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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Prof. Dr. Claas Nendel


Position: senior researcher

Branch: Department of Climate Change Impacts on Agroecosystems

Workplace: ÚVGZ AV ČR, v. v. i.Bělidla 4aBrno603 00



Research Focus

  • Physiology and modelling of crop growth, development and yield in response to climatic conditions, water and nitrogen limitations, dynamics of carbon, nitrogen and water in agro-ecosystems, economic and ecological assessment of crop rotations and management strategies using simulation models (climate and land use change, protection of water bodies, greenhouse gases), analysis, parameter estimation and modelling of soil organic matter and crop residue mineralisation, impacts of (and adaptation to) global change on food production, scaling issues for sustainability assessment of natural resource management options, integrated modelling for policy impact assessment.


  • 1991-1995      Braunschweig University of Technology Carolo-Wilhelmina
  • 1995               Oslo University, Norway
  • 1995-1996      Ås Agricultural University, Norway
  • 1996-1997      Braunschweig University of Technology Carolo-Wilhelmina


  • 1999 – 2002      Project group leader, Rhineland-Palatinate State Education and Research Centre for Agriculture, Viticulture and Horticulture, Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany
  • 2003 – 2007      Senior Scientist, Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops, Großbeeren, Germany
  • 2007 – 2014      Senior Scientist, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, Germany
  • 2014 – 2020      Acting head of the Institute of Landscape Systems Analysis, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg
  • 2020 – today     Co-head of the Research Platform “Data Analysis and Simulation”, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF), Müncheberg.
  • 2020 – today      Professor for Landscape Systems Analysis at the University of Potsdam, Germany.

Important research visits and fellowships

  • 1995-1996    Oslo University and Ås Agricultural University, Norway (12 months) 
  • 2011             University of Florida, Gainesville, USA (2 months)
  • 2013             INRA Clermont-Ferrand, France (1 month in total)
  • 2024             Visiting Professor at the Bohdan Dobrzański Institute of Agrophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Lublin, Poland (12 months)


  • Coordinator: Bundesministeriums für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft:  ModOKlim – Model-based scenario analysis to optimise crop production for climate protection (2023 – 2026)
  • Coordinator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung: KIKompAG – Multi-modale Datenintegration, domänenspezifische Methoden und KI zur Stärkung der Datenkompetenz in der Agrarforschung (2022 – 2025)
  • Principal Investigator: European Union: SWITCH – Switching European food systems for a just, healthy and sustainable dietary transition through knowledge and innovation (2023 – 2026)
  • Principal Investigator: European Union Interreg Central Europe Progamme: Clim4Cast – Central European alliance for increasing climate change resilience to combined consequences of drought, heatwave, and fire weather through regionally-tuned forecasting (2023 – 2025)
  • Principal Investigator: European Union Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area (PRIMA): Innovative farm strategies that integrate sustainable N fertilization, water management and pest control to reduce water and soil pollution and salinization in the Mediterranean (2023 – 2026)
  • Principal Investigator: German Science Foundation: Improving large-area mechanistic yield simulations through disentangling genotype × environment × management factors (2023 − 2026)
  • Principal Investigator: Verein der Zuckerindustrie “SugarClim – Projection of sugar yields in Germany, Europe and world-wide from sugar beet under changing climate” (2022 – 2026)
  • Principal Investigator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung: „SpreeWasser:N – Drought management, integrated water management concepts and improved water storage in the Berlin-Brandenburg region“ (2022 – 2025)
  • Principal Investigator: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft: „KlimErtrag – Climate change-induced yield changes and land use“ (2021–2022)
  • Principal Investigator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung: “DAKIS – Digital Agricultural Knowledge and Information System” (2019–2024)
  • Coordinator: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft: „Satellite-based information for grassland management” (2017–2021)

Brief scientometrics

  • Web o Science: 148 publications
  • H-index: 46
  • Citations: 9,217 (8,509 without self-citations)