Michael is part of the Trase team at SEI (trase.earth) with which he is developing supply chain maps in South America to link deforestation for commodity production to global supply chains. His past research has focused on the implications of soybean and cattle production options on the water cycle in Amazonia using both ecohydrology and supply chain impact assessment modeling. He has prior experience in product and river basin water footprint assessments, for which he measured water use for cropland and proposed new models for water use in life cycle assessment. He has also spent several years studying the Pantanal wetland’s carbon biogeochemistry with a focus on CO2 and CH4 emissions.
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land-atmosphere processes
A new study published in Science finds that between 90 and 99 percent of all deforestation in the tropics is driven directly or indirectly by agriculture. Yet only half to two-thirds of this results in the expansion of active agricultural production on the deforested land.
A new article in PNAS brings together detailed data on trade, agriculture, and logistics to produce a subnational map of the origin of Brazil’s exports of beef, offal, and live cattle. The work gives an unprecedented insight into the origin of food and impacts embedded in global supply chains.
GLP Members look at the soy trade in Brazil, the world's largest exporter, to analyze supply chain stickiness and explain why it is essential to curb deforestation. The research was published in One Earth.
A Special Issue in the journal Water will explore a wide range of relationships between agricultural production, the hydrologic cycle and its associated eco-hydrological systems in the tropics worldwide. The issue's Guest Editors are GLP Members Michael Coe, Marcia Macedo and Michael Lathuillière. Please note that the deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020.