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Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth

group: Plant-Atmosphere Interactions
phone: +49 8821 183-131
almut arnethFuc1∂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)

Peer-reviewed publications