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Lena Boysen


M.Sc. Meteorology

Research Domain I

Earth System Analysis



Now at MPI-M in Hamburg:

                                         Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

                                         Telegrafenberg A62/Nr.1.11

14412 Potsdam

Tel.: ++49-(0)331-288-2574
Email: lboysen(at)


PhD project:

Climate Engineering on Land: Potentials and side-effects of afforestation and biomass plantations as instruments for carbon extraction

Within the DFG funded SPP on climate engineering, I develop land-use transition scenarios towards global terrestrial carbon dioxide removal strategies. These scenarios are simulated with LPJmL and will be analysed regarding the consequences and trade-offs for the remaining areas with respect to agriculture and biodiversity.


Further interests: Land-use and land cover change, biogeophysical and biogeochemical effects on climate, atmospheric circulation, meteorology.




Boysen, L.R., Lucht, W., Gerten, D., 2017: Trade-offs for food production, nature conservation and climate limit the terrestrial carbon dioxide removal potential; Global Change Biology, accepted.

Boysen, L.R., Lucht, W., Gerten, D., Heck, V., T.M. Lenton, H.J. Schellnhuber, 2017: The limits to global‐warming mitigation by terrestrial carbon removal, Earth's Future, accepted. DOI: 10.1002/2016EF000469.

Boysen, L.R., Lucht, W., Gerten, D., Heck, V., 2016Impacts devalue the potential of large-scale terrestrial CO2 removal through biomass plantations, Environmental Research Letters, DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095010.

Heck, V., Gerten, D., Lucht, W. Boysen, L., 2016: Is extensive terrestrial carbon dioxide removal a ‘green’ form of geoengineering? A global modelling study, Global and Planetary Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2015.12.008.

Boysen, L.R., Brovkin, V., Arora, V.K., Cadule, P, de Noblet-Ducoudre, N., Kato, E., Pongratz, J., and Gayler, V., Global and regional effects of land-use change of climate in 21st century simulations with interactive carbon cycle. Earth System Dynamics Discussions, 5, 443-472, DOI: 10.5194/esdd-5-443-2014.

Brovkin, V., Boysen, L., Arora, V. K., Boisier, J., Cadule, P., Chini, L., Claussen, M., Friedlingstein, P., Gayler, V., van den Hurk, B., Hurtt, G., Jones, C., Kato, E., de Noblet-Ducoudré, N., Pacifico, F., Pongratz, J., & Weiss, M., 2013: Effect of anthropogenic land-use and land cover changes on climate and land carbon storage in CMIP5 projections for the 21st century. Journal of Climate, 26, 6859-6881, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00623.1. Highlighted by Anna Armstrong, Future land-carbon loss, Nature Geoscience, 6,  330, 2013.

Brovkin, V., L. Boysen, T. Raddatz, V. Gayler, A. Loew, and M. Claussen, 2013, Evaluation of vegetation cover and land surface albedo in MPI-ESM CMIP5 simulations, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 5, 48-57. DOI: 10.1029/2012MS000169.


Bachelor Thesis: Boysen, L., 2010: Beurteilung numerisch simulierter Grenzschichtprofile im Vergleich zu Profilen nach TA Luft,

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