Rasmus Fensholt

Rasmus Fensholt


Member of:

    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 change studies, land system science, climate change, primary productivity monitoring, carbon stocks, forest degradation, plant water stress, land degradation, land surface phenology.

    Relevant publications:

    [1] 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.


    [2] 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.


    [3] Wigneron, J. P., Fan, L., Ciais, P., Chave, J., Brandt, M., Baccini, A., Saatchi, S. and Fensholt, R. (2020). Tropical forests did not recover from the strong 2015-2016 El Niño event. Science Advances, 6(6), eaay 4603.


    [4] 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.


    [5] Tong, X., Brandt, M., Yue, Y., Ciais, P., Jepsen,M. R., Penuelas, J., Wigneron, J. P., Xiao, X., Song, X-P., Horion, S., Rasