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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Projects | IRI THESys | People | Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht

Board Member (IRI THESys), Chair of Research Domain I - Earth System Analysis (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research), Alexander von Humboldt Chair in Sustainability Science (Department of Geography, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)


  • Planetary opportunities and planetary boundaries
  • Earth system analysis and Earth system modelling
  • Sustainability science, global biosphere, climate change and social ecology


Prof. Wolfgang Lucht would have almost studied German philology or theology; however he eventually decided to study Physics at the Christian-Albrechts University in Kiel where he also received his PhD in 1993. Later he was postdoc and assistant professor at the Boston University and since 1999 he works at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, currently co-chairing the research area "Earth System Analysis". Since 2009 he holds the Alexander von Humboldt Chair in sustainability research at HU, in 2004 he also started the professorship Biosphere Dynamics and Earth System Research at the University of Potsdam. Starting 1st of July 2016 Wolfgang Lucht has been appointed as member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment.

Wolgang is Board Member at IRI THESys.

Selected publications

Boysen, L.R.; Lucht, W.; Gerten, D.; Heck, V. (2016): Impacts devalue the potential of large-scale terrestrial CO2 removal through biomass plantations, Environmental Research Letters, 11, 095010. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095010.

Rockström, J.; Schellnhuber, H.J.; Hoskins, B.; Ramanthan, V.; Schlosser, P.; Brasseur, G.; Gaffney, O.; Nobre, C.; Meinshausen, M.; Rogelj, J.; Lucht, W. (2016): The world's biggest gamble, Earth's Future, 4, 465-470. doi: 10.1002/2016EF000392.

Jägermeyr, J.; Gerten, D.; Heinke, J.; Schaphoff, S.; Kummu, M.; Lucht, W. (2015): Water savings potentials of irrigation systems: global simulations of processes and linkages, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19, 3073-3091. doi: 10.5194/hess-19-3073-2015.

Ostberg, S.; Lucht, W.; Schaphoff, S.; Gerten, D. (2013): Critical impacts of global warming on land ecosystems, Earth System Dynamics, 4, 347-357. doi: 10.5194/esd-4-347-2013.

Beringer, T.; Lucht, W.; Schaphoff, S. (2011): Bioenergy production potential of global biomass plantations under environmental and agricultural constraints, Global Change Biology Bioenergy, 3, 299-312. doi: 10.1111/j.1757-1707.2010.01088.x.

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