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Daniel D. Moran

Environmental Economist
Norwegian University of Science and Technology


Dr. Moran is a Senior Researcher in environmental economics at NTNU. He is an active contributor to the development and application of MRIO global supply chains models. Prior to joining NTNU Daniel worked at MSCI in New York pricing ESG risk in investment portfolios. He has also worked with the Nobel laureate Paul Romer developing an economics MOOC, at the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia creating courses on carbon risk pricing, with the Global Footprint Network and WWF, and before that for several dot-com startups in his native California.

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Industrial Ecology Program
Department of Energy and Process Engineering
Faculty of Engineering
Høgskoleringen 5, Trondheim 7034, Norway

On campus: Realfagbygget E4-156

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Estimating CO2 Emissions for 108,000 European Cities [preprint]
Moran, D., Pichler, P.P., Zheng, H., Muri, H., Klenner, J. Diogo, K., Többen, J., Weisz, H., Wiedmann, T., Wyckmans, A., Strømman, A.H., Gurney, K.R.
Earth Syst. Sci. Data

We developed a GHG emissions inventory for all cities and local governments in Europe. Results are available here: This has been a popular resource, with 150,000 views of the post on LinkedIn, and >60,000 hits on the website. Read an overview in Norwegian SciTech News

Entropy-based Chinese City-level MRIO table Framework
Zheng, H., Többen, J., Dietzenbacher, E., Moran, D., Meng, J., Wang, D., Guan, D.
Economic Systems Research
Time to rethink trophic levels in aquaculture policy
Cottrell, R. S. Metian, M., Froehlich, H. E., Blanchard, J. L., Jacobsen, N. S., McIntyre, P. B., Nash, K. L., Williams, D. R., Bouwman, A. F., Gephart, J. A., Kuempel, C. D., Moran, D., Troell, M., Halpern, B. S.
Reviews in Aquaculture
CO2 embodied in trade: Trends and fossil fuel drivers
Weber, S., Gerlagh, R., Mathys, N., Moran, D.
Environmental Science and Pollution Research
Mapping the structure of the world economy
Lenzen, M., K. Kanemoto, D. Moran, A. Geschke.
Environmental Science & Technology
10.1021/es300171xSupp. Info

This is the core paper of the Eora global supply chain database.

The Global MRIO Lab - Charting the world economy
Lenzen, M., A. Geschke, M. Rahman, Y. Xiao, E. Dietzenbacher, S. Inomata, K. Kanemoto, B. Los, D. Moran, R. Reyes, H. Schulte in den Bäumen, A. Tukker, T. Walmsley, T. Wiedmann, R. Wood, N. Yamano
Economic Systems Research
Variation in trends of consumption based carbon accounts
R. Wood, R. Moran, J. F. D. Rodrigues, K. Stadler
Scientific Data
The Environmental footprints Explorer: A Database for Global Sustainability Accounting
Stadler, K., Lonka, R., D. Moran, Pallas, G., Wood, R.
Proceedings of the 29th EnviroInfo and 3rd ICT4S Conference 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark
Improving the analysis of global value chains: the UNCTAD-Eora Database
B. Casella, R. Bolwijn, D. Moran, K. Kanemoto
Transnational Corporations
From Satellite to Supply Chain: New Approaches Connect Earth Observation to Economic Decisions
D. Moran, Giljum, S., Kanemoto, K.,Godar, J.
One Earth

A general-reader overview of how spatial footprinting methods can be useful to businesses and governments by linking satellite, and other remote-sensed environmental data, to specific economic decisions. Watch lectures presenting spatial footprinting: Leiden EEE Lecture Series and The Alan Turing Institute

Identifying the Species Threat Hotspots from Global Supply Chains
D. Moran, Kanemoto, K.
Nature Ecology & Evolution.

This paper was widely covered in the press, including by National Geographic, Scientific American, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Discover Magazine, AFP (in several languages), Le Monde, FAZ, El Mundo, and many others.

