Head of Centre for Forestry and Climate Change
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Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH
Prof. Andy Moffat studied for a first degree in Geography and Soil Science at the University of Reading. He then undertook a NERC CASE studentship at University College London and Rothamsted Experimental Station. He was awarded a PhD in 1980.
He was employed in the Soil Survey of England and Wales between 1979 and 1985, when he took up the post as Pedologist in the Forestry Commission Research Division. He was responsible for research on land reclamation and soil sustainability and co-led the intensive forest monitoring programme (Level II). Between 1997 and 2009, he was Head of Environmental Research Branch and then of the Environmental and Human Sciences Division. In 2005, he was awarded the DSc, and in 2007, he was granted the title of Visiting Professor in the School of Human and Environmental Sciences at the University of Reading.
Responsible for the development, direction, execution and quality of the Centre’s research activities. He is a member of the Forest Research Executive Board. He represents environmental issues at both national and international levels. He has particular responsibilities to facilitate interaction between Forest Research research activity and the needs of the English Forestry Commission policy makers.
Integrated forest monitoring
Programme Group Manager for this Forestry Commission funded research programme. Head of the National Focal Centre for Forest Monitoring, responsible for national input into the UNECE ICP Forests Programme.
Project Manager of Wildfires in Wales study which examined the physical and social drivers behind wildfire occurrence in the South Wales Valleys, evaluated existing mechanisms to reduce arson and identified new ways to mitigate this problem. Currently working with the Health Protection Agency on the health hazards of wildfires.
Climate change risk assessment (CCRA)
Joint Project Manager of contract which provided the forestry sector evidence in this Defra funded project. The climate change risk assessment collated evidence and analysis which will enable all UK Administrations to understand the level of risks posed by climate change, compare the risks of a changing climate with other pressures on the Government, prioritise adaptation policy geographically and by sector and assess the costs and benefits of adaptation actions and support the case for resources for these. Currently involved in helping to translate the CCRA findings into a National Adaptation Plan.
Effects of biomass energy on soil sustainability
Joint supervisor of PhD studentship examining the effects of stump and root harvesting on soil disturbance, with the University of Stirling and another studentship examining the impact and response of earthworms under short rotation forestry systems with the University of Central Lancashire.
Affiliations and achievements
- Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
- Member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters
- Head of the UK National Focal Centre for forest monitoring
- Member of the DEFRA Soil Action Plan Advisory Forum
- Associate Editor ‘Soil Use and Management’
- Member of the British Society of Soil Science
- Member of the ICP Forests Soil Expert Panel
- Member of the Sustainable Organic Resources Partnership Technical Expert Advisory Group.
- Forest ecosystem monitoring and evaluation
- Soil sustainability
- Land regeneration and urban greenspace
- Forest fires