Rasmus Fensholt

Rasmus Fensholt


Remote sensing/Earth observation ecology studies of terrestrial ecosystems.

Overarching research goals: Quantitative assessment of carbon/water fluxes of terrestrial vegetation and advancing our knowledge about forcing mechanisms (human vs. climate induced) of changes in functioning of vegetation ecosystem services.

Research relates to: global environmental change, land system science, climate change, primary productivity monitoring, carbon stocks, forest degradation, plant water stress, land degradation, land surface phenology.

10 Relevant recent senior authored publications:

Tucker, C., Brandt, M., Hiernaux, P., Kariryaa, A., Rasmussen, K., Small, J., Igel, C., Reiner, F., Melocik, K., Meyer, J., Sinno, S., Romero, E., Glennie, E., Fitts,Y., Morin, A., Pinzon, J., McClain, D., Morin, P,. Porter, C., Loeffler, S., Kergoat, L., Issoufou, B., Savadogo, P., Wigneron, J.P., Poulter, B., Ciais, P., Kaufmann, R., Myneni, R., Saatchi, S.  and Fensholt, R. (2023). Sub-continental-scale carbon stocks of individual trees in African drylands. Nature, 615(7950), 80-86.

Reiner, F., Brandt, M., Tong, X., Skole, D., Kariryaa, A., Ciais, P., Davies, A., Hiernaux, P., Chave, J., Mugabowindekwe., Igel, C., Oehmcke, S., Gieseke, F., Li, S., Liu, S., Saatchi, S., Boucher, P., Singh, J., Taugourdeau, S., Dendoncker, M., Song X., Mertz, O., Tucker, C.J and Fensholt, R. (2023). More than one quarter of Africa’s tree cover is found outside areas previously classified as forest. Nature Communications 14, 2258

Zhang, W., Schurgers, G., Peñuelas, J., Fensholt, R., Yang, H., Tang, J., Tong, X., Ciais, P. and Brandt, M. (2023). Recent decrease of the impact of tropical temperature on the carbon cycle linked to increased precipitation. Nature Communications, 14(1), p.965.

Mugabowindekwe, M., Brandt, M., Chave, J., Reiner, F., Skole, D.L., Kariryaa, A., Igel, C., Hiernaux, P., Ciais, P., Mertz, O. and Tong, X., Li, S., Rwanyiziri, G., Dushimiyimana, T., Ndoli, A., Uwizeyimana, V., Lillesø, J.B., Gieseke, F., Tucker, C.J., Saatchi, S. and Fensholt, R. (2022). Nation-wide mapping of tree-level aboveground carbon stocks in Rwanda. Nature Climate Change, pp.1-7.

Fan, L., Wigneron, J.P., Ciais, P., Chave, J., Brandt, M., Sitch, S., Yue, C., Bastos, A., Li, X., Qin, Y. and Yuan, W., Schepaschenko, D., Mukhortova, L., Li, X., Liu, X., Wang, M., Frappart, F., Xiao, X., Chen, J., Ma, M., Wen, J., Chen, X., Yang, H., van Wees, D. and Fensholt, R. (2022). Siberian carbon sink reduced by forest disturbances. Nature Geoscience, pp.1-7.

Zhang, X., Brandt, M., Tong, X., Ciais, P., Yue, Y., Xiao, X., Zhang, W., Wang., K and Fensholt, R. (2022). A large but transient carbon sink from urbanization and rural depopulation in China. Nature Sustainability, 1-8.

Brandt, M., Tucker, C.J., Kariryaa, A., Rasmussen, K., Abel, C., Small, J., Chave, J., Rasmussen, L.V., Hiernaux, P., Diouf, A.A., Kergoat, L., Mertz, O., Igel, I., Gieseke, F., Schöning, J., Li, S., Melocik, K., Meyer, J., Sinno, S., Romero, E., Glennie, E., Montagu, A., Dendoncker, M. and Fensholt. R. (2020). An unexpectedly large count of trees in the West African Sahara and Sahel. Nature, 587, pp. 78-82.

Abel, C., Horion, S., Tagesson, T., De Keersmaecker, W., Seddon, A. W., Abdi, A. M., & Fensholt, R. (2020). The human–environment nexus and vegetation–rainfall sensitivity in tropical drylands. Nature Sustainability, 1-8.

Tagesson, T., Schurgers, G., Horion, S., Ciais, P., Tian, F., Brandt, M., Ahlström, A., Wigneron, J.P., Ardö, J., Olin, S., Fan, L., Wu, Z. and Fensholt, R. (2020). Recent divergence in the contributions of tropical and boreal forests to the terrestrial carbon sink. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1-8.

Grogan, K., Pflugmacher, D., Hostert, P., Mertz, O. and Fensholt, R. (2019). Unravelling the link between global rubber price and tropical deforestation in Cambodia. Nature Plants, 5, 47–53. 


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