International trade drives biodiversity threats in developing nations
Lenzen, M, D. Moran, K. Kanemoto, B. Foran, L. Lobefaro, A. Geschke
10.1038/nature11145 Supp. Info

This paper published in Nature was widely covered in the press, including by Scientific American, BBC, Reuters, Le Monde, AFP, and many national magazines and newspapers. Edgar Hertwich wrote a nice commentary about the paper.

Agricultural and forestry trade drives large share of tropical deforestation emissions
F. Pendrill, U. M. Persson, J. Godar, T. Kastner, D. Moran,S. Schmidt, R. Wood
Global Environmental Change

This study found that 29–39% of emissions from deforestation (0.65Gt CO2) are driven by international trade, mainly in beef and oilseeds. One sixth of the carbon footprint of EU diets is due to deforestation emissions.

Putting all foods on the same table: Achieving sustainable food systems requires full accounting
B. S. Halpern, R. S. Cottrell, J. L. Blanchard, L. Bouwman, H. E. Froehlich, J. A. Gephart, N. S. Jacobsen, C. Kuempel, P. B. McIntyre, M. Metian, D. Moran, K. L. Nash, J. Többen, D. Williams
Proceedings of the National Academies of Science

We argued that research on sustainable diets needs to give more attention to non-mainstream foods. The top commodity crops are well-measured and well reported on, but smallholder crops and artisenal fisheries are often neglected in big-picture studies about sustinable diets.

Integrating Life Cycle and Impact Assessments to Map Food's Cumulative Environmental Footprint
C. D. Kuempel, M. Frazier, K. L. Nash, N. S. Jacobsen, D. R. Williams, J. L. Blanchard, R. S. Cottrell, P. B. McIntyre, D. Moran,L. Bouwman, H. E. Froehlich, J. A. Gephart, M. Metian, J. Többen, B. S. Halpern
One Earth
Resource footprints and their Ecosystem Consequences
Verones, F., D. Moran, Stadler, K., Wood, R. Kanemoto, K.
Scientific Reports
Trade and the role of non-food commodities for global eutrophication
Hamilton, H., Ivanova, D., Stadler, K., Merciai, S., Schmidt, J., van Zelm, R., Moran, D., Wood, R.
Nature Sustainability
Meat consumption does not explain differences in household food carbon footprints in Japan
Kanemoto, K, Moran, D., Shigetomi, Y., Reynolds, C., Kondo, Y.
One Earth
Carbon Footprints of 13,000 Cities
D. Moran, Kanemoto, K., Jiborn, M., Wood, R., Tobben, J., Seto, K. C.
Environmental Research Letters

In this study we estimated the Scope 3 carbon footprint of 13,000 cities globally, drawing on both existing models and expanding coverage to new countries. The study was reported on in Scientific American, National Geographic, US News and World Report, among others. Project website:

Spatial Variation in Household Consumption-Based Carbon Emission Inventories for 1,200 Japanese Cities
Kanemoto, K.; Shigetomi, Y.; Hoang, N.; Okuoka, K.; Moran, D.
Environmental Research Letters
The ecological footprint of cities and regions: comparing resource availability with resource demand
Wackernagel, M., J. Kitzes, D. Moran, S. Goldfinger, M. Thomas
Environment & Urbanization
Ecological Footprint Accounts for Advancing Sustainability: Measuring Human Demand on Nature
Wackernagel, M., D. Moran, S. White, and M. Murray.
Chapter in Lawn, P. (ed.), Sustainable Development Indicators and Public Policy: Assessing the Policy-Guiding Value of Sustainable Development Indicators. Edward Elgar: London.
Quantifying Europe's biodiversity footprints and the role of urbanization and income
Koslowski, M., Wood, R., Tisserant, A., Moran, D.
Global Sustainability
Mapping the Carbon Footprint of Nations
Kanemoto, K., Moran, D., Hertwitch, E.
Environmental Science and Technology

