Home | Legals | Data Protection | KIT
Reiner Wassmann

Dr. Reiner Wassmann

Senior Scientist, currently at IRRI Philippines
group: Regionalization of Biogenic Trace Gas Fluxes
room: 291
phone: +49 8821 183 139
fax: +49 8821 183 294
reiner wassmannAhz9∂kit edu

Dr. Reiner Wassmann

Academic degrees


1982 Diplom-Biologe (corresponding to M.Sc. in Biology), Univ. of Goettingen, Germany
Teacher exam in Biology, Chemistry and Political Science; scientific examination panel of the state of Lower Saxony, Germany
1987 Dr. rer. nat. in Biology (corresponding to Ph.D.), ‘magna cum laude’, University of Goettingen, Germany
2002 Habilitation (professorial) thesis and 'venia legendi' for agro-ecology at University of Bonn, Faculty of Agriculture


Professional Positions


1982/83 Technical assistant, University of Goettingen (Dept. of Biology)
Since 1987 Scientific staff member at IFU (Fraunhofer Institute for Atmospheric Environmental Research until 2001; IMK-IFU of Research Center Karlsruhe since
1991-1999 Internationally recruited scientist (seconded from Fraunhofer Institute) at International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines,
Since 2006 Coordinator of the Rice and Climate Change Consortium at IRRI (seconded from KIT-Karlsruhe Institute of Technology former Research Center Karlsruhe )


Previous research projects

  • Impact of eutrophication and acidification on the ecology of running waters (1981-1986)
  • Quantifying methane emissions in Brazilian Amazonia (1987-1990)
  • Budgeting carbon, nitrogen and sulfur fluxes in the German wadden sea (1988-1991)
  • Assessing the impact of agricultural management on methane emissions from rice fields in China (1990-1993)
  • Coordinating an international network of automated stations in China, India, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines to quantify methane emissions from different rice ecosystems (1993-1999)
  • Coordinating projects on mitigating methane emissions from rice fields (1996-1999)
  • Scientific coordination (project team leader) of Global Change Research at IRRI
  • Quantifying land use change in tropical wetlands and carbon dioxide emissions involved (since 2001-2003)
  • Development of planning tools for environmentally-sound land use rice-based production systems of South-East Asia (since 2002-2005)
  • Carbon and nitrogen budgets in irrigation systems of the Aral Sea Basin (since 2004-2006)
  • Nutrient budgets and greenhouse gas emissions in West-African land use systems and savannahs (since 2004-2006)



  • More than 20 lectures at Universities of Goettingen, Kassel and Bonn (all Germany) as well as King Mongkut University (Bangkok, Thailand)
  • ‚Lead-Author’ of the revised IPCC Guidelines (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change): „National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Guidelines: Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use” (2004-2006)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of ‘Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems’ (since 2005)