Dr. Fabian Stenzel

Postdoctoral Researcher


  • Water demand for bioenergy plantations
  • Water stress
  • Negative emissions
  • Land use change
  • Planetary Boundaries
  • Global risks of biosphere degradation


  • LPJmL
  • POEM

How to find me on Telegraphenberg


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
T +49 (0)331 288 2574
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


In my PhD I have investigated potentials and potential side effects of terrestrial negative emission technologies, with a focus on the water demand of bioenergy plantations.

Together with the Global Challenges Foundation and the Earth Commission I will now continue to look at global risks that arise from degradation of the biosphere.

One key concept for me are the planetary boundaries as a way of quantifying the status of several important dimensions of the Earth System.

Stenzel, F., Dissertation: The implications of large-scale irrigated bioenergy plantations for future water use and water stress, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, 2021. https://doi.org/10.18452/23396

Stenzel, F., Greve, P., Lucht, W., Tramberend, S., Wada, Y., Gerten, D.: Irrigation of biomass plantations may globally increase water stress more than climate change. Nat Commun 12, 1512 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-21640-3

Stenzel, F., Gerten, D., and Hanasaki, N.: Global scenarios of irrigation water use for bioenergy production: a systematic review, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2021, 25, 1711-1726. https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-25-1711-2021

Stenzel, F., Gerten, D., Werner, C., Jägermeyr, J. 2019: Freshwater requirements of large-scale bioenergy plantations for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. Environ. Res. Lett. 14, 084001. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab2b4b

CE-LAND+ - Global freshwater demand for irrigation of bioenergy plantations as negative emission technology to mitigate climate change

IKI-IMPACT-RD1 - Climate change impacts on Small Island States and Least Developed Countries