Corinne Le Quéré

University of East Anglia

Faculty / Former Tyndall Director

Role at Tyndall
Professor Corinne Le Quéré FRS CBE, is Royal Society Research Professor of Climate Change Science at the University of East Anglia and former Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Corinne conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. She Chairs France's High Council on climate and is a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change.
Corinne formerly led the annual update of the Global Carbon Budget, an international effort of the Global Carbon Project to provide the latest information global and national carbon emissions and their partitioning among the atmosphere, land and oceans, including their drivers. She is author of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Prof Le Quéré is originally from Canada. She completed a Ph.D. in oceanography in University Paris VI (1999), an M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from McGill University, and a B.Sc. in physics from University of Montréal. She has conducted research at Princeton University in the United States, at the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Germany, and at the British Antarctic Survey.

Research Interests
Prof Le Quéré’s core research area is on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle, including the drivers of human emissions. She made a number of advances in the quantification of the causes of variability and trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide over various time-scales, and spearheaded the development and use of carbon cycle models in carbon budgets. 

Selected publications

Corinne Le Quéré, Glen P. Peters, Pierre Friedlingstein, Robbie M. Andrew, Josep G. Canadell, Steven J. Davis, Robert B. Jackson and Matthew W. Jones. (2021). Fossil CO2 emissions in the post-COVID-19 era, Nature Climate Change, 11, 197-199. Link here:

M.Sharmina., Edelenbosch, OY., Wilson, C., Freeman, R., Gernaat, DEHJ.,  Gilbert, P., Larkin, A., Littleton, E.W., Traut, M., Van Vuuren, DP.,  Vaughan, N., Wood, FR., Le Quéré C., (2020), Decarbonising the critical sectors of aviation, shipping, road freight and industry to limit warming to 1.5–2°C, Climate Policy.

C.Le Quéré, R.B. Jackson, M.W. Jones, A.J.P. Smith, S. Abernethy, R.M. Andrew, A.J. De-Gol, D.R. Willis, Y. Shan, J.G. Canadell, P. Friedlingstein, F Creutzig, G.P. Peters (2020).               Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement. Nature Climate Change

Le Quéré, C., J.I. Korsbakken, C. Wilson, J. Tosun, R. Andrew, R.J. Andres, J.G. Canadell, A.Jordan, G.P. Peters & D.P. van Vuuren (2019). Drivers of declining CO2 emissions in 18 developed economiesNature Climate Change, 9, 213–217

Peters, G.P., C. Le Quéré, R.M. Andrew, J.G. Canadell, P. Friedlingstein, T. Ilyana, R.B. Jackson, F. Joos, J.I. Korsbakken, G. McKinley, S. Sitch, and P. Tans (2017). Towards real-time verification of CO2 emissionsNature Climate Change7, 848-850. 

Le Quéré, C. and 70 others (2018). Global Carbon Budget 2018. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 2141-2194, 2018.

Peters, G.P., R.M. Andrew, J.G. Canadell, S. Fuss, R.B. Jackson, J.I. Korsbakken, C. Le Quéré, and N. Nakicenovic (2017). Key indicators to track current progress and future ambition of the Paris Agreement. Nature Climate Change, 7, 118-122. 

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ZICER 1.23, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, HBL 0.04 University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK.


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