Pete Smith


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    After obtaining a PhD in 1991, Pete Smith worked as a Higher- then Senior-Scientific Officer at the MAFF Central Science Laboratory until 1994. He then worked as a Band 6 and Band 5 Senior Research Scientist at Rothamsted Research before joining the University of Aberdeen as a Senior Lecturer in 2001.

    He became a Reader in 2003, and Professor of Soils & Global Change in 2005. His main areas of expertise are in modelling greenhouse gas / carbon mitigation, bioenergy, biological carbon sequestration, global food systems modelling and greenhouse gas removal technologies.

    He is co-leader with Prof Jo Smith of the Environmental Modelling Group  (2 Academic staff, 2 Senior Reseatch Fellows, 18 Post-docs, 19 PhDs). He is also Science Director of Scotland's Climate Change Centre of Expertise (, and was Director of Food Systems of the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops (, and Theme Leader of the University-wide theme, Environment and Food Security (, until 2015. He is editor for Global Change Biology and Global Change Biology Bioenergy.

    He was a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2008-2013), Royal Society Research Fellow (2008-2013), and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB; elected 2008), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE; elected 2009), a Rothamsted Research Fellow (2010-2015) and Fellow of the Royal Society (London; elected 2017).

    Research Interests:

    Global change impacts on ecosystems, soils, agricultural and land based options to mitigate climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental and agricultural sustainability, global carbon cycle, ecosystem modelling, food security, ecosystem services, bioenergy (including BECCS)

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    Research Output 1994 2019

    A critical review of the impacts of cover crops on nitrogen leaching, net greenhouse gas balance and crop productivity

    Abdalla, M., Hastings, A., Cheng, K., Yue, Q., Chadwick, D., Espenberg, M., Truu, J., Rees, R. M. & Smith, P., 13 May 2019, In : Global Change Biology. 25, 8, p. 2530-2543 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    cover crop
    Greenhouse gases
    greenhouse gas
    5 Downloads (Pure)

    A global, empirical, harmonised dataset of soil organic carbon changes under perennial crops

    Ledo, A., Hillier, J., Smith, P., Aguilera, E., Blagodatskiy, S., Brearley, F. Q., Datta, A., Diaz-Pines, E., Don, A., Dondini, M., Dunn, J., Feliciano, D., Lang, R., Liebig, M. A., Llorente, M., Zinn, Y. L., McNamara, N., Ogle, S. M., Qin, Z., Rovira, P. & 5 othersRowe, R., Vicente-Vicente, J. L., Whitaker, J., Yue, Q. & Zerihun, A., 13 May 2019, In : Scientific Data. 6, 57.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Organic carbon

    A Review of Criticisms of Integrated Assessment Models and Proposed Approaches to Address These, through the Lens of BECCS

    Gambhir, A., Butnar, I., Li, P-H., Smith, P. & Strachan, N., 8 May 2019, In : Energies. 12, 9, 21 p., 1747.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access

    Assessing the potential of soil carbonation and enhanced weathering through Life Cycle Assessment: A case study for Sao Paulo State, Brazil

    Lefebvre, D., Goglio, P., Williams, A., Manning, D. A. C., de Azevedo, C., Bergmann, M., Meersmans, J. & Smith, P., 11 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 233, p. 468-481 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Life cycle
    Carbon dioxide
    life cycle
    greenhouse gas emissions
    food production
    greenhouse gas
    climate change


    Fellow of the Royal Society

    Pete Smith (Recipient), 5 May 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Royal Society
    Fellow of the Royal Society

    Philippe Duchaufour Medal of European GeoSciences Union (EGU)

    Pete Smith (Recipient), 25 Apr 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    soil science

    Press / Media

    Removing CO2 from the atmosphere won’t save us: we have to cut emissions now

    Pete Smith


    1 item of media coverage

    Press/Media: Articles in 'The Conversation'


    Carbon-calculating: the development of Scottish Windfarms

    Joanne Ursula Smith (Coordinator), Pete Smith (Coordinator), Dali Rani Nayak (Coordinator)

    Impact: Quality of life Impacts

    Inorganic arsenic in rice bran and its products are an order of magnitude

    Pete Smith (Coordinator), Jon Hillier (Coordinator), Joanne Ursula Smith (Coordinator)

    Impact: Quality of life Impacts