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Corinne Le Quere

Corinne Le Quere

Professor Corinne Le Quere CBE FRS


Elected: 2016


Corinne Le Quéré is a physicist specialised in understanding the carbon cycle and how it interacts with the Earth’s climate. Her original approaches are helping to determine how and why the natural carbon reservoirs are changing, particularly in the Southern Ocean. She spearheaded the development of marine carbon-cycle models with new ways to represent plankton biodiversity and ecology. She also instigated and leads an annual update of the ‘global carbon budget’, an international effort to keep track of global carbon emissions and their fate in the environment.

Corinne is director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor at the University of East Anglia. She authored several assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She is former co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project, and current member of the Scientific Committee of the Future Earth platform for global sustainability, and of the UK Committee on Climate Change. She received the Blaise Pascal Medal of the European Academy of Sciences and other awards for her contributions to science and international collaboration.

Professional positions

Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Chemical oceanography, Climate sciences, Geochemistry, Physical oceanography
  • Other
    • Science policy, Scientific information provision
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