Dr Matthias Kuhnert
since 2010 Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Aberdeen (Scotland)
2007 - 2010 Institute of Hydrology and Meteorology of the Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany)
2003 - 2006 GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (Germany)
2002 Visiting scholar at the Institute of Ecological Economics at the University of Maryland (USA)
1994 - 1997 Biological Technician at the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine in Goettingen (Germany)
The research focus is environmental modelling, with the focus on greenhouse gas emissions and soil organic carbon. Especially, croplands and potential mitigation options for climate change were part of recent research. Here negative emissions (carbon sequestration to capture and store carbon from the atmosphere) are of major interest.
Alongside carbon sequestration strategies, carbon accounting including the measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of soil organic carbon changes is of special interest. MRV systems provide data for soil organic carbon changes, which are required for carbon certificate trading, legal obligations or subsidies. My actual work shows also a strong focus on developing applicable MRV systems, which are crucial to implement mitigation strategies.
As an environmental modeller, I use a wide range of different models. In my actual work and mainly use the biogeochemical models DAYCENT and ECOSSE. The actual focus of my modelling work is on European agriculture and rice systems.
Key words: MRV systems, Map Comparison, Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere-Transfer, phenology, ecological modelling, soil erosion, water repellent soils, nitrogen Emissions, scale effects, extreme events, GHG emissions, soil organic carbon, SOC modelling, decomposition, croplands, agriculture, climate neutral, sustainable farming, organic farming
SBS Master projects
Honours Essay Course (BI4517)
Part of the "Catchment Management Course" (EK5511) lecture series: Introduction to hydrological Modelling (this includes a lecture, a practical exercise and a tutorial)
Part of the "Ecology and Environmental Science" (BI1511) lecture series: Interconnectivity, Biogeochemistry 1 + 2, Climate Change and Mitigation
Supervision of 3 PhD students.
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Biological Carbon Sequestration TechnologiesReference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental SciencesContributions to Journals: Articles
Management-induced changes in soil organic carbon on global croplandsBiogeosciences, vol. 19, no. 21, pp. 5125-5149Contributions to Journals: Articles
Soil Carbon Sequestration and BiocharGreenhouse Gas Removal Technologies. Bui, M., Mac Dowell, N. (eds.). Royal Society of Chemistry, pp. 194 - 243Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Environmental Issues: Greenhouse Gas EmissionsReference Module in Food ScienceContributions to Journals: Articles
Same soil, different climate: Crop model intercomparison on translocated lysimetersVadose zone journal, 20202Contributions to Journals: Articles
The consolidated European synthesis of CH4and N2O emissions for the European Union and United Kingdom: 1990-2017Earth System Science Data, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 2307-2362Contributions to Journals: Review articles
The consolidated European synthesis of CO2emissions and removals for the European Union and United Kingdom: 1990-2018Earth System Science Data, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 2363-2406Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Crop growth and soil water fluxes at erosion-affected arable sites: Using weighing lysimeter data for model intercomparisonVadose zone journal, vol. 19, no. 1, 20058Contributions to Journals: Articles
Changes in soil organic carbon under perennial cropsGlobal Change Biology, vol. 26, no. 7, pp. 4158-4168Contributions to Journals: Articles
Measurement of N2O emissions over the whole year is necessary for estimating reliable emission factorsEnvironmental Pollution, vol. 259, 113864Contributions to Journals: Literature Reviews