Peter Beets

Contact

  • Phone: +64 7 343 5577
  • Email: peter.beets@scionresearch.com
  • Team: Site Productivity
  • Role: Senior Scientist & Project Leader, Carbon and Climate Change

About

Dr Peter Beets is one of New Zealand’s leading specialists in understanding the role of forests in mitigating climate change. In 2007 he was recognised for his contribution to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the IPCC.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Systems Ecology), University of Georgia, USA  - 1982.
  • MSc (Forestry), University of Canterbury, New Zealand -1974.
  • BSc (Hons) (Botany), University of Canterbury, New Zealand -1973.

Research capabilities

  • Assessment and measurement of carbon stocks in planted and natural forest
  • Modelling carbon stocks and changes in planted forest
  • Wood density prediction from site factors
  • LiDAR remote sensing of forest carbon and stem volume
  • Planted forest productivity, water-use, and tree nutrition

Career highlights

  • Project Leader, Carbon and Climate Change, Scion 2003-present
  • Member of MAF steering group for NZ ETS, 2007- present
  • TRANZFOR Scientist Exchange Programme Fellow, 2009
  • Contribution to Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change award of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 to the IPCC
  • Contributing to development of national carbon monitoring systems (LUCAS) for planted and natural forest, 2002-present

Selected papers

Beets, P.N., Brandon, A.M., Goulding, C.J., Kimberley, M.O., Paul, T.S.H., Searles, N. 2011. The inventory of carbon stock in New Zealand’s post-1989 planted forest for reporting under the Kyoto Protocol. Forest Ecology and Management, 262, 1119–1130.

Beets, P.N., Reutebuch, S., Kimberley, M.O., Oliver, G.R., Pearce, S.H., McGaughey, R.J. (2011). Leaf Area Index, Biomass Carbon and Growth Rate of Radiata Pine Genetic Types and Relationships with LiDAR. Forests, 2, 637-659.

Stephens, P.R., Kimberley, M.O., Beets, P.N., Paul, T.S.H., Searles, N., Bell, A., Brack, C., Broadley, J. (2012). Airborne scanning LiDAR in a double sampling forest carbon inventory. Remote Sensing of Environment, 117, 348-357.

Kirschbaum, M.U.F., Whitehead, D., Dean, S.M., Beets, P.N., Shepherd, J.D., Ausseil, A.G.E. (2011). Implications of albedo changes following afforestation on the benefits of forests as carbon sinks. Biogeosciences Discussion, 8, 8563–8589.

Beets, P.N., Hood, I.A., Kimberley M.O., Oliver, G.R., Pearce, S.H., Gardner, J.F. (2008). Coarse woody debris decay rates for seven indigenous tree species in the central North Island of New Zealand. Forest Ecology and Management, 256, 548 - 557.

Beets, P.N., Kimberley, M.O., and McKinley, R. (2007). Predicting wood density of Pinus radiata annual growth increments. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 37, 241-266.

Beets, P.N., Pearce, S.H., Oliver, G.R. Clinton, P.W. (2007). Root/shoot ratios for deriving the below ground biomass of Pinus radiata stands. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 37, 267-288.

Beets, P.N., Oliver, G.R. (2007). Water use by managed stands of Pinus radiata, indigenous podocarp/hardwood forest, and improved pasture in the central North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Forestry Science, 37, 306-323.