Robert Matthews

Robert Matthews (Investigator- WP3 lead) Forest Research


Robert Matthews

Contact details:

Forest Research
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH



Tel: +44 (0)3000675682

Fax: +44 (0)142023653



Role in MAGLUE: Investigator, Work Package 3 leader


Research background: Robert Matthews is a Programme Group Manager in Forest Research, managing Forest Resources Evaluation Group and a major Forestry Commission Research Programme. He has developed state of the art models for predicting forest growth and timber yield, which are already in daily use. Robert has made an influential contribution to scientific understanding of the role of forests, forest management and timber utilisation in the carbon balance. He developed the first analytical forest carbon accounting model, CARBINE, in 1988. He presented on of the first analyses of the roles of timber in material and bioenergy substitution in 1992, demonstrating the potential national scale significance and implications for carbon accounting in 1994. Robert has made an internationally recognised contribution to the evaluation of biomass and bioenergy production and utilisation systems.


Robert’s role in the MAGLUE project is to lead work package 3 to gain a better quantification of GHG balance and soil carbon impacts for several overseas feedstock types of relevance to the UK.



Dyson, K., A. Thomson, D. Mobbs, R. Milne, U. Skiba, A. Clark, P. Levy, S. Jones, M. Billett and K. Dinsmore. 2009. Inventory and projections of UK emissions by sources and removals by sinks due to land use, land use change and forestry. Annual report July 2009


Hastings, A., M.J. Tallis, E. Casella, R.W. Matthews, P.A. Henshall, S. Milner, P. Smith and G. Taylor. 2014. The technical potential of Great Britain to produce ligno‐cellulosic biomass for bioenergy in current and future climates. GCB Bioenergy. 6:108-122.


Matthews, R. 2001. Modelling of energy and carbon budgets of wood fuel coppice systems. Biomass and Bioenergy. 21:1-19.


Matthews, R., M. Broadmeadow, D. Read, P. Freer-Smith, J. Morison, N. Hanley, C. West and P. Snowdon. 2009. The potential of UK forestry to contribute to government's emissions reduction commitments. Combating climate change: a role for UK forests. An assessment of the potential of the UK's trees and woodlands to mitigate and adapt to climate change:139-162.


Thompson, D.A. and R.W. Matthews. 1989. The storage of carbon in trees and timber. Research Information Note-Forestry Commission Research Division


Thomson, A., D. Mobbs, R. Milne, U. Skiba, P. Levy, S. Jones, M. Billett, M. Van Oijen, N. Ostle and B. Foereid. 2007. Inventory and projections of UK emissions by sources and removals by sinks due to land use, land use change and forestry. Annual Report June 2007