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Roxana Petrescu is a senior environmental researcher specialised on emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). At the VU Amsterdam she is part of the Earth and Climate Cluster research team. She was/is working for EU funded projects such as: VERIFY, CoCO2 and AVENGERS.

Her work is dealing with reconciliation and assessment of different models and tools leading to verification of GHG inventories by synthesising observation-based estimates of GHG fluxes from bottom-up (emission inventory data, process-based model results, data-driven sector model results), top-down (inversion-based estimates) and global emissions databases (e.g. EDGAR, FAOSTAT). This work is done in close collaboration with national reporting agencies and informs them, as well as third parties, on existing procedures which can be potentially used to verify national level UNFCCC reported emission inventories with other scientific estimates. The final aim is to develop an operational tool used by agencies to complement their official UNFCCC GHG estimates with atmospheric-based estimates.

She has a background diploma in environmental engineering and a PhD in environmental sciences/hydrology. She has more than 15 years of environmental research experience related to emissions of GHGs (CO2, CH4 and partly N2O). Roxana’s main expertise is modelling of CH4 emissions from natural wetlands with interests in other sectors as well (e.g. forestry and agriculture).

Roxana Petrescu’s work on data review and analysis is well represented by her scientific publications. She is trained in reporting and presenting her results to a broad audience having different backgrounds e.g. scientists, policy makers and stakeholders.


  • Global modelling of natural CH4 emissions from wetlands
  • Emissions of  greenhouse gases (bottom-up modelling – CO2, CH4, N2O)
  • Emission inventory calculation and verification methodology
  • Climate data analysis
  • Land climate interactions
  • Hydrological modelling/processes
  • Remote sensing
  • Interests in forestry, agriculture and energy sectors.
  • Environmental project management and planning

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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  • Reconciliation of observation- and inventory- based methane emissions for eight large global emitters

    Petrescu, A-M-R., P. Peters, G., Engelen, R., Houweling, S., Brunner, D., Tsuruta, A., Matthews, B., K. Patra, P., Belikov, D., Thompson, R. L., Höglund-Isaksson, L., Zhang, W., Segers, A., Etiope, G., Ciotoli, G., Peylin, P., Chevallier, F., Aalto, T., Andrew, R. M., Bastviken, D., & 16 othersBerchet, A., Broquet, G., Conchedda, G., Gütschow, J., Haussaire, J-M., Lauerwald, R., Markkanen, T., van Peet, J., Pison, I., Regnier, P., Solum, E., Scholze, M., Tenkanen, M., N. Tubiello, F., van der Werf, G. & Worden, J. R., 2 Jan 2024, In: Earth System Science Data.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  • CO2 and CH4 observation-based budgets in support to future Copernicus CO2 emissions Monitoring and Verification Support (CO2MVS) capacity user communities

    Petrescu, A-M-R., P. Peters, G., Andrew, R. M., McGrath, M. J., Peylin, P., Chevallier, F. & Engelen, R., 2023, EGU General Assembly 2023: [Abstracts]. 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

    Open Access
  • The consolidated European synthesis of CH4 and N2O emissions for EU27 and UK: 1990–2019

    Petrescu, A-M-R., Qiu, C., McGrath, M. J., Peylin, P., P. Peters, G., Ciais, P., Thompson, R. L., Tsuruta, A., Brunner, D., Kuhnert, M., Matthews, B., Palmer, P. I., Tarasova, O., Regnier, P., Lauerwald, R., Bastviken, D., Höglund-Isaksson, L., Winiwarter, W., Etiope, G., Aalto, T., & 38 othersBalsamo, G., Bastrikov, V., Berchet, A., Brockmann, P., Ciotoli, G., Conchedda, G., Crippa, M., Dentener, F. J., Groot Zwaaftink, C. D., Guizzardi, D., Günther, D., Haussaire, J-M., Houweling, S., Janssens-Maenhout, G., Kouyate, M., Leip, A., Leppänen, A., Lugato, E., Maisonnier, M., Manning, A. J., Markkanen, T., McNorton, J., Muntean, M., Oreggioni, G. D., Patra, P. K., Perugini, L., Pison, I., Raivonen, M. T., Saunois, M., Segers, A., Smith, P., Solazzo, E., Tian, H., N. Tubiello, F., Vesala, T., van der Werf, G., Wilson, C. & Zaehle, S., 2023, In: Earth System Science Data. 15, 3, p. 1197–1268 72 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The consolidated European synthesis of CO2 emissions and removals for EU27 and UK: 1990–2020

