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Almut Arneth

Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth

Head of Division "Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions" and Head of Working Group "Plant Atmosphere Interactions"
group: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
room: 235 B
phone: +49 8821 183 131
fax: +49 8821 735 73
almut arnethSPAM∂kit edu

Research Interests

  • Biosphere-atmosphere interactions in the Earth system
  • Responses of terrestrial biogeochemical cycles to climate change, changing atmospheric composition and land use change
  • Process-based modelling of global vegetation dynamics and surface-atmosphere trace gas exchange




since 3/2012 KIT/IMK-IFU. Head of Division Ecosystem-Atmosphere Interactions. Group Leader (IMK-IFU) and Chair (KIT/IfGG) Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
6/2004–2/2012 Lund University, Lund, Sweden. Marie Curie Excellence Team Leader, Full Professor since 1/2011
5/1998–4/2004 Post-doc and scientist positions at Landcare Research, New Zealand and Max Planck Institutes for Biogeochemistry (Jena) and Meteorology (Hamburg)


4/1998 Ph.D. in Environmental Physics, Soil Science Department, Lincoln University, New Zealand.
3/1994 M.Sc.in Ecophysiology, Department of Plant Ecology, University of Bayreuth.

Awards & Fellowships

since 2012 Helmholtz Professorship
2010 Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation guest-fellowship for experienced researchers
2004 Marie Curie Excellence Team grant, European Commission
2000 Emmy Noether Fellowship, DFG

National and International Expert Assignments

2015-present Member of the Steering Group of the land-use model intercomparions project LUMIP under the auspices of CMIP6
2013-present Member of the EC Horizon 2020 Advisory Group Challenge 5 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials’
2011-present Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the International Geosphere Biosphere (IGBP) Core-Project AIMES (Analysis, Integration and Modelling of the Earth System)
2009-2013 Working group leader, COST Action ES0805, The terrestrial biosphere in the Earth System
2011-2013 Member of the Earth Science Advisory Council of the European Space Agency
2004-2010 Member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IGBP Core-Project iLEAPS (integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Studies)

Selected Peer-reviewed publications

Knorr W, A Arneth, L Jiang. 2016. Demographic controls of future fire risks. Nature Climate Change, in press
Ruehr N, A Gast, C Weber, B Daub, A. Arneth. 2016. Water availability as dominant control of heat stress responses in two contrasting tree species. Tree Physiology, 36, 164-178, 10.1093/treephys/tpv102
Pugh TMP,  A Arneth, S Olin, M Lindeskog, A Bayer, A Arvanitis, G Schurgers. 2015. Carbon emission from land-use change is substantially enhanced by agricultural management, Environmental Research Letters, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/124008
Bayer AD, Pugh TaM, Krause A, Arneth A. 2015. Historical and future quantification of terrestrial carbon sequestration from a Greenhouse-Gas-Value perspective. Global Environmental Change, 32, 153-164, 10.1016/j.gloenvcha. 2015.03.004
Arneth A, C Brown, MDA Rounsevell. 2014. Global models of human decision-making for land-based mitigation and adaptation assessment. Nature Climate Change, 4, 550–557, doi:10.1038/nclimate2250
Lindeskog M, A Arneth, A Bondeau, K Waha, J Seaquist, S Olin, B Smith. 2013. Implications of accounting for land use in simulations of ecosystem carbon cycling in Africa. Earth System Dynamics, 4, doi:10.5194/esd-4-385-2013
Arneth A, G Schurgers, J Lathiére, T Duhl, DJ Beerling, N Hewitt, A Guenther. 2011. Global terrestrial isoprene emission in models: sensitivity to variability in climate and vegetation. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 11, 8037-8052, 10.5194/acp-11-8037-2011
Schurgers G, Arneth A, T Hickler. 2011. Climate-driven changes in species composition affect regional emission capacities of biogenic compounds. Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2011JD016278.
Rounsevell M, Arneth A, 2011. Representing human behaviour and decisional processes in land system models as an integral component of the earth system, Global Environmental Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.04.010
Arneth A, SP Harrison, S Zaehle, K Tsigaridis, S Menon, J Feichter, M Kulmala, A Korhola,  D O’Donell, S Sorvari, T Vesala. 2010. Terrestrial biogeochemical cycles in the climate system, Nature Geoscience, doi: 10.1038/NGEO0905
Arneth A, S Sitch, K Butterbach-Bahl, A Bondeau, N de Noblet-Ducoudré, P Foster, N Gedney, IC Prentice, M Sanderson, K Thonicke, R Wania, S Zaehle. 2010. From biota to chemistry and climate: Towards a comprehensive description of trace gas exchange between the biosphere and atmosphere, Biogeosciences 7, 121-149
Arneth A, N Unger, M Kulmala, MO Andreae. 2009. Clean the air, heat the climate? Science, 326, doi: 10.1126/science.1181568
Friend AD, A Arneth, NY Kiang, M Lomas, J Ogée, C Rödenbeck, SW Running, J-D Santaren, S Sitch, N Viovy, FI Woodward. 2007. FLUXNET and modelling the global carbon cycle. Global Change Biology, 13, 610-633, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2006.01223.x
Arneth A, P Miller, M Scholze, T Hickler, G Schurgers, B. Smith, IC Prentice. CO2 inhibition of terrestrial isoprene emissions: potential implication for atmospheric chemistry. 2007. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L18813, doi:10.1029/2007GL030615