Dr. Vera Heck


Guest Scientist

Research Domain I
Earth System Analysis

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Telegrafenberg A62
14412 Potsdam

Email: heck(at)pik-potsdam.de



I develop and simulate global land use scenarios for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal with the dynamic vegetation model LPJmL and analyse biogeochemical and hydrological impacts in the context of planetary boundaries.

Further research interests: Agricultural water use and water scarcity, Mathematical optimization, Social feedbacks to the climate system using conceptual models



Heck, V., Hoff, H., Wirsenius, S., Meyer, C., Kraft, H., (2018): Land use options for staying within the Planetary Boundaries - synergies and trade-offs between global and local sustainability goalsGlobal Environmental Change, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2018.02.004

Heck, V., Gerten, D., Lucht, W., Popp, A., (2018): Biomass-based negative emissions difficult to reconcile with planetary boundaries, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0064-y

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

Heck, V., Donges, J.F.,  Lucht, W., (2016), Collateral transgression of planetary boundaries due to climate engineering by terrestrial carbon dioxide removal, Earth System Dynamics, doi:10.5194/esd-7-783-2016

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

Grundmann, J., Schütze N., Heck, V. (2014), Optimal integrated management of groundwater resources and irrigated agriculture in arid coastal regions, Proc. IAHS, doi:10.5194/piahs-364-216-2014



Heck, V., Boysen, L. R., Gerten, D., Lucht, W. (2015), Climate-effective terrestrial carbon dioxide removal could induce biogeochemical state shifts, Climate Engineering Research Symposium 2015, Berlin, Germany

Heck, V., Donges, J., Lucht W. (2015), Systemic effects of geoengineering by terrestrial carbon dioxide removal on carbon related planetary boundaries, European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria

Heck, V., Boysen, L. R., Gerten, D., Lucht, W. (2014), Biogeochemical and Hydrological Impacts of Terrestrial Carbon Doixide Removal Strategies", Climate Engineering Conference 2014, Berlin, Germany