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Dr.  Richard Fuchs

Dr. Richard Fuchs

group: Land Use Change and Climate
room: Campus Alpin
phone: +49 8821 183-161
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Research Interests

Richard Fuchs' main research focus is on land cover/use modelling (including land management), with emphasis on dynamics and pathways of land changes. He studies land-climate interactions, such as how socio-economic, political and environmental reasons affect land cover/use and its changes and vice versa. During his PhD in Wageningen Richard developed the historic land cover/use reconstruction model HILDA which provides a reconstruction of Europe’s land cover/use and its changes of the last century (1900-2010) on 1km spatial resolution.

Currently, Richard assesses global patterns, causes and environmental consequences of cropland management intensity.

Related to that he has the following research questions:

  • How did cropland expansion, intensification and extensification evolved globally in time and space?
  • How did crop harvest, yields, fertilizer and pesticide application developed globally in time and space?
  • What underlying socio-economic, political and environmental causes/drivers lead to the trajectories of above-mentioned variables?
  • Which underlying drivers cause current cropland management patterns, which are the results of cropland management intensity?
  • What environmental consequences do these developments have (e.g. GHG emissions, deforestation, land degradation, eutrophication of catchments, food security)?
  • Due to the increasing world population: Are there potential trade-offs and synergies of different cropland management strategies under a growing demand for agricultural production in relation to climate impacts to keep environmental impacts as low as possible?
  • What role does agricultural trade (tele-coupled networks) play for agricultural production and consumption?
  • Do industrial countries outsource unsustainable agricultural production to development countries?

 

Past project involvements

  • LUC4C: Land-use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation, EU FP7, 2012-2017, LUC4C project website

 

Résumé

Employment

since 5/2017 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
05/20015-04/2017 Postdoctoral researcher within the Environmental Geography group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
02/2010-10/2015 Ph.D. student within the Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science group at Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Wageningen, The Netherlands

Education

10/2015 Dr. ir. in Land use modelling, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science group at Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Wageningen, The Netherlands
  Title of Ph.D. Thesis: "A data-driven reconstruction of historic land cover/use change of Europe for the period 1900 to 2010 and its implications for climate change research"
02/2010 M.Sc. in Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Science, University of Jena, Germany
01/2007 B.Sc., in Geography, University of Jena, Germany

