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Dr. Stijn Hantson

group: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
room: 330
phone: +49 8821 183 152
fax: +49 8821 735 73
stijn hantsonSPAMβˆ‚kit edu

Research Interests

  • Understanding global fire regimes and their relation to ecosystem functioning
  • global fire-vegetation modeling
  • modeling BVOC emmissions from vegetation



  • BACCHUS: Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding, EU FP7, BACCHUS project website




since 2/2014 Postdoctoral researcher within group Plant Atmosphere Interactions at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany


2/2013 PhD in GIS and Remote Sensing, University of Alcala, Spain
  MSC in GIS and Remote sensing, University of Alcala, Spain
11/2008 BSC & MSC in Forest and Nature conservation, Wageningen University, The Netherlands


Hantson, S., A. Arneth, S. P. Harrison, D. I. Kelley, I. C. Prentice, S. S. Rabin, S., et al. (2016). The status and challenge of global fire modelling. Biogeosciences, 13, 3359-3375, 2016. www.biogeosciences.net/13/3359/2016/
Knorr, W., Dentener F.,Hantson, S., Jiang L., Klimont Z., Arneth A. (2016). Climate changes and wildfire emissions of atmospheric pollutants in Europe. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussion doi:10.5194/acp-2015-1000. see here
Hantson, S., Pueyo, S., Chuvieco, E. (2016). Global fire size distribution: from power law to lognormal. International Journal of Wildland fire (early vieuw).see here
Hantson, S., Kloster, S., Coughlan, M., Daniau, A.-L., Vannière, B., Brücher, T., Kehrwald, N., Magi, B. I. (2016). Fire in the Earth System – bridging data and modelling research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (in press).see here
Xu, C., Vergnon, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Hantson, S., Holmgren, M., van Nes, E.H., Scheffer, M. (2015). Temperate forest and open landscapes are distinct alternative states as reflected in canopy height and tree cover. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(9), 501-502. see here
Lasslop, G., Hantson, S., Kloster, S.(2015). Influence of wind speed on the global variability of burned fraction: a global fire model´s perspective. International Journal of Wildland fire 24(7), 989-1000. see here
Madrigal-González J., Hantson, S., C. Yue, B. Poulter, P. Ciais, M.A. Zavala. (2015). Long-term wood production in water limited forests: evaluating potential CO2 fertilization along with historical confounding factors. Ecosystems 18(6), 1043-1055. see here
Hantson, S., Lasslop, G., Kloster, S., Chuvieco, E.(2015). Anthropogenic effects on global mean fire size. International Journal of Wildland fire 24(5), 589-596. see here
Zamorano-Elgueta, C., Rey-Benayas, J.M., Cayuela, L., Hantson, S., Armenteras, D. (2015). Native forest replacement by exotic plantations in southern Chile (1985-2011) and compensation of forest loss by natural regeneration. Forest Ecology and Management 345, 10-20. see here
Padilla, M., S. Stehman, I. Alonso-Canas, D. Corti, Hantson, S., P. Oliva, A. Bradley, K. Tansey, B. Mota, J. M. Pereira, E. Chuvieco. (2015). Comparing the accuracy of Global Burned Area Products. Remote Sensing of Environment 160, 114-121. see here
Scheffer, M., Vergnon, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Hantson, S., Holmgren, M., van Nes, E.H., Xu, C. (2015). The mystery of missing trubs revisited. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(1), 7-8. see here
Hantson, S., Pueyo, S., Chuvieco, E. (2015). Global fire size distribution is driven by human impact and climate. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24(1), 77-86. see here
Scheffer, M., Vergnon, R., Cornelissen, J.H.C., Hantson, S., Holmgren, M., van Nes, E.H., Xu, C. (2014). Trees and shrubs but rarely trubs? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29(8), 433–434. see here
Chuvieco, E., I. Aguado, S. Jurdao, M.L. Pettinari, Yebra, M., J. Salas, Hantson, S., J. de la Riva, P. Ibarra, M. Rodrigues, M. Echeverría , D. Azqueta, M.V. Román, A. Bastarrika, S. Martínez, C. Recondo, E. Zapico, F. J. Martínez-Vega. (2014). Integrating geospatial information into fire risk assessment. International Journal of Wildland Fire 23(5), 606-619. see here
Yue C., P. Ciais, P. Cadule, K. Thonicke, S. Archibald, B. Poulter, W. M. Hao, Hantson, S., F. Mouillot, P. Friedlingstein, F. Maignan, N. Viovy. (2014). Modeling fires in terrestrial carbon balance by incorporating SPITFIRE into a global vegetation model ORCHIDEE---Part I. Simulating historical global fire burned area and fire regime. Geoscientific Model Development 7, 2747-2767. see here
Calvo J., Hantson, S., Paiva J. (2014) Polygala webbiana Coss. (Polygalaceae), the first record for Europe and a synopsis of the Polygala subgen. Chamaebuxus (DC.) Rchb. Nordic Journal of Botany 32(1), 38-41.see here
Chuvieco, E., Martinez, S., Roman, M. V., Hantson, S., Pettinari, L. (2014) Integration of ecological and socio-economic factors to assess global wildfire vulnerability. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23, 245-258.see here
Hantson, S., M. Padilla, D. Corti, E. Chuvieco. (2013) Strengths and weaknesses of MODIS hotspots to characterize global fire occurrence. Remote Sensing of Environment 131, 152-159.see here
van Gorsel, E., J.A.J. Berni, P. Briggs, A. Cabello-Leblic, L. Chasmer, H.A. Cleugh, J. Hacker, Hantson, S., V. Haverd, D. Hughes, C. Hopkinson, H. Keith, N. Kljun, R. Leuning, M. Yebra, S. Zegelin. (2013) Primary and secondary effects of climate variability on carbon and water exchange in an evergreen Eucalyptus forest. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 182-183, 248-256.see here
Hantson, S., A. Baz (2013) Seasonal change in nectar preference for a Mediterranean butterfly community. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 67(2),134-142.see here
Hantson, S., E. Chuvieco (2011) Evaluation of different topographic correction methods for Landsat imagery. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 13, 5, pp 691-700.see here