Giacomo Grassi

I am a senior scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC), since 2005. I have a PhD in Forest Ecology. Within the Directorate on Sustainable Resources, I lead the group on "Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry" (LULUCF), dealing with the estimation of CO2 fluxes from managed terrestrial ecosystems (mainly forests), and their reporting to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Specifically, I coordinate the LULUCF sector of the EU greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory and the modeling of forest carbon dynamics at EU level using the Carbon Budget Model. I provide scientific support in the design of policies at EU level (e.g. the forest reference levels under the post-2020 LULUCF Regulation) and under the Paris Agreement. I am an expert reviewer of LULUCF GHG inventories for the UNFCCC and lead author of several IPCC reports ("2013 Supplementary Guidance under the Kyoto Protocol", "Methodological Refinement of the 2006 Guidelines for GHG inventories" and "Special Report on Climate Change and Land"). I published 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, mostly focused on the carbon balance and the mitigation potential of forest ecosystems.


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