Navin Ramankutty, McGill University

Associate Professor School of Environment Montreal, Quebec navin.ramankutty@mcgill.ca Office: (514) 398-8428

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The premise of my research program is that global changes in the land are an important driver of global environmental change, and has environmental consequences that are comparable to climate change. My research program aims to understand how global land use, interacting with climate change, infl...

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Bio/Research

The premise of my research program is that global changes in the land are an important driver of global environmental change, and has environmental consequences that are comparable to climate change. My research program aims to understand how global land use, interacting with climate change, influences ecosystems and the services they provide to human societies. My focus in recent years has been on analyzing the tradeoffs between global food production and security and the global environmental consequences of agriculture. My research team addresses questions such as: How are agricultural lands spatially distributed around the world? What kinds of crops are grown where, and why, what are their typical yields, and how much irrigation and fertilizer is applied? How are the global patterns of yield influenced by climate and land management and how might this change in the future? How much carbon is emitted to the atmosphere due to deforestation? And finally, the overarching question: How can we best manage global agriculture in order to meet the current needs of the billion people who are hungry and the future needs of 9-10 billion people while reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint?

My work uses global Earth observations, global data analysis, and numerical models. I have been developing global data sets of contemporary and historical agricultural land use practices to describe the impacts of land use on global ecosystems. I have been further developing and using numerical models of the Earth's terrestrial ecosystems and agro-ecosystems to examine the environmental and food production implications of land use. In general, my work tends to be global in scale, and synthetic in nature. However, I am hoping to start some local/regional-scale projects in Canada and India.


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