Profile – Pete Smith

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Professor Pete Smith

Job Title:

Professor of Soils & Global Change


Phone Number:

+44 (0)1224 272703


Google Scholar Profile


Pete Smith is Science Director of Scotland’s Climate Change Centre of Expertise (, Director of Food Systems of the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops (, and is Theme Leader of the University-wide theme, Environment and Food Security ( He is co-leader with Prof Jo Smith of the Environmental Modelling Group (4 Academic staff, 16 Post-docs, 12 current PhDs). He is editor for Global Change Biology and Global Change Biology Bioenergy.

He was a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2008-2013), Royal Society Research Fellow (2008-2013), and is a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB; elected 2008), Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE; elected 2009), and a Rothamsted Research Fellow (2010-2016).

Research Areas:

  • Global change impacts on ecosystems
  • Soils
  • Agricultural and land based options to mitigate climate change
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Environmental and agricultural sustainability
  • Global carbon cycle
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Food security
  • Ecosystem services
  • Bioenergy (including BECCS)

Current N-related Projects:


Abdalla, M., Richards, M., Pogson, M., Smith, JU. & Smith, P. (2016). ‘Estimating the effect of nitrogen fertilizer on the greenhouse gas balance of soils in Wales under current and future climate’. Regional Environmental Change, vol 16, no. 8, pp. 2357-2368

Senapati, N., Chabbi, A., Giostri, AF., Yeluripati, J. & Smith, P. (2016). ‘Modelling nitrous oxide emissions from mown-grass and grain-cropping systems: Testing and sensitivity analysis of DailyDayCent using high frequency measurements’. Science of the Total Environment, vol 572, pp. 955-977

Cayuela, ML., Aguilera, E., Sanz-Cobena, A., Adams, DC., Abalos, D., Barton, L., Ryals, R., Silver, WL., Alfaro, MA., Pappa, VA., Smith, P., Garnier, J., Billen, G., Bouwman, L., Bondeau, A. & Lassaletta, L. ‘Direct nitrous oxide emissions in Mediterranean climate cropping systems: emission factors based on a meta-analysis of available measurement data’. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment

Snyder, CS., Davidson, EA., Smith, P. & Venterea, RT. (2014). ‘Agriculture: sustainable crop and animal production to help mitigate nitrous oxide emissions’. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, vol 9-10, pp. 46-54

Teh, YA., Diem, T., Jones, S., Huaraca Quispe, LP., Baggs, E., Morley, N., Richards, M., Smith, P. & Meir, P. (2014). ‘Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes across an elevation gradient in the tropical Peruvian Andes’. Biogeosciences, vol 11, no. 8, pp. 2325-2339

Teh, YA., Diem, T., Jones, S., Huaraca Quispe, LP., Baggs, E., Morley, N., Richards, M., Smith, P. & Meir, P. (2013). ‘Methane and nitrous oxide fluxes from the tropical Andes’. Biogeosciences, vol 10, pp. 17397-17438

Bell, MJ., Jones, E., Smith, JU., Smith, P., Yeluripati, J., Augustin, J., Juszczak, R., Olejnik, J. & Sommer, M. (2012). ‘Simulation of soil nitrogen, nitrous oxide emissions and mitigation scenarios at 3 European cropland sites using the ECOSSE model’. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, vol 92, no. 2, pp. 161-181

Flynn, HC., Smith, JU., Smith, KA., Wright, J., Smith, P. & Massheder, J. (2005). ‘Climate- and crop-responsive emission factors significantly alter estimates of current and future nitrous oxide emissions from fertiliser use’. Global Change Biology, vol 11, no. 9, pp. 1522-1536

Smith, P. (2005). ‘Limited increase of agricultural soil carbon and nitrogen stocks due to increased atmospheric CO2 concentrations’. Journal of Crop Improvement , vol Volume 13, no. Issue 1-2

Smith, JU., Smith, P., Richter, GM., Agostini, FA. & Welham, SJ. (2003). ‘Testing the adequacy of measured data for evaluating nitrogen turnover models by the dot-to-dot method’. European Journal of Soil Science, vol 54, no. 1, pp. 175-185

Gabrielle, B., Mary, B., Roche, R., Smith, P. & Gosse, G. (2002). ‘Simulation of carbon and nitrogen dynamics in arable soils: a comparison of approaches’. European Journal of Agronomy, vol 18, pp. 107-120

Swift, MJ., Andren, O., Brussaard, L., Briones, M., Couteaux, MM., Ekschmitt, K., Kjoller, A., Loiseau, P. & Smith, P. (1998). ‘Global change, soil biodiversity, and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial ecosystems’. Global Change Biology, vol 4, no. 7, pp. 729-743

Gilhespy, SL., Anthony, S., Cardenas, L., Chadwick, D., del Prado, A., Li, C., Misselbrook, T., Rees, RM., Salas, W., Sanz-Cobena, A., Smith, P., Tilston, EL., Topp, CFE., Vetter, S. & Yeluripati, JB. (2014). ‘First 20 years of DNDC (DeNitrification DeComposition): Model evolution’. Ecological Modelling, vol 292, pp. 51-62

Reay, DS., Davidson, EA., Smith, KA., Smith, P., Melillo, JM., Dentener, F. & Crutzen, PJ. (2012). ‘Global agriculture and nitrous oxide emissions’. Nature climate change, vol 2, no. 6, pp. 410-416

Abdalla, M., Jones, M., Smith, P. & Williams, M. (2009). ‘Nitrous oxide fluxes and denitrification sensitivity to temperature in Irish pasture soils’. Soil Use & Management, vol 25, no. 4, pp. 376-388

Reay, DS., Dentener, F., Smith, P., Grace, J. & Feely, RA. (2008). ‘Global nitrogen deposition and carbon sinks’. Nature Geoscience, vol 1, no. 7, pp. 430-437

Sutton, MA., Nemitz, E., Erisman, JW., Beier, C., Bahl, KB., Cellier, P., de Vries, W., Cotrufo, F., Skiba, U., Di Marco, C., Jones, S., Laville, P., Soussana, JF., Loubet, B., Twigg, M., Famulari, D., Whitehead, J., Gallagher, MW., Neftel, A., Flechard, CR., Herrmann, B., Calanca, PL., Schjoerring, JK., Daemmgen, U., Horvath, L., Tang, YS., Emmett, BA., Tietema, A., Penuelas, J., Kesik, M., Brueggemann, N., Pilegaard, K., Vesala, T., Campbell, CL., Olesen, JE., Dragosits, U., Theobald, MR., Levy, P., Mobbs, DC., Milne, R., Viovy, N., Vuichard, N., Smith, JU., Smith, P., Bergamaschi, P., Fowler, D. & Reis, S. (2007). ‘Challenges in quantifying biosphere-atmosphere exchange of nitrogen species’. Environmental Pollution, vol 150, no. 1, pp. 125-139