    McGrath, M. J., Petrescu, A-M-R., Peylin, P., Andrew, R. M., Matthews, B., Dentener, F. J., Balkovič, J., Bastrikov, V., Becker, M., Broquet, G., Ciais, P., Fortems-Cheiney, A., Ganzenmüller, R., Grassi, G., Harris, I., Jones, M. W., Knauer, J., Kuhnert, M., Monteil, G., Munassar, S., & 45 othersPalmer, P. I., Peters, G. P., Qiu, C., Schelhaas, M. J., Tarasova, O. A., Vizzarri, M., Winkler, K., Balsamo, G., Berchet, A., Briggs, P., Brockmann, P., Chevallier, F., Conchedda, G., Crippa, M., Dellaert, S., A. C. Denier Van Der Gon, H., Filipek, S., Friedlingstein, P., Fuchs, R., Gauss, M., Gerbig, C., Guizzardi, D., Günther, D., Houghton, R. A., Janssens-Maenhout, G., Lauerwald, R., Lerink, B., Van Der Laan-Luijkx, I. T., Moulas, G., Muntean, M., Nabuurs, G. J., Paquirissamy, A., Perugini, L., Peters, W., Pilli, R., Pongratz, J., Regnier, P., Scholze, M., Serengil, Y., Smith, P., Solazzo, E., Thompson, R. L., N. Tubiello, F., Vesala, T. & Walther, S., 2023, In: Earth System Science Data. 15, 10, p. 4295–4370 76 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Definitions and methods to estimate regional land carbon fluxes for the second phase of the REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes Project (RECCAP-2)

    Ciais, P., Bastos, A., Chevallier, F., Lauerwald, R., Poulter, B., Canadell, P., Hugelius, G., Jackson, R. B., Jain, A., Jones, M., Kondo, M., Luijkx, I. T., Patra, P. K., Peters, W., Pongratz, J., Petrescu, A. M. R., Piao, S., Qiu, C., Von Randow, C., Regnier, P., & 7 othersSaunois, M., Scholes, R., Shvidenko, A., Tian, H., Yang, H., Wang, X. & Zheng, B., 16 Feb 2022, In: Geoscientific Model Development. 15, 3, p. 1289-1316 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • The consolidated European synthesis of CO2 emissions and removals for EU27 and UK: 1990-2018

    Petrescu, A. (Contributor), McGrath, M. J. (Contributor), Andrew, R. M. (Contributor), Peylin, P. (Contributor), Peters, G. P. (Contributor), Ciais, P. (Contributor), Broquet, G. (Contributor), Tubiello, F. N. (Contributor), Gerbig, C. (Contributor), Pongratz, J. (Contributor), Grassi, G. (Contributor), Nabuurs, G. (Contributor), Regnier, P. (Contributor), Lauerwald, R. (Contributor), Kuhnert, M. (Contributor), Balkovic, J. (Contributor), Schelhaas, M. (Contributor), Solazzo, E. (Contributor), Qiu, C. (Contributor), Pilli, R. (Contributor), Konovalov, I. B. (Contributor), Houghton, R. (Contributor), Günther, D. (Contributor), Perugini, L. (Contributor), Crippa, M. (Contributor), Ganzenmüller, R. (Contributor), Luijkx, I. (Contributor), Smith, P. (Contributor), Munassar, S. (Contributor), Thompson, R. L. (Contributor), Conchedda, G. (Contributor), Monteil, G. (Contributor), Scholze, M. (Contributor), Karstens, U. (Contributor) & Dolman, H. (Contributor), Zenodo, 2020


