Professional summary

Hannah Young is an environmental data scientist with interests in greenhouse gas emissions modelling, land use, and pathways to Net Zero. Hannah plays a key role in producing the UK’s annual Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) greenhouse gas inventory, as well as implementing upgrades to the models used. She also works on a range of other Net Zero and Land Use-related projects, including relating to UK rural land use archetypes, carbon savings from biomass crops, and vegetable production on peatlands.

Hannah’s background is in meteorology and climate change, with expertise in both geospatial data analysis and qualitative data collection. Her previous research focussed on the impacts of climate change on communities across Africa, particularly through impacts on food security and flooding, and how climate information could inform adaptation decision making. She worked on projects focussing on the role of climate information in government decision making, developed environmental data platforms, and provided weather and climate information to the UK government to inform development planning.

Other Publications

Young, H. R., Cha, Y., Den Boer, H., Schellens, M., Nash, K., Watmough, G. R., ... & Woodhouse, I. H. (2023). Strata: Mapping climate, environmental and security vulnerability hotspots. Political Geography100, 102791.

Young, H. R., Shepherd, T. G., Acidri, J., Cornforth, R. J., Petty, C., Seaman, J., & Todman, L. C. (2021). Storylines for decision-making: climate and food security in Namibia. Climate and Development13(6), 515-528.

Young, H. R., & Klingaman, N. P. (2020). Skill of seasonal rainfall and temperature forecasts for East Africa. Weather and Forecasting35(5), 1783-1800.

Young, H. R., Cornforth, R. J., Todman, L. C., Miret, J. A., Shepherd, T. G., Petty, C., O’Sullivan, D. M., Wagstaff, C., Mason, O. and Talwisa, M. (2020). Assessing the impact of climate change on sweet potato in Uganda, GCRF Sweet Potato Catalyst, Policy Brief No. 1, Walker Institute.

Plumpton, H., Young, H. R., Miret, J. A., Cornforth, R. J., Petty, C., Todman, L. C., O’Sullivan, D. M., Wagstaff, C., Mason, O., Shepherd, T. G., Saabwe C. and Talwisa, M. (2020). Sweet potato production in Uganda in a changing climate: What is the role for fertilisers? GCRF Sweet Potato Catalyst, Policy Brief No. 2, Walker Institute.

Young, H. R., Cornforth, R. J., Gaye, A. T., & Boyd, E. (2019). Event Attribution science in adaptation decision-making: the context of extreme rainfall in urban Senegal. Climate and Development11(9), 812-824.

Boyd, E., James, R. A., Jones, R. G., Young, H. R., & Otto, F. E. (2017). A typology of loss and damage perspectives. Nature Climate Change7(10), 723-729.

Parker (Young), H. R., Boyd, E., Cornforth, R. J., James, R., Otto, F. E., & Allen, M. R. (2017). Stakeholder perceptions of event attribution in the loss and damage debate. Climate Policy17(4), 533-550.

Parker (Young), H. R., Lott, F. C., Cornforth, R. J., Mitchell, D. M., Sparrow, S., & Wallom, D. (2017). A comparison of model ensembles for attributing 2012 West African rainfall. Environmental Research Letters12(1), 014019.

Parker (Young), H. R., Cornforth, R. J., Suarez, P., Allen, M. R., Boyd, E., James, R., ... & Walton, P. (2016). Using a game to engage stakeholders in extreme event attribution science. International Journal of Disaster Risk Science7, 353-365.