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GREENCYCLES Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Research and Training Network

 

Tomasz Kasikowski

Phone: +44 (0)1392 884801
Fax: +44 (0)1392 885681
Email:
tomasz.kasikowski - atnospam - metoffice.gov.uk

Postal Address:
Climate Impacts, Hadley Centre for Climate Change
MetOffice, Fitzroy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB, UK

 


current research | curriculum vitae | publications | carrer development plan (internal)

Current Research: Land use and fire: consequences for global budgets of greenhouse gasses

Land use is a factor that influences on surrounding atmosphere. The investigations of most often applied in researches land use modes (with or without forest) proofs that sequestration of CO2 by trees not always leads to the expected effect. At high latitudes (with often occurrence of snow cover), trees decrease the albedo, thus leading to warming the atmosphere. Land use change is the largest contributor to uncertainty in modeled CO2 flux. Forest (or its lack) influences also on such geophysical properties as soil moisture, and wind speed over the land (what changes the emission of mineral dust). The most recent works make also evident, that models should include such climate driver as cities. Cities - kind of “land use” - strongly (hence locally) influence on each mentioned property of land and surrounding atmosphere. There is an evident need of cooperation with Marlies (MRS III) within the land-use task.
Occurrence of forest/trees or cities (enormously high population density) is linked with occurrence of fires. Fires, in turn, influence on GHG, ash and black carbon concentration in the atmosphere (besides of direct increasing of atmosphere’ temperature). The recent researches prove general increase of fires risk due to increase the length of fire-risk season and increase the number of extreme dry days. This tendency will be very likely continued in 21st century – the most interesting period for policymakers. Results from dynamic global vegetation models show terrestrial differentiation of such effects as risk of forest loss, frequency of natural fires occurrence and runoff.
The aim of this project is to include these implications in the form of model, similar to those developed and used in Hadley Centre, MetOffice. It is also very advisable to coupling and exploring results from the existing climate-chemistry-ecosystem models, available internally (MASS system, MetOffice) as well as externally (within the other participants of GREENCYCLES network). Developed fire model (fire occurrence, spread and emissions) should be driven by multi-year time series of global maps of burnt area (remote sensing) - help of Yannik - ESR IX – strongly appreciated.


Curriculum Vitae

 
Since Feb 2007 Experienced Researcher (PostDoc) within the GREENCYCLES MC-RTN
2006 Researcher at the coke plant’ wastewater treatment unit. For: Nalco, Tychy, Poland
2005 Specialist in Production cost Evaluation, Controlling Section, Elana, Torun, Poland
2004 Working and travelling around Highlands of Scotland, UK.
1998-2004 PhD study Nicolas Copernicus University, Faculty of Chemistry, Torun, Poland
1999-2000 One year gap (visiting UK)
1993-1998 MSc study at the Nicolas Copernicus University, Faculty of Chemistry, Torun, Poland

Publications

Kasikowski, T., Buczkowski, R., Cichosz, M., Lemanowska, E. (in press): Combined distiller waste utilisation and combustion gases desulphurisation method: The case study of soda-ash industry, Resources, Conservation and Recycling.

Kasikowski, T., Buczkowski, R., Lemanowska E. (2004): Cleaner production in the ammonia–soda industry: an ecological and economic study, Journal of Environmental Management, 73(4) 339-356.

Kasikowski, T., Buczkowski, R., Dejewska, B., Peszynska-Bialczyk, K., Lemanowska E., Iglinski B. (2004): Utilization of distiller waste from ammonia-soda processing, Journal of Cleaner Production, 12(7) 759-769.