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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

prof. Jørgen Eivind Olesen


Position: senior researcher

Branch: Department of Climate Change Impacts on Agroecosystems

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



Research Focus

Prof. J.E.Olesen has a very broad experience on the interaction between agricultural (and agroecosystem) activities and the environment. This involves both the effect of agriculture on environment and the effect of environmental change on agroecosystems. He also has an extensive and broad network in Europe and elsewhere related to this. Some of the experiences also cover semi-managed ecosystems.

He was involved in initiating Danish research on agrometeorology. He has led several interdisciplinary projects, including projects on integrated wheat production, application of remote sensing and GIS in agriculture, development of a whole-farm simulation model, and several projects on organic farming, reduced tillage and sustainable crop management. He has participated in more than 10 EU projects on the effect of climate change on agriculture and on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural activities. He is currently project leader of two national research projects and participates in several other national and international projects.


M.Sc. in agriculture from Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL)


1983-1986   Scientist, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science, Agrometeorological Service

1986-1991   Head of department, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science

1991-1994   Scientist and senior researcher, Danish Institute of Plant and Soil Science

1994-2003   Head of research group on Crop Production, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences

2003-          Professor in climate change and agriculture, Aarhus University

2010-          Head of research group on Climate and Water, Aarhus University

2011-          Adjunct professor at University of Copenhagen

2012-          Affiliated teacher and researcher at Sino-Danish Center for Education and Research, Beijing

2015-          Adjunct professor at Ganzu Agricultural University, China

Important research visits and fellowships

Several studies and stays abroad (2-10 weeks) at universities in UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana and USA.


He has participated in several governmental committees on reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, adaptation to climate change, integrated crop management, and reduced tillage practices. He has contributed in expert panels of the EU and The World Bank, and he has an ongoing collaboration with FAO. He has also contributed as an author to the third IPCC assessment report and as a lead author for the IPCC fourth assessment report, which received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He was member of the Commission on Climate Change Policy under the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, and member of the Commission on Nature and Climate He has also been member of the Danish Ethical Council. He is chairman of the food and bioenergy group of the CONCITO think tan.

Member of Editorial Board for European Journal of Agronomy, assistant editor of Bioenergy Research, associate editor of Regional Environmental Change and referee for more than 20 different journals.

Brief scientometrics

213 papers in international scientific journals and book chapters with peer review

231 papers at conferences

90 contributions in reports

159 contributions in technical letters and popular science papers.

The peer reviewed journal papers have been cited 5453 times (ISI)

H-index: 40