCE)

The PRINCE project aims to develop a sound and repeatable methodology to monitor the environmental impacts of Swedish consumption, both inside and outside Sweden's borders, using the latest modelling and statistical techniques. The framework will cover a uniquely broad range of environmental pressures, including: Emissions of greenhouse gases and traditional air pollutants (SO2, NOx, NH3, VOCs) from fossil fuel burning, manufacturing processes, livestock production and land-use change; Impacts of the consumption of resources such as water and land; Exploratory indicators for use or emission of hazardous chemical substances. This project will see a close collaboration between SEI York and SEI Stockholm where the project is based

Sustainable Chemical Feedstocks

This project will evaluate the environmental and economic performance of high value chemicals synthesized from renewable feedstock (wheat straw) which is also a major agricultural residue from wheat cultivation. The environmental impact analysis is made using an elaborate life cycle assessment entailing elements including carbon intensity, ecotoxicity , land use change.  Economic evaluation of the high value chemicals synthesised will also contribute to studying scale up implications including feedstock demand, industrial scale feasibility, agronomical impact created from new market demand. This project is part of a collaboration with Green Chemistry, part of the Chemistry Dept. of UoYork

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS)


Project description: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is designed to answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes and the delivery of ecosystem processes at the landscape scale. The PI of this project is Prof. Dave Raffaelli of the Environment Dept., Univeristy of York, this is a project in which SEI York and Environment Dept. work very closely together

Moors for the Future 

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This ‘Community Science’ project aims to raise awareness and promote a sense of understanding and responsibility for the moorland landscape by engaging the public in monitoring how moorlands and the species they support are responding to climate change