This paper was highlighted as an Editor’s Choice in Science

National Greenhouse Gas Accounting for Effective Climate Policy on International Trade
Kander, A., Jiborn, M., D. Moran, Wiedmann, T.
Nature Climate Change
Beyond peak emission transfers: historical impacts of globalisation and future impacts of climate policies on international emission transfers
Wood, R; Grubb, M; Anger-Kraavi, A; Stadler, K; Pollitt, H; Rizzo, Ben; Alexandri, E.; Moran, D.; Hertwich, E; Tukker, A.
Climate Policy
The structure, drivers, and policy implications of the European carbon footprint
Wood, R., Neuhoff, K., Moran, D., Simas, M., Grubb, M., Stadler, K.
Climate Policy
Frameworks for comparing emissions associated with production, consumption, and international trade
Kanemoto, K., M. Lenzen, G. Peters, D. Moran, A. Geschke
Environmental Science & Technology
Decoupling or delusion? Measuring emissions displacement in foreign trade
Jiborn, M., Kander, A., Kulionis, V., Nielsen, H., Moran, D.
Global Environmental Change
Consistency of technology-adjusted consumption-based accounting Reply
Kander, A., M. Jiborn, D. Moran, T. Wiedman
Nature Climate Change
Quantifying the potential for consumer-oriented policy to reduce European and foreign carbon emissions
Moran, D., Wood, R., Hertwich, E., Matteson, K., Tukker, A., Rodriguez, J., Schannes, K., Barrett, J.
Climate Policy

This paper was discussed in a special report by The Economist about what individuals and companies can do to reduce their Scope 3 emissions.

Tracing Global Supply Chains to Air Pollution Hotspots
D. Moran, Kanemoto, K.
Environmental Research Letters
Tracing Embodied CO2 in Trade using High Resolution Input-Output Tables
D. Moran, A. Geschke
Chapter in Computationally Intelligent Data Analysis for Sustainable Development. Ed. T. Yu. ISBN 9781138198692
Particulate matter-attributable mortality and relationships with carbon dioxide in 250 urban areas worldwide
S. C. Anenberg, P. Achakulwisut, M. Brauer, D. Moran, J. S. Apte, D. K. Henze
Scientific Reports
Identifying critical supply chain paths and key sectors for mitigating primary carbonaceous PM2.5 mortality in Asia
Nagashima, F; Kagawa, S; Suh, S; Nansai, K; D. Moran
Economic Systems Research

