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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

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.


  • 1982-1991      Goethe-Gymnasium, Hamburg-Lurup
  • 1988-1991      Participant of the City of Hamburg Chemistry Qualification Program
  • 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
  • 2011                Visiting Scientist, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
  • 2014-today     Acting head of the Institute of Landscape Systems Analysis, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg,

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)


  • Coordinator: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft via Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe: „Emissions of volatile organic carbon compounds from energy crop production“ (2015–2018)
  • Principal investigator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Program “Bioökonomie International”: „Process understanding and usage of residues for sustainable plant biomass production“ (2014–2017)
  • Co-Investigator: EU JPI “FACCE” – Modelling Agriculture and Climate Change for Food Security – MACSUR CropM, WP1 “Model Intercomparison” (2011–2017)
  • Principal investigator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Program “Nachhaltige Landnutzung”: “Carbon sequestration, biodiversity and social structures in Southern Amazonia: models and implementation of carbon-optimized land management strategies”, Subproject „Model-based crop growth and yield assessment for agricultural crop rotations and grassland systems emanating from tropical rain forest conversion“ (2011–2016)
  • Co-investigator: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, Program “KlimaZwei”: “Land, Climate and Resources 2020 (2007-2010)

Brief scientometrics

  • Web o Science: 47 publications
  • H-index: 12
  • Citations: 590 (468 without self-citations)