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Bumsuk Seo

Dr. Bumsuk Seo

group: Land Use Change and Climate
room: 260
phone: +49 8821 183 260
fax: +49 8821 735 73
bumsuk seoMbm7∂kit edu

Research Interests

  • Understanding land use dynamics under ongoing global socio-ecological changes
  • Developing global agent-based and process-based land use models to project future land use
  • Mapping land use, ecosystem functions, and ecosystem services using cutting-edge remote sensing and machine learning techniques
  • Diagnosis and forecast of crop growth condition and crop yield at large scales


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Previous project

TERRECO: Complex TERRain and ECOlogical Heterogeneity, DFG/KOSEF International Research and Training Group (GRK 1565/1), 2009-2012, TERRECO project website




since 10/2017 Postdoctoral researcher within the Land Use Change group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
10/2015-09/2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Environmental Research, Kangwon National Univesity, Chuncheon, Republic of Korea
06/2015-09/2015 Visiting research fellow at Asian Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
04/2009-12/2015 Ph.D. student within Biogeographical Modelling, BayCEER, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
04/2008-03/2009 Research Associate at Environmental Planning Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
10/2002-02/2006 System programmer / Team Manager, Technology Institute, Metabuild Co. Ltd., Seoul, Republic of Korea


12/2015 PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in Biogeographical Modelling, BayCEER, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth, Germany
  Title of Ph.D. Dissertation: "Quantification of land use and and land cover in a Monsoon agricultural mosaic from space"
08/2008 Master of City Planning in Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea
  Title of Master Thesis: "Optimal Nitrogen fertilizer use in paddy rice farming under risk and uncertainty"
03/2002 Bachelor of Engineering in Department of Civil, Urban, and Geosystem Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Lee, B.; Kim, E.; Lim, J.-H.; Seo, B.; Chung, J.-M.
Detecting vegetation phenology in various forest types using long-term MODIS vegetation indices.
2018. 2018 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium: Proceedings, 5243–5246, IEEE. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518142
Seo, B.; Brown, C.; Rounsevell, M.
Evaluation and Calibration of an Agent Based Land use Model Using Remotely Sensed Land Cover and Primary Productivity Data.
2018. IGARSS 2018 - 2018 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Valencia, E, July 22-27, 2018, 7472–7475, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ. doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2018.8518023
Martin, E. A.; Seo, B.; Park, C.-R.; Reineking, B.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.
Scale-dependent effects of landscape composition and configuration on natural enemy diversity, crop herbivory, and yields.
2016. Ecological applications, 26 (2), 448–462. doi:10.1890/15-0856
Seo, B.; Bogner, C.; Koellner, T.; Reineking, B.
Mapping Fractional Land Use and Land Cover in a Monsoon Region: The Effects of Data Processing Options.
2016. IEEE journal of selected topics in applied earth observations and remote sensing, 9 (9), 3941–3956. doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2544802
Harter, D. E. V.; Irl, S. D. H.; Seo, B.; Steinbauer, M. J.; Gillespie, R.; Triantis, K. A.; Fernández-Palacios, J.-M.; Beierkuhnlein, C.
Impacts of global climate change on the floras of oceanic islands – Projections, implications and current knowledge.
2015. Perspectives in plant ecology, evolution and systematics, 17 (2), 160–183. doi:10.1016/j.ppees.2015.01.003
Shope, C. L.; Maharjan, G. R.; Tenhunen, J.; Seo, B.; Kim, K.; Riley, J.; Arnhold, S.; Koellner, T.; Ok, Y. S.; Peiffer, S.; Kim, B.; Park, J.-H.; Huwe, B.
Using the SWAT model to improve process descriptions and define hydrologic partitioning in South Korea.
2014. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 18 (2), 539–557. doi:10.5194/hess-18-539-2014Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Seo, B.; Bogner, C.; Poppenborg, P.; Martin, E.; Hoffmeister, M.; Jun, M.; Koellner, T.; Reineking, B.; Shope, C. L.; Tenhunen, J.
Deriving a per-field land use and land cover map in an agricultural mosaic catchment.
2014. Earth system science data, 6 (2), 339–352. doi:10.5194/essd-6-339-2014Full text Full text of the publication as PDF document
Martin, E. A.; Reineking, B.; Seo, B.; Steffan-Dewenter, I.
Natural enemy interactions constrain pest control in complex agricultural landscapes.
2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (14), 5534–5539. doi:10.1073/pnas.1215725110
Thanh Nguyen, T.; Hoang, V.-N.; Seo, B.
Cost and environmental efficiency of rice farms in South Korea.
2012. Agricultural economics, 43 (4), 369–378. doi:10.1111/j.1574-0862.2012.00589.x