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Global Change Research Institute, CAS

Dr. Kurt Christian Kersebaum


Position: senior researcher

Branch: Department of Climate Change Impacts on Agroecosystems

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



Research Focus

Agro-ecosystem modelling with focus on water and matter dynamics, crop growth, climate change. Special interest on modeling of water and nitrogen dynamics and crop growth in the soil-plant-atmosphere system at different scales (sub field, field, catchments, region), model based evaluation of land use and management strategies to protect water resources from nutrient pollution, model based assessment of Climate Change impact on crop growth and soil processes and development of adaptation strategies, operational use of models for irrigation and nitrogen fertilization recommendations on field and sub-field scale (precision agriculture), analysis of yield gap causes.


  • 1966-1975      Leibnizschool (Gymnasium), Hannover
  • 1977-1982      “Agricultural Sciences” University Göttingen: Diploma (Dipl. Ing. agr.)
  • 1982-1989      Ph.D. (Horticulture) at University Hannover: Dr. rer. hort.
  • 1991-1992      Remote course „Environmental Engineer Water Protection“, Technical University Braunschweig:  Ing.
  • 2004               Habilitation (Geoecology) at University Potsdam: Dr. rer. nat. habil.


  • 1987-1988     Agricultural consultant at AK Betriebsführung Ostwestfalen
  • 1989-1992     Scientist at Institute for Geography and Geoecology of the Technical University of Braunschweig
  • 1997              Visiting Scientist, Cornell University, Ithaka,NY, USA
  • 1992-today     Senior Scientist, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research, Müncheberg, Germany


2014 L.R. Ahuja Ag. Systems Modelling Award of the Soil Science Society of America.  

Important research visits and fellowships

1997 (3 months) USA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Brief scientometrics

Bibliography (05/16) 

    Web of science listed publications: 132

    H-index: 22

    Total citations: 1940 (1610 without self-citations)

    Peer-reviewed papers: 85

    Books: 5

    Scientific reports: 153