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Dr Carl Boardman

Dr Carl P Boardman

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • School of Engineering & Innovation
  • carl.boardman

Professional biography

Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Sciences at The Open University; researching the environmental impact of waste management processes and end-of-life materials. Background in biogeochemistry (PhD) with expertise in carbon cycling and natural ecosystems. I teach on the MSc in Environmental Management (F65) qualification and undertake the Post Graduate Research Tutor role (PhD administration) for the School of Engineering and Innovation.

I am a member of the Integrated Waste Systems (IWS) research group at The Open University, which aims to  promote sustainable ways to manage waste and resources through a better understanding of analytical and social sciences in the area;

Website: http://www9.open.ac.uk/mct-ei/research/integrated-waste-systems/about-us

I am a multidisciplinary scientist therefore my research activities span a number of disciplines and additional research groups at the OU. I am affiliated with the Smart Materials research group and Materials Engineering research group;

Website: http://stem.open.ac.uk/research/groups/smart-materials

Research interests

Current research interests and activities include:

  1. The quantification and breakdown of plastic materials within natural and managed environments;
  2. Greenhouse emissions from waste management processes;
  3. The use of satellites for earth observation

Current PhD students:

  1. Ahmed Nawaz - Microbiology degradation of plastics in aquatic environments.
  2. Nara Davaasuren - Monitoring pollution in the worlds oceans using satellites.
  3. Javier Ruiz-Ramos - Monitoring deforestation worldwide using radar satellite data.
  4. Alice Fraser-McDonald - Landfill site trees: Potential source of sink of greenhouse gases?

Contract research and consultancy

Biodegradability testing

  • Aerobic - Dynamic respiration tests (DR4); biodegradability plastic testing (EN 13432); PAS100 stability test; real-world simulations - terrestrial soils and aquatic environments.
  • Anaerobic - Biochemical and residual methane potential test (BMc - RBP); real-world simulations, e.g. anoxic soils, landfill simulations and oceanic sedmiments. 

Teaching interests

Managing for Environmental Sustainability (Chair - 2016 onwards)http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/modules/t867

This modules increases students understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management. It takes a multidisciplinary perspective on resources, sustainability and health and safety management, through a greater understanding of strategy, policy, data collection and knowledge management.

Environmental Monitoring and Protection (support role when required)http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/modules/t868

This module teaches different environmental monitoring techniques for water, noise, air, and wastes; how to model and interpret the impacts of pollutants; and the techniques available to eliminate the pollutants.

Impact and engagement

DEFRA

2015 - Technology advisory board on biodegradability standards (single-use carrier bag levy).

 

Publications

Biodegradability standards for carrier bags and plastic films in aquatic environments: a critical review (2018)
Harrison, Jesse P.; Boardman, Carl; O'Callaghan, Kenneth; Delort, Anne-Marie and Song, Jim
Royal Society Open Science, 5, Article 171792
A culture-independent and culture-dependent study of the bacteria community from the bedrock soil interface (2015-12-15)
Olsson-Francis, Karen; Pearson, Victoria; Boardman, Carl; Schofield, Paul; Oliver, Anna and Summers, Stephen
Advances in Microbiology, 5(13) (pp. 842-857)
A mesocosm study of the effect of restoration on methane (CH4) emissions from blanket peat (2014-10-12)
Green, Sophie; Baird, Andy J.; Boardman, Carl P. and Gauci, Vincent
Wetlands Ecology and Management, 22(5) (pp. 523-537)
Reduction of the temperature sensitivity of minerotrophic fen methane emissions by simulated glacial atmospheric carbon dioxide starvation (2013-04-10)
Boardman, Carl P.; Gauci, Vincent; Fox, Andrew; Blake, Stephen and Beerling, David J.
Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 118(2) (pp. 462-470)
Contrasting wetland CH4 emission responses to simulated glacial atmospheric CO2 in temperate bogs and fens (2011-12)
Boardman, Carl P.; Gauci, Vincent; Watson, Jonathan S.; Blake, Stephen and Beerling, David J.
New Phytologist, 192(4) (pp. 898-911)
Aerosol evolution from a busy road in North-West England (2009-02)
Davison, Brian; Whyatt, Duncan and Boardman, Carl
Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 18(1) (pp. 55-60)
Detecting microplastics pollution in world oceans using SAR remote sensing (2018-05-14)
Davaasuren, Narangerel; Marino, Armando; Ackermann, Nicolas; Alparone, Matteo; Nunziata, Ferdinando and Boardman, Carl
In : IGARSS 2018: IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (22-27 Jul 2018, Valencia, Spain)
Exploring The Use Of SAR Remote Sensing To Detect Microplastics Pollution In The Oceans (2018-05-01)
Davaasuren, Narangerel; Marino, Armando; Boardman, Carl; Ackermann, Nicolas; Alparone, Matteo and Nunziata, Ferdinando
In : 5th Advances in SAR Oceanography Workshop (SeaSAR 2018) (7-11 May 2018, Frascati, Italy)
Polarimetry SAR detectors for monitoring Mediterranean forest fires events (2018-03-13)
Ruiz-Ramos, Javier; Marino, Armando and Boardman, Carl P.
In : Wavelength conference 2018 (12-14 Mar 2018, University of Sheffield)
Plastic Microbial Acclimation and Optimisation of Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Processes may Improve Degradation Times (2017-10-02)
Boardman, C. P.; Summers, S. S.; Olsson-Francis, K. and Gladding, T.
In : 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2017) (2-6 Oct 2017, S. Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy,)
The Use Of Dynamic Life Cycle Assessment To Evaluate The Long Term Climate Change Impacts Of Waste Management Processes (2017-10-02)
Burnley, Stephen and Boardman, Carl
In : 16th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2017) (2-6 Oct 2017, S. Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy,)
Greenhouse gas emissions from non-recyclable residual household waste within domestic wheeled bins (2015-10-05)
Boardman, C.; Burnley, S.; Gauci, V. and Gladding, T.
In : 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium (Sardinia 2015) (5-9 Oct 2015, S. Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy)
Wetland methane emission response to last glacial maximum atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration (2008-12)
Boardman, C.; Gauci, V. and Beerling, D.
In : American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting 2008 (15-18 Dec 2008, San Francisco, USA)
Using Sentinel 1-SAR for Monitoring Long Term Variation in Burnt Forest Areas ()
Ruiz-Ramos, Javier; Marino, Armando and Boardman, Carl P.
In : IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (22-27 Jul 2018, Valencia, Spain) (pp. 4901-4904)
Review of standards for biodegradable plastic bags. (2015-12-17)
O'Callaghan, K.; Boardman, Carl; Murphy, Richard; Harrison, Jesse; Kosior, Ed; Song, Jim and Delort, Anne-Marie
Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, London.
Evidence: Biofilter performance and operation as related to commercial composting (2013-04)
Frederickson, J.; Boardman, C. P.; Gladding, T. L.; Simpson, A. E.; Howell, G. and Sgouridis, F.
Environment Agency, Bristol.
Investigation of peatland restoration (grip blocking) techniques to achieve best outcomes for methane and greenhouse gas emissions/balance. Controlled Environment (Mesocosm) Experiment. Final Report to Defra. Project code SP1202 (2011)
Green, S; Boardman, Carl; Baird, A and Gauci, Vincent
Defra