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Dr. David Klein


   Dr. David Klein
   Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
   P.O. Box 60 12 03
   D-14412 Potsdam


   Phone: +49-331-288-2488


David Klein is a researcher in Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions. His research focuses on the assessment of land-based mitigation options, in particular the deployment of bioenergy for climate change mitigation. His recent work has examined the global economic long-term potential of modern biomass. He is member of the Model Operations Group, the Global Energy Systems Group and the Landuse group. He studied Energy Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. Before joining PIK in December 2008, he worked as developer of simulation software for solar cooling systems at Valentin Energiesoftware.

Research interests

  • Assessment of land-based mitigation options
  • Bioenergy in global long-term climate change mitigation pathways
  • Model based estimates of the global potential of biomass
  • Development of an integrated model framework of energy-economy-climate (ReMIND) and land-use (MAgPIE)

Current and past projects

  • EMF-27 study by the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum (EMF)
  • Development of the Integrated Assessment Model ReMIND
  • Model coupling of ReMIND and MAgPIE


David Klein, Florian Humpenöder, Nico Bauer, Jan Philipp Dietrich, Alexander Popp, Benjamin Leon Bodirsky, Markus Bonsch and Hermann Lotze-Campen (2014): "The global economic long-term potential of modern biomass in a climate-constrained world." Environmental Research Letters, Vol. 9, No. 7, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/074017

Katherine Calvin, Marshall Wise, David Klein, David McCollum, Massimo Tavoni, Bob van der Zwaan, Detlef P. van Vuuren (2013): "A multi-model analysis of the regional and sectoral roles of bioenergy in near- and long-term CO2 emissions reduction." Climate Change Economics, Vol. 4, No. 4, DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400149

(2013): "The distribution of major economies' effort in the Durban platform scenarios." Climate Change Economics, Vol. 4, No. 4. DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400095

Klein D., Luderer G., Kriegler E., Strefler J., Bauer N., Leimbach M., Popp A., Dietrich J.P., Humpenöder F., Lotze-Campen H., Edenhofer O. (2013): "The value of bioenergy in low stabilization scenarios: an assessment using ReMIND-MAgPIE." Climatic Change. doi 10.1007/s10584-013-0940-z

Kriegler E, Edenhofer O, Reuster L, Luderer G, Klein D (2013) "Is atmospheric carbon dioxide removal a game changer for climate change mitigation?" Climatic Change 118:45–57. doi 10.1007/s10584-012-0681-4

Popp A., Rose S.K., Calvin K., van Vuuren D.P., Dietrich J.P., Wise M., Stehfest E., Humpenöder F., Page K., van Vliet J., Bauer N., Lotze-Campen H., Klein D., Kriegler E. (2013): "Land-use transition for bioenergy and climate stabilization: model comparison of drivers, impacts and interactions with other land use based mitigation options." Climatic Change. doi 10.1007/s10584-013-0926-x

Creutzig, F., von Stechow, C., Klein, D., Hunsberger, C., Bauer, N., Popp, A., Edenhofer, O. (2012): Can bioenergy assessments deliver? Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 1, 2. doi 10.5547/2160-5890.1.2.5

Klein D., Bauer B., Bodirsky B., Dietrich J.P., Popp A. (2011) "Bio-IGCC with CCS as a long-term mitigation option in a coupled energy-system and land-use model." Energy Procedia 4 (2011) 2933–2940. doi 10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.201

Popp A., Dietrich J.P., Lotze-Campen H., Klein D., Bauer N., Krause M., Beringer T., Gerten D. and Edenhofer O. (2011): "The economic potential of bioenergy for climate change mitigation with special attention given to implications for the land system" Environmental Research Letters  6 (2011). doi 10.1088/1748-9326/6/3/034017

Leimbach M., Popp A., Lotze-Campen H., Bauer N., Dietrich J. P., Klein D. (2011): "Integrated assessment models - the interplay of climate change, agriculture, and land use in a policy tool. In: Dinar, A., Mendelsohn, R. (eds.): Handbook on Climate Change in Agriculture." Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. (Chapter 10). doi 10.4337/9780857939869

Bauer N., Dietrich J. P., Klein D., Lotze-Campen H., Luderer G., Popp A. (2010) "When expectations fail? The relationship between near-term emissions and long-term technology development in a carbon constrained world". 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies. Amsterdam


Klein, D. (2014) "Bioenergy markets in a climate-constrained world". PhD thesis. Technische Universität Berlin.

Klein, D. (2007) "Modellierung und Simulation einer fernwärmegestützten Gebäudekühlung mit Absorptionskälteanlage". Diploma thesis. Institut für Energietechnik, Technische Universität Berlin.

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