Publications


2019
Kehoe, L.; Reis, T.; Virah-Sawmy, M.; Balmford, A.; Kuemmerle, T.; Knohl, A.; Antonelli, A.; Balmford, A.; Hochkirch, A.; Vira, B.; Massa, B.; Peres, C. A.; Ammer, C.; Goerg, C.; Schneider, C.; Curtis, D.; Pena, E. de la; Tello, E.; Sperfeld, E.; Corbera, E.; Morelli, F.; Valladares, F.; Peterson, G.; Hide, G.; Mace, G.; Kallis, G.; Olsson, G. A.; Brumelis, G.; Alexanderson, H.; Haberl, H.; Nuissl, H.; Kreft, H.; Ghazoul, J.; Piotrowski, J. A.; Macdiarmid, J.; Newig, J.; Fischer, J.; Altringham, J.; Gledhill, J.; Nielsen, J. O.; Mueller, J.; Palmeirim, J.; Barlow, J.; Alonso, J. C.; Presa Asencio, J. J.; Steinberger, J. K.; Jones, J. P. G.; Cabral, J. S.; Dengler, J.; Stibral, K.; Erb, K.; Rothhaupt, K.-O.; Wiegand, K.; Cassar, L. F.; Lens, L.; Rosalino, L. M.; Wassen, M. J.; Stenseke, M.; Fischer-Kowalski, M.; Diaz, M.; Rounsevell, M.; Kleunen, M. van; Junginger, M.; Kaltenpoth, M.; Zobel, M.; Weigend, M.; Partel, M.; Schilthuizen, M.; Bastos Araujo, M.; Haklay, M.; Eisenhauer, N.; Selva, N.; Mertz, O.; Meyfroidt, P.; Borges, P. A. V.; Kovar, P.; Smith, P.; Verburg, P.; Pysek, P.; Seppelt, R.; Valentini, R.; Whittaker, R. J.; Henrique Faria, S.; Ulgiati, S.; Loetters, S.; Bjorck, S.; Larson, S. A.; Tscharntke, T.; Domingos, T.; Krueger, T.; Kuemmerle, T.; Pascual, U.; Olsson, U.; Kati, V.; Winiwarter, V.; Reyes-Garcia, V.; Vajda, V.; Sutherland, W. J.; Waroux, Y. le P. de; Buckley, Y.; Rammig, A.; Kasimir, A.; Crona, B.; Sindicic, M.; Persson, M.; Lapka, M.; Di Gregorio, M.; Hahn, T.; Boonstra, W.; Lipsky, Z.; Zucaro, A.; Roeder, A.; Lopez Baucells, A.; Danet, A.; Franco, A.; Nieto Roman, A.; Lehikoinen, A.; Collalti, A.; Keller, A.; Strugariu, A.; Perrigo, A.; Fernandez-Llamazares, A.; Salaseviciene, A.; Hinsley, A.; Santos, A. M. 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K.; D’Amico, M.; Casazza, M.; Florencio, M.; Felipe-Lucia, M.; Gebara, M. F.; Johansson, M.; Garcia, M. M.; Piquer-Rodriguez, M.; Tengo, M.; Elias, M.; Leve, M.; Conde, M.; Winter, M.; Koster, M.; Mayer, M.; Salek, M.; Schlerf, M.; Sullivan, M.; Baumann, M.; Pichler, M.; Marselle, M.; Oddie, M.; Razanajatovo, M.; Borregaard, M. K.; Theurl, M. C.; Hernandez, M.; Krofel, M.; Kechev, M. O.; Clark, M.; Rands, M.; Antal, M.; Pucetaite, M.; Islar, M.; Truong, M.-X. A.; Vighi, M.; Johanisova, N.; Prat, N.; Escobar, N.; Deguines, N.; Rust, N.; Zafra-Calvo, N.; Maurel, N.; Wagner, N.; Fitton, N.; Ostermann, O.; Panferov, O.; Ange, O.; Canals, O.; Englund, O.; De Smedt, P.; Petridis, P.; Heikkurinen, P.; Weigelt, P.; Henriksson, P. J. G.; Castro, P. D. de; Matos-Maravi, P.; Duran, P.; Aragon, P.; Cardoso, P.; Leitao, P. J.; Hosner, P. A.; Biedermann, P.; Keil, P.; Petrik, P.; Martin, P.; Bocquillon, P.; Renaud, P.-C.; Addison, P.; Antwis, R.; Carmenta, R.; Barrientos, R.; Smith, R.; Rocha, R.; Fuchs, R.; Felix, R.; Kanka, R.; Aguilee, R.; Padro Caminal, R.; Libbrecht, R.; Lorrilliere, R.; Ent, R. J. van der; Henders, S.; Pueyo, S.; Roturier, S.; Jacobs, S.; Lavorel, S.; Leonhardt, S. D.; Fraixedas, S.; Villen-Perez, S.; Cornell, S.; Redlich, S.; De Smedt, S.; Linden, S. van der; Perez-Ortega, S.; Petrovan, S.; Cesarz, S.; Sjoberg, S.; Caillon, S.; Schindler, S.; Trogisch, S.; Taiti, S.; Oppel, S.; Lutter, S.; Garnett, T.; Guedes, T.; Wanger, T. C.; Kastner, T.; Worthington, T.; Daw, T.; Schmoll, T.; McPhearson, T.; Engl, T.; Rutting, T.; Vaclavik, T.; Jucker, T.; Robillard, T.; Krause, T.; Ljubomirov, T.; Aavik, T.; Richardson, V. A.; Masterson, V. A.; Seufert, V.; Cathy, V. G.; Colino Rabanal, V.; Montade, V.; Thieu, V.; Sober, V.; Morin, X.; Mehrabi, Z.; Gonzalez, A. T.; Sanz-Cobena, A.; Christie, A. P.; Romero-Munoz, A.; Dauriach, A.; Queiroz, A. S.; Golland, A.; Evans, A. L.; Cordero, A. M. A.; Dara, A.; Rilovic, A.; Pedersen, A. F.; Csergo, A. M.; Lewerentz, A.; Monserand, A.; Valdecasas, A. G.; Doherty, A.; Semper-Pascual, A.; Bleyhl, B.; Rutschmann, B.; Bongalov, B.; Hankerson, B.; Heylen, B.; Alonso-Alvarez, C.; Comandulli, C.; Frossard, C. M.; Mckeon, C.; Godde, C.; Palm, C.; Singh, C.; Sieger, C. S.; Ohrling, C.; Paitan, C. P.; Cooper, C.; Edler, D.; Roessler, D. C.; Kessner-Beierlein, D.; Garcia del Amo, D.; Lopez