Sebastiaan Luyssaert, Associate Professor
My research takes the lead in extending the capacity of the internationally recognized land-surface model ORCHIDEE and the coupled land-atmosphere model LMDzOR to simulate the biogeochemical and biophysical pathways of forest management that affect the climate system. My work relies on observation-based syntheses that bring together data on carbon cycling in forest ecosystems, original analysis of the interplay between albedo, evapotranspiration and sensible heat flux, the large-scale impacts of forest management on stand structure, and reconstructing forest management in Europe.
Naudts K, Chen Y, McGrath MJ, Ryder J, Valade A, Otto J, Luyssaert S (2016) Europe’s forest management did not mitigate climate warming. Science. 351:597.
Luyssaert S, Jammet M, Stoy PC, Estel S, Pongratz J, Ceschia E, Churkina G, Don A, Erb K-H, Ferlicoq M, Gielen B, Grünwald T, Houghton RA, Klumpp K, Knohl A, Kolb T, Kuemmerle T, Laurila T, Lohila A, Loustau D, McGrath MJ, Meyfroidt P, Moors EJ, Naudts K, Novick K, Otto J, Pilegaard K, Pio CA, Rambal S, Rebmann C, Ryder J, Suyker AE, Varlagin A, Wattenbach M, Dolman AJ (2014) Land management and land-cover change have impacts of similar magnitude on surface temperature. Nature Climate Change. 4:389.
Bellassen V, Luyssaert S (2104) Carbon sequestration: Managing forests in uncertain times. Nature. 506:153.
Janssens IA, Dieleman W, Luyssaert S, Subke J-A., Reichstein M, Ceulemans R, Ciais P, Dolman AJ, Grace J, Matteucci G, Papale D, Piao SL, Schulze E-D, Tang J, Law BE (2010) Reduction of forest soil respiration in response to nitrogen deposition. Nature Geoscience. 3:315.
Luyssaert S, Schulze ED, Börner A, Knohl A, Hessenmöller D, Law BE, Ciais P, Grace J (2008) Old-growth forests as global carbon sinks. Nature. 455:213.