  • The consolidated European synthesis of CH4 and N2O emissions for EU27 and UK: 1990-2017

    Petrescu, A. (Contributor), Qiu, C. (Contributor), Ciais, P. (Contributor), Thompson, R. L. (Contributor), Peylin, P. (Contributor), McGrath, M. J. (Contributor), Solazzo, E. (Contributor), Janssens-Maenhout, G. (Contributor), Tubiello, F. N. (Contributor), Bergamaschi, P. (Contributor), Brunner, D. (Contributor), Peters, G. P. (Contributor), Höglund-Isaksson, L. (Contributor), Regnier, P. (Contributor), Lauerwald, R. (Contributor), Bastviken, D. (Contributor), Tsuruta, A. (Contributor), Winiwarter, W. (Contributor), Patra, P. K. (Contributor), Kuhnert, M. (Contributor), Orregioni, G. D. (Contributor), Crippa, M. (Contributor), Saunois, M. (Contributor), Perugini, L. (Contributor), Markkanen, T. (Contributor), Aalto, T. (Contributor), Groot Zwaaftink, C. D. (Contributor), Yao, Y. (Contributor), Wilson, C. (Contributor), Conchedda, G. (Contributor), Günther, D. (Contributor), Leip, A. (Contributor), Smith, P. (Contributor), Haussaire, J. (Contributor), Leppänen, A. (Contributor), Manning, A. J. (Contributor), McNorton, J. (Contributor), Brockmann, P. (Contributor) & Dolman, H. (Contributor), Zenodo, 2020


  • Data for the consolidated European synthesis of CO2 emissions and removals for EU27 and UK: 1990-2020

    McGrath, M. J. (Contributor), Petrescu, A. (Contributor), Peylin, P. (Contributor), Andrew, R. M. (Contributor), Matthews, B. (Contributor), Dentener, F. (Contributor), Balkovič, J. (Contributor), Bastrikov, V. (Contributor), Becker, M. (Contributor), Broquet, G. (Contributor), Ciais, P. (Contributor), Fortems, A. (Contributor), Ganzenmüller, R. (Contributor), Grassi, G. (Contributor), Harris, I. (Contributor), Jones, M. (Contributor), Knauer, J. (Contributor), Kuhnert, M. (Contributor), Monteil, G. (Contributor), Munassar, S. (Contributor), Palmer, P. I. (Contributor), Peters, G. P. (Contributor), Qiu, C. (Contributor), Schelhaas, M. (Contributor), Tarasova, O. (Contributor), Vizzarri, M. (Contributor), Winkler, K. (Contributor), Balsamo, G. (Contributor), Berchet, A. (Contributor), Briggs, P. (Contributor), Brockmann, P. (Contributor), Chevallier, F. (Contributor), Conchedda, G. (Contributor), Crippa, M. (Contributor), Dellaert, S. (Contributor), Denier van der Gon, H. A. C. (Contributor), Filipek, S. (Contributor), Friedlingstein, P. (Contributor), Fuchs, R. (Contributor), Gauss, M. (Contributor), Gerbig, C. (Contributor), Guizzardi, D. (Contributor), Günther, D. (Contributor), Houghton, R. A. (Contributor), Janssens-Maenhout, G. (Contributor), Lauerwald, R. (Contributor), Lerink, B. (Contributor), Luijkx, I. T. (Contributor), Moulas, G. (Contributor), Muntean, M. (Contributor), Nabuurs, G. (Contributor), Paquirissamy, A. (Contributor), Perugini, L. (Contributor), Peters, W. (Contributor), Pilli, R. (Contributor), Pongratz, J. (Contributor), Regnier, P. (Contributor), Scholze, M. (Contributor), Serengil, Y. (Contributor), Smith, P. (Contributor), Solazzo, E. (Contributor), Thompson, R. L. (Contributor), Tubiello, F. N. (Contributor), Vesala, T. (Contributor) & Walther, S. (Contributor), Zenodo, 2022