Background and activities
Dr. Moran is a Forsker I (equivalent to a teunured Research Professor in the US system) using applied data science in the field of environmental economics. He is an active contributor to the development and application of input-output models to track resource flows embodied in supply chains. Before starting his academic career Daniel worked on Wall Street pricing ESG risk at MSCI and assisted the Nobel laureate Paul Romer developing an economics hybrid class. Daniel began his career building the original Ecological Footprint accounts and working at several dot-com startups in his native California.
My work using data science to develop high-resolution environmental footprints has been featured in National Geographic, the New York Times, and The Economist. I have presented my work to the US National Academies of Science. My work is highly computational and I make use of HPC facilities to bring empircal data to inform sustainability questions.
According to Google, my academic papers have been cited 11,000+ times and my H-Index is 44. I have been named as one of the world's top 1% most cited researchers for the past three years.
Clarivate/Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2021
Clarivate/Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2020
Clarivate/Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher in 2019
(awarded for producing multiple papers in the top 1% of most-cited papers)
Top 1% cited researcher 2020 - Stanford/Elsevier/Scopus
2013 - PhD, School of Physics, The University of Sydney
2007 - MS, Environmental Studies and Sustainability, Lund University
2001 - BA, Philosophy, Whitman College
The Economics of Planetary Boundaries (Partner; €1,925,000 FORMAS. 2020)
Young Research Talent Grant: The Environmental Footprint of Cities, a New Approach (PI, $900,000, NFR. 2019)
Value-at-risk to global supply chains from disruption to ecosystem services (PI, $50,000, United Nations Environment Programme. 2018)
FOOTPRINTS2.0: Linking Spatial GIS Data to MRIO Global Economic Models (wrote proposal; lead researcher, €650,000, NFR. 2016)
University of Sydney Faculty of Science Scholarship for Postgraduate Research. 2010-2013. €97,000.
I prioritize doing work that is robust, useful, and topical. I strive to clearly communicate and visualize science. Uptake of my work includles:
- The study I led on mapping biodiversity footprints of products, printed in Nature Ecology & Evolution, was widely covered in the press, including by , , , , and .
- Our paper on the scope of individual action to reduce the EU's global carbon footprint was discussed in a special report by about what individuals and companies can do to reduce their Scope 3 emissions.
- , which maps CO2 emissions for 108,000 EU cities, has received >300,000 views. In 2022 I presented this work at the US National Academies of Science.
- The which I helped develop and continue to maintain, documents >5 billion global supply chains and their embodied carbon and resource footprints. That model has supported over 1,000 scientific papers, underpinned research results appearing in Nature and PNAS, and is is used by the UN, IMF, World Bank, and a number of large firms (names withheld).
- Our study on Scope 3 carbon footprint of 13,000 cities globally () was covered by , , Newsweek, the , and , among others.
- Our seminal study on calculating biodiversity footprints published in , , , , and many national magazines and newspapers (see #11 below). My colleague Edgar Hertwich wrote a nice commentary about the paper. was widely covered in the press, including by
All of my publications are available at my website: folk.ntnu.no/daniemor
data science; industrial ecology; environmental economics; carbon footprinting; biodiversity footprints; embodied water; scope 3; consumption-based accounting; LCA; input-ouput; material flow analysis; high performance computing
- TEP4222 - Input-Output Analysis, Trade and Environment
- EP8119 - Industrial Ecology and Input Output Analysis
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2022) Greenhouse gas emissions from global cities under SSP/RCP scenarios, 1990 to 2100. Global Environmental Change. vol. 73.
- (2022) Estimating CO2 Emissions for 108,000 European Cities. Earth System Science Data. vol. 14.
- (2022) Ageing society in developed countries challenges carbon mitigation. Nature Climate Change. vol. 12.
- (2021) Time to rethink trophic levels in aquaculture policy. Reviews in Aquaculture. vol. 13 (3).
- (2021) CO2 embodied in trade: Trends and fossil fuel drivers. Environmental science and pollution research international. vol. 28.
- (2021) Entropy-based Chinese City-level MRIO table Framework. Economic Systems Research.
- (2020) Spatial variation in household consumption-based carbon emission inventories for 1200 Japanese cities. Environmental Research Letters. vol. 15 (11).
- (2020) Quantifying Europe's biodiversity footprints and the role of urbanization and income. Global Sustainability. vol. 3.
- (2020) Integrating life cycle and impact assessments to map food’s cumulative environmental footprint. One Earth. vol. 3 (1).
- (2020) From Satellite to Supply Chain: New Approaches Connect Earth Observation to Economic Decisions. One Earth. vol. 3 (1).
- (2020) Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions. Climate Policy. vol. 20.
- (2020) The structure, drivers and policy implications of the European carbon footprint. Climate Policy. vol. 20.
- (2019) Particulate matter-attributable mortality and relationships with carbon dioxide in 250 urban areas worldwide. Scientific Reports. vol. 9.
- (2019) FABIO – The Construction of the Food and Agriculture Biomass Input-Output Model. Environmental Science and Technology. vol. 53.
- (2019) Improving the analysis of global value chains: the new UNCTAD-Eora Database. Transnational Corporations Journal. vol. 26 (3).
- (2019) The Swedish Footprint: A Multi-model Comparison. Journal of Cleaner Production. vol. 209.
- (2019) Balancing and reconciling large multi-regional input–output databases using parallel optimisation and high-performance computing. Journal of Economic Structures. vol. 8 (2).
- (2019) Putting all food on the same table. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 116 (37).
- (2019) Carbon-Footprint Accounting for the Next Phase of Globalization: Status and Opportunities. One Earth.
- (2019) Meat Consumption Does Not Explain Differences in Household Food Carbon Footprints in Japan. One Earth. vol. 1 (4).