Bosch, D.; Gueldner, D.; Noll, D.; Motivans, E.; Canteri, E.; Garnett, E.; Malecore, E.; Brambach, F.; Ruedenauer, F.; Yin, F.; Hurtado, F.; Mempel, F.; Freitas, F. L. M. de; Pendrill, F.; Leijten, F.; Somma, F.; Schug, F.; De Knijf, G.; Peterson, G.; Pe’er, G.; Booth, H.; Rhee, H.; Staude, I.; Gherghel, I.; Vila Traver, J.; Kerner, J.; Hinton, J.; Hortal, J.; Persson, J.; Uddling, J.; Coenen, J.; Geldmann, J.; Geschke, J.; Juergensen, J.; Lobo, J. M.; Skejo, J.; Heinen, J. H.; Schuenzel, J.; Daniel-Ferreira, J.; Christophe Piquet, J.; Murtough, K. L.; Prevel, L.; Hissa, L. B. V.; Segerstad, L. H. af; Willemse, L.; Benavides, L.; Sovova, L.; Figueiredo, L.; Leidinger, L.; Piemontese, L.; Fonte, L. F. M. da; Moreta, L. S.; Bhan, M.; Toledo-Hernandez, M.; Engert, M.; Davoli, M.; Mas Navarro, M.; Voigt, M.; Zirion, M.; Wandl, M.-T.; Kipson, M.; Johnson, M. D.; Lukic, M.; Goula, M.; Jung, M.; Nunes, M. H.; Alvarez, M. R.; Burg, M. P. van den; Guerrero, M. D. P.; Greenfield, M.; Lobmann, M.; Nygren, M.; Guth, M. K.; Koh, N.; Stanek, N.; Roux, N.; Karagouni, N.; Tiralla, N.; Mairota, P.; Savaget, P.; Doehren, P. von; Benyei, P.; Lena, P.; Rufin, P.; Janke, R.; Santagata, R.; Motta, R.; Battiston, R.; Oyanedel, R.; Bernardo-Madrid, R.; Vasconcelos, S.; Henriques, S.; Bager, S. L.; Qin, S.; Ivkovic, S.; Cooke, S.; Ernst, S.; Schmelzer, S.; Silva, S. da; Faberova, T.; Enseroth, T.; De Marzo, T.; Pienkowski, T.; Engel, T.; Boehnert, T.; Swinfield, T.; Kurdikova, V.; Chvatalova, V.; Lopez-Marquez, V.; Arlidge, W.; Zhang, Z.; 604 signatories.
Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable.
2019. Science, 364 (6438), 341. doi:10.1126/science.aaw8276
Teuling, A. J.; de Badts, E. A. G.; Jansen, F. A.; Fuchs, R.; Buitink, J.; Hoek van Dijke, A. J.; Sterling, S. M.
Climate change, reforestation/afforestation, and urbanization impacts on evapotranspiration and streamflow in Europe.
2019. Hydrology and earth system sciences, 23 (9), 3631–3652. doi:10.5194/hess-23-3631-2019Full textFull text of the publication as PDF document
Fuchs, R.; Alexander, P.; Brown, C.; Cossar, F.; Henry, R. C.; Rounsevell, M.
Why the US–China trade war spells disaster for the Amazon.
2019. Nature <London>, 567 (7749), 451–454. doi:10.1038/d41586-019-00896-2
Chen, C.; Park, T.; Wang, X.; Piao, S.; Xu, B.; Chaturvedi, R. K.; Fuchs, R.; Brovkin, V.; Ciais, P.; Fensholt, R.; Tømmervik, H.; Bala, G.; Zhu, Z.; Nemani, R. R.; Myneni, R. B.
China and India lead in greening of the world through land-use management.
2019. Nature Sustainability, 2 (2), 122–129. doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0220-7
2018
Bayer, A.; Mey, R.; Fuchs, R.; Krause, A.; Verburg, P.; Arneth, A.
Future human demands in land use models and their effect on ecosystem functionality.
2018. ESP Europe Regional Conference (2018), San Sebastian, Spain, October 15–19, 2018 
Pongratz, J.; Dolman, H.; Don, A.; Erb, K.-H.; Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Jones, C.; Kuemmerle, T.; Luyssaert, S.; Meyfroidt, P.; Naudts, K.
Models meet data: Challenges and opportunities in implementing land management in Earth system models.
2018. Global change biology, 24 (4), 1470–1487. doi:10.1111/gcb.13988
2017
Erb, K.-H.; Luyssaert, S.; Meyfroidt, P.; Pongratz, J.; Don, A.; Kloster, S.; Kuemmerle, T.; Fetzel, T.; Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Haberl, H.; Jones, C. D.; Marín-Spiotta, E.; McCallum, I.; Robertson, E.; Seufert, V.; Fritz, S.; Valade, A.; Wiltshire, A.; Dolman, A. J.
Land management: data availability and process understanding for global change studies.
2017. Global change biology, 23 (2), 512–533. doi:10.1111/gcb.13443
2016
Fuchs, R.; Schulp, C. J. E.; Hengeveld, G. M.; Verburg, P. H.; Clevers, J. G. P. W.; Schelhaas, M.-J.; Herold, M.
Assessing the influence of historic net and gross land changes on the carbon fluxes of Europe.
2016. Global change biology, 22 (7), 2526–2539. doi:10.1111/gcb.13191
2015
Fuchs, R.; Herold, M.; Verburg, P. H.; Clevers, J. G. P. W.; Eberle, J.
Gross changes in reconstructions of historic land cover/use for Europe between 1900 and 2010.
2015. Global change biology, 21 (1), 299–313. doi:10.1111/gcb.12714