Almut Arneth

Prof. Almut Arneth

I am a Biologist by training, with specialisation in Plant-Ecophysiology. In addition to being division-head and group-leader at IMK-IFU, I am professor at the KIT department Geography and Geoecology. Early in my career I have studied terrestrial ecosystem-atmosphere CO2 and water exchange with a range of measurement techniques (eddy covariance, stable isotopes). Over the last 15 years or so, I focussed increasingly on global scale modelling of the interactions between climate change, land-use change, and various terrestrial ecosystem properties, using Dynamic Global Vegetation models (LPJ-GUESS; stand-alone and coupled to the LandSyMM coupled model). I am member of the Scientific Steering Committee of LUMIP (which addresses land-use change – climate change interactions as part of CMIP6, in IPCC AR6). I have also been a Coordinating Lead Author in the Global Assessment of the IPBES (Int. Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services), on the chapter 4 “Future scenarios and projections”, and Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on land and climate change (chapter 1 “setting the scene”). Currently I am acting as a Lead Author in the IPCC 6th Assessment report (WG2, chapter on Terrestrial and Freshwater Ecosystems). I have coordinated the European Commission FP7 project LUC4C (Land use change: net climate forcing and option for mitigation and adaptation) and have been involved for many years in a number of EC FP and nationally-funded projects related to Global Environmental Change.

I am member of the Womens Professor Forum at KIT.