Featured as a Research Highlight in Nature Climate Change

The Material Footprint of Nations – Reassessing Resource Productivity
Wiedmann, T., H. Schandel, D. Moran, J. West, M. Lenzen, K. Kanemoto, S. Suh
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
doi:10.1073/pnas.1220362110 Supp. Info
FABIO — The Construction of the Food and Agriculture Biomass Input–Output Model
M. Bruckner, R. Wood, D. Moran, N. Kuschnig, H. Wieland, V. Maus, J. Börner
Environmental Science & Technology
The footprint of using metals – new metrics of consumption and productivity
Wiedmann, T., Schandl, H., D. Moran.
Environmental Economics and Policy Studies
Global Supply Chains of Coltan
D. Moran, D. McBain, K. Kanemoto, M. Lenzen, A. Geschke
Journal of Industrial Ecology
The Swedish Footprint: A Multi-model Comparison
Dawkins, E., Moran, D., Palm, V., Wood, R. Björk, I.
Journal of Cleaner Production
2018. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.11.023
The uncertainty of consumption-based carbon accounts
Rodrigues, J. F. D., Moran, D., Wood R., Behrens, P.
Environmental Science & Technology
. Online 13 June 2018. 10.1021/acs.est.8b00632
Prioritizing Consumption-Based Carbon Policy Based on the Evaluation of Mitigation Potential Using Input-Output Methods
R. Wood, Moran, D., Stadler, K., Ivanova, D., Steen-Olsen, K., Tisserant, A., Hertwich, E.
Journal of Industrial Ecology
. Online 4 Dec 2017. 10.1111/jiec.12702
A Note on the Magnitude of the Feedback Effect in Multi-Region Input-Output Tables
D. Moran, Wood, R., Rodrigues, J. F. D.
Journal of Industrial Ecology
. Online 6 Sep 2017. 10.1111/jiec.12658
Compiling and using input-output frameworks through collaborative virtual laboratories
Lenzen, M., Geschke, A., Wiedmann, T., Lane, J., Anderson, N., Baynes, T., Boland, J., Daniels, P., Dey, C., Fry, J., Hadjikakou, M., Kenway, S., Malik, A., D. Moran, D., Murray, J., Nettleton, S., Poruschi, L., Reynolds, C., Rowley, H., Ugon, J., Webb, D. and West, J.
Science of the Total Environment
Investigating Alternative Approaches to Harmonise Multi-Regional Input-Output Data
Geschke, A., Wood, R., Kanemoto, K., Lenzen, M., D. Moran
Economic Systems Research
. 10.1080/09535314.2014.937069
A non-sign-preserving RAS variant
Lenzen, M., D. Moran, A. Geschke, K. Kanemoto
Economic Systems Research
Structural change and the environment: A case study of china's production recipe and carbon dioxide emissions
Lan, J, Lenzen, M, Dietzenbacher, E, D. Moran , Kanemoto, K, Murray, J, Geschke, A.
Journal of Industrial Ecology
A cycling method for constructing input-output table time series from incomplete data
Lenzen, M, M. Moura, A. Geschke, K. Kanemoto, D. Moran
Economic Systems Research
Measuring Sustainable Development - Nation by Nation
D. Moran, M. Wackernagel, J. Kitzes, S. Goldfinger, A. Boutaud
Ecological Economics
Measuring Sustainability
D. Moran, M. Wackernagel
in The Educator’s Guide to Sustainability. Ed. J. Murray, C. Dey, C. Andrews.
Using Ecological Footprint Accounts: From analysis to applications
M. Wackernagel, S. White, D. Moran
Int. J. Environment and Sustainable Development
L’impronta Ecologica
M. Wackernagel, D. Moran, S. Goldfinger
Does Ecologically Unequal Exchange Occur?
D. Moran, M. Lenzen, K. Kanemoto, A. Geschke
Ecological Economics
10.1016/j.ecolecon.2013.02.013 Supp. Info

This paper prompted a critical response by Dorninger and Hornborg; here is their commentary, and our reply

Trading Spaces: Embodied Ecological Footprints in Trade
D. Moran, M. Wackernagel, J. Kitzes, M. Murray, B. Heumann, D. Phan
Ecological Economics
Interpretation and application of the Ecological Footprint: A reply to Fiala
Kitzes, J. D. Moran_, Galli, A., Wada, M., Wackernagel, M.
Ecological Economics
International Trade of Scarce Water
Lenzen, M, D. Moran, et al
Ecological Economics
Global Economic Impacts of Severe Space Weather
Schulte in den Bäumen, H., D. Moran, Lenzen, M., Cairns, I., Steenge, A.
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci
Decoupling between human development and energy consumption within footprint accounts
Ortzi, Akizu-Gardoki, G. Bueno, T. Wiedmann, J. Manuel Lopez-Guede, I. Arto, P. Hernandez, D. Moran
Journal of Cleaner Production
Time Matters: The Carbon Footprint of Everyday Activities in Austria
Smetschka, B., Wiedenhofer, D., Egger, C., Haselsteiner, E., Moran, D., Gaube, V.
Ecological Economics

Carbon footprint and Input-Output Analysis - An Introduction - by Tommy Wiedmann

The Role of Input-Output Analysis for Screening Corporate Carbon Footprints Y. Anny Huang et al.

Introduction to Environmentally Extended IO Analysis - By Anke Schaffartzik and colleagues at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vienna

An Introduction to Environmentally-Extended Input-Output Analysis - by Justin Kitzes

Calculating Value Added in Trade - A User Guide - by Aqib Aslam and colleagues at the IMF

Eurostat Input-Output Manual - Along with the UN SNA, the canonical reference manual.

Input-Output Analysis: Foundations and Extensions - The textbook by Miller and Blair

Manfred Lenzen's MRIO lecture series on YouTube - Highly recommended