Joana B. Melo

Joana B. Melo


I am a Portuguese forester with working experience in tropical forests of Africa and South America. I am currently a Postgraduate Researcher at the School of Geography, University of Leeds (UK), with a NERC DTP award. I have been following negotiations under the UNFCCC since COP19.

I live in Sheffield (UK) with my husband, our two kids, and our German Shepherd dog Radar.

Research interests

I am interested in applied science and in finding practical approaches to measuring and reporting carbon and carbon emissions in tropical forests. My research includes comparing the spatial patterns of agreement/inconsistencies between available datasets obtained from Earth Observation data, and test methods to improve them for forest monitoring and REDD+ in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • MSc in Forestry and Natural Resources at School of Agriculture, Technical University of Lisbon