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.

Selected Publications

Luyssaert, S., Marie G., Valade A., Chen Y.-Y., Djomo S.N., Ryder J., Otto J., Naudts K., Lansø A.S., Ghattas J. & McGrath M.J. (2018) Trade-Offs in Using European Forests to Meet Climate Objectives. Nature 562: 259

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.

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.

Link to full publication list in PURE

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