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PhD candidate Climate smart forestry scenarios in European countries: mitigation potential and feasibility

Despite many estimates available regarding mitigation potential in the forest sector, policy makers are still uncertain about how to tackle this, how to …

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Standplaats:
Droevendaalsesteeg, Wageningen, Gelderland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

Despite many estimates available regarding mitigation potential in the forest sector, policy makers are still uncertain about how to tackle this, how to create incentives, what are trade-offs, and thus what are the feasible options. Core forest modelling tools have been successfully applied to European countries for up to 20 years now (e.g. EFISCEN, Carbon Budget Model). However, previous studies did not take a system perspective, e.g. the main focus was on the forest sink alone (i.e., omitting the mitigation of HWP and substitution effects), or were hardly comprehensive, i.e. possible trade-offs and the feasibility of specific mitigation options were not considered.

Further developing these models, and through specific climate-smart forestry scenarios, the candidate will develop concrete studies taking a comprehensive system perspective on the mitigation potential. To this aim, he/she will combine the higher resolution version of EFISCEN-space with additional tools incorporating the whole forest sector mitigation (including HWP and substitution effects), and considering potential trade-offs and the feasibility of the proposed actions.
The specific phases will include:

  1. Identifying specific climate smart forestry scenarios, taking into account the potential policy relevance, socio-economic trade-offs and possible triggers to stimulate mitigation.
  2. Implement a systems perspective in selected regions/countries in Europe, by combining the simulation of the climate smart forestry scenarios - through high resolution climate sensitive EFISCEN modelling - with additional modules/models to assess the mitigation associated with HWP/ substitution effects.
  3. Develop and implement approaches to explore, in selected case studies, the feasibility of the proposed measures - including considering economic routines that take into account land allocation and features like distance to roads, costs of measures, wood assortments etc . - and the most relevant synergies and trade-offs between mitigation, adaptation, and the provision of other services (e.g. biodiversity conservation).
Identify the most promising climate smart forestry scenarios in the various case studies examined, and develop recommendations to integrate the actions proposed into the traditional forest management tools.

Functie-eisen

The ideal candidate should have a University Master degree in forestry, agriculture or environmental science, or related field, and strong motivation to work with modelling tools in the interface between science and policy in the field of forestry and climate change .
Previous experience in the field of modelling and in the analysis of land/forest resources and carbon cycle is highly appreciated. You are fluent in English, have good communication skills and have experience with handling large data set. GIS is appreciated.

Further you are willing to work from two locations: Wageningen (The Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy). The first year in Wageningen, 2nd and 3rd year in Ispra and 4th year in Wageningen.

Conditions

We offer a full-time position, initially for 18 months after which a go/no go decision will be taken on extension with another 30 months. Gross salary per month € 2.325,-- in the first year, rising to € 2.971,= per month in the fourth year, for a fulltime appointment

IN ADDITION WE OFFER
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% fixed-year allowance;
  • Excellent training opportunities and secondary working conditions;
  • Flexible working hours and vacations can in consultation with colleagues be settled so that an optimal balance between work and private is possible;
  • An excellent pension scheme via ABP;
  • 232 holiday hours, the ability to purchase and good supplementary leave arrangements and an individualized model to compose part of your working conditions and a bicycle plan;
  • sports facilities available on the campus;
  • we stimulate internal growth opportunities and mobility with an active and internal recruitment policy. There are ample opportunities for own initiative in a creative learning environment.

Additional information

Prof Gert-Jan Nabuurs (gert-jan.nabuurs@wur.nl) & Prof Frits Mohren, WUR Forest Ecology and Forest Management Group.
Dr. (giacomo.grassi@ec.europa.eu), European Commission's Joint Research Centre, Bioeconomy Unit.

You can apply up to and including 1 December 2019, via the apply button on this page. Submit your motivation letter and CV.

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