Dr Florian Humpenöder

Senior Scientist

Florian Humpenöder is a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. He is a member of the land-use management group in Research Department III - Transformation Pathways.


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
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P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Florian Humpenöder studied economics at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin) and sustainable economics at the University of Kassel. He was awarded a PhD in economics from the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) for his thesis Land based climate change mitigation - Modeling bioenergy production, afforestation and avoidance of deforestation in 2015.

  • Sustainable transformation of food and agricultural systems
  • Future pathways of global land use
  • Land-based mitigation (avoided deforestation, afforestation, bioenergy, peatlands)
  • Trade-offs between climate protection and sustainable development
  • Land-use model development (MAgPIE)
  • Contributing author to the IPCC Special Report on Climage Change and Land (SRCCL) and the AFOLU chapter in the IPCC AR6 WG3 report.

    First-author publications

    Humpenöder, F., Popp, A., Schleussner, C.-F., Orlov, A., Windisch, M.G., Menke, I., Pongratz, J., Havermann, F., Thiery, W., Luo, F., et al. 2022 Overcoming global inequality is critical for land-based mitigation in line with the Paris Agreement. Nat Commun 13, 7453. 10.1038/s41467-022-35114-7.

    Humpenöder F, Bodirsky B L, Weindl I, Lotze-Campen H, Linder T, Popp A 2022 Projected environmental benefits of replacing beef with microbial protein. Nature 605, 90–96
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    Humpenöder F, Karstens K, Lotze-Campen H, Leifeld J, Menichetti L, Barthelmes A and Popp A 2020 Peatland protection and restoration are key for climate change mitigation. Environ. Res. Lett. 15 104093

    Humpenöder F, Popp A, Bodirsky B L, Weindl I, Biewald A, Hermann Lotze-Campen, Dietrich J P, Klein D, Kreidenweis U, Müller C, Susanne Rolinski and Stevanovic M 2018 Large-scale bioenergy production: how to resolve sustainability trade-offs? Environ. Res. Lett.13024011

    Humpenöder F, 2015 Land based climate change mitigation - Modeling bioenergy production, afforestation and avoidance of deforestation, Dissertation, Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)

    Humpenöder F, Popp A, Stevanovic M, Müller C, Bodirsky B L, Bonsch M, Dietrich J P, Lotze-Campen H, Weindl I, Biewald A and Rolinski S 2015 Land-Use and Carbon Cycle Responses to Moderate Climate Change: Implications for Land-Based Mitigation? Environ. Sci. Technol.

    Humpenöder F, Popp A, Dietrich J P, Klein D, Lotze-Campen H, Bonsch M, Bodirsky B L, Weindl I, Stevanovic M and Müller C 2014 Investigating afforestation and bioenergy CCS as climate change mitigation strategies Environ. Res. Lett. 9 064029

    Humpenöder F, Schaldach R, Cikovani Y and Schebek L 2013 Effects of land-use change on the carbon balance of 1st generation biofuels: An analysis for the European Union combining spatial modeling and LCA Biomass and Bioenergy 56 166–78

    All Publications (zotero.org)