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Prof. Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

Prof. Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

Head of Department 'Bio-Geo-Chemical Processes'; Head of Research Group 'Regionalization of Biogenic Trace Gas Fluxes'
group: Regionalization of Biogenic Trace Gas Fluxes
room: 282b
phone: +49 8821 183 136
fax: +49 8821 183 294
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Prof. Dr. Klaus Butterbach-Bahl

Studies of biology and geography, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, 1992 Ph D in biology (Technical University of Munich) with a work focusing on biosphere-atmosphere CH4 exchange processes in rice paddies; since 1993 at IMK-IFU; 2002 Habilitation in soil ecology at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, since 2005 Guest-Research-Professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China; since 2006 Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of Forest and Ecosystem Science, University of Melbourne, Australia. Since 2007 apl. Professor at the University of Freiburg; since 2008 Head of Department “Atmosphere/ Biosphere Interactions and Global Change” at IMK-IFU, Karlsruhe Research Centre.


Research interests

  • Feedback of global environmental changes on terrestrial ecosystems and biosphere-atmosphere-exchange of environmental important trace substances (N2O, NOx, CH4, CO2)
  • Identification and characterisation of microbial processes involved in N- and C-trace gas production and consumption
  • Process oriented modelling of carbon/ nitrogen turnover in terrestrial ecosystems
  • Calculation of emission inventories of biogenic trace substances on regional and global scales


Editorial board memberships

  • Ecosystems
  • Plant and Soil
  • Global Change Biology


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Ongoing Projects
title funding

German Research Foundation (DFG)

European Commission (EU)

German Reserach Foundation (DFG) and Australian Research Council (ARC)

European Union

German Research Foundation (DFG)

Title Faculty Semester
Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences Master