Doctoral Researcher

Constanze Werner holds a Master’s degree in Physical Geography of Human-Environment-Systems from Humboldt University in Berlin. Since April 2017 she has been working in the projects BioCAP-CCS and NEGEM at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. According to her focus on the concept of planetary boundaries as a methodological frame for the trade-off analysis, she operates within the TeSS group (“Terrestrial safe operating space”) at PIK. In addition to the modelling approaches, she works on concepts of operationalization and scaling of planetary boundaries.

Her current work and PhD project focus on the potentials and trade-offs of negative emission technologies. In scenario-based analyses she applies the dynamic global vegetation model LPJmL to simulate the biogeochemical conditions and changes under large-scale deployment of negative emission technologies. With these scenarios and impacts she aims to identify possible development pathways that mitigate climate change while maintaining land-systems, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles.

Research Interests

  • Biochar applications
  • Negative emission technologies
  • Planetary boundaries


Biomass Pyrolysis

NEGEM – Quantifying and Deploying Responsible Negative Emissions in Climate Resilient Pathways

Selected Publications

Schmidt, H. P., Anca‐Couce, A., Hagemann, N., Werner, C., Gerten, D., Lucht, W. & Kammann, C. 2018. Pyrogenic Carbon Capture & Storage (PyCCS). GCB Bioenergy.

Werner, C., Schmidt, H. P., Gerten, D., Lucht, W., & Kammann, C. (2018). Biogeochemical potential of biomass pyrolysis systems for limiting global warming to 1.5° C. Environmental Research Letters, 13(4), 044036.

Stenzel, F., Gerten, D., Werner, C. & Jägermeyr, J. 2019. Freshwater requirements of large-scale bioenergy plantations for limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. Environmental Research Letters, 14 084001.