Dr Siqing Chen to present ‘Spatial variability of carbon sequestration and carbon footprint in Australia’s terrestrial ecosystem’

Dr Siqing Chen Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne to present at the Australian Regional Development Conference being held at the Commercial Club Albury on the 26– 27 August 2015.

The Conference is an initiative of the Association for Sustainability in Business Inc., a non-Government ‘not-for-profit’ organisation.

Dr Siqing Chen

Dr Siqing Chen

Speaker Introduction: Dr Siqing Chen is a lecturer of landscape and urban planning in Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. Trained in China and the United States as a land use planner and landscape architect, Siqing has practiced since 2002 in a range of private and public sector settings in China and U.S. before his academic appointment at the University of Melbourne in 2008. Siqing’s research concerns emerging issues of landscape planning, ecological urbanism, carbon neutral landscape, and ecological infrastructure with emphasis on sustaining the built environment. He has been involved in projects funded by the Australian, Chinese, and U.S. governments, private enterprises and industrial bodies, and has won numerous design and research excellence awards in the U.S., China, and Australia.

Currently Siqing has increasingly focused on the application of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geodesign tools to the visualization, simulation and evaluation of the environmental impacts of the rapid urbanisation in post-reform China and the ever-expanding urban regions in Australia. Siqing has published around 50 refereed journal articles and conference papers on GIS-based landscape assessment and planning, sustainable urbanism, and environmental decision support. His recent book Designing Ecologies: Integrating Green Infrastructure into Sustainable Housing Developments (2011) proposes a new approach for the design, planning, and construction of new communities considering environmental, economic and cultural sustainability against conventional suburban sprawl.

Presentation Title: Spatial variability of carbon sequestration and carbon footprint in Australia’s terrestrial ecosystem: what does it mean for regional planning and development?

Overview: Understanding the carbon cycle is important as carbon, mostly in the form of CO2, is the major greenhouse gas emitted by human activities causing climate change. Carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems refers to the process of increasing atmospheric carbon storage (principally as CO2) in standing biomass and soils on a semi-permanent basis. Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere (as CO2 equivalent) associated with a given activity or a product during its lifecycle, including direct and indirect carbon emissions. The balance between carbon sequestration and carbon footprint represents the net carbon exchange in the dynamics of CO2 flows involved in the carbon cycle.

The balance between carbon sequestration and carbon footprint is a valuable indicator for use in managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Increasingly, quantification of these relationships is being used by commercial organizations, communities and countries to manage efforts at reducing GHGs. However, these calculations are typically based on statistical and/or census data, both of which lack spatial heterogeneity, thus their practical implications for planning decision-making are limited.

To view and/or download the Australian Regional Development Conference program please click here.

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