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Linda S. Heath

Linda S. Heath


271 Mast Road
Durham, New Hampshire 03824
Phone: 603-868-7612

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Current Research

I recently returned from a 2-year detail under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act Agreement, serving as the Senior Forest Climate Change Specialist to the Global Environment Facility, Washington DC. The GEF is a Vice Presidential Unit within the World Bank. I led the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) portfolio and the Sustainable Forest Management/REDD+ portfolio for the Climate and Chemicals Team; and was the carbon benefits expert for estimation for GEF forest-related projects.

I am currently working with NRS concerning my next Forest Service assignment.

Research Interests

All land management and use potentially contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and sinks, including carbon benefits. Other multiple environmental benefits, such an in the areas of climate change, biodiversity and combating desertification, are also produced. Future research will involve quantifying and understanding multiple environmental benefits from land management and use. Relevant science findings will be communicated to policymakers, practicing land managers, and the public.

Past Research

My research assignment prior to my sabbatical at the GEF was focused on estimating greenhouse gas inventories and their uncertainties associated with forest and land management in the United States, and exploring management impacts. This included online applications: COLE,

Why This Research is Important

Carbon is important to energy production and climate change. Credible estimation of carbon benefits from land management is crucial for development of carbon markets, to meet policy commitments, to practice sustainable land management, and to understand the global carbon cycle.


  • University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Ph.D. Quantitative Resources Management, 1989
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, B.S. Forestry, 1981
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, M.S. Forest Management, 1983

Professional Organizations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society of American Foresters

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National Research Highlights

Forest Carbon Estimates for Climate Benefits Projects Around the World (2012)
Science on forest carbon benefits developed by the Forest Service contributes to a reduction in deforestation and degradation in forests throughout the world

Improving Forest Inventory and Monitoring Capacity in Countries of the World (2013)
Efficient national and subnational level inventory and monitoring systems are needed to characterize carbon and other attributes of forests so that people can become better stewards of their lands. The National Inventory and Monitoring Applications Center (NIMAC) of the Forest Service's Forest Inventory and Analysis Program has developed science-based techniques and software, and is facilitating development of national forest inventory systems by working with forested countries in the tropics. NIMAC scientists also work with the National Forest System and state governments to apply the tools to design inventory systems to meet their specialized needs.

Last updated on : 20-Apr-2016