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
- GHG-Europe: Greenhouse gas management in European land use systems, EU FP7, 2010-2013, GHG Europe project website
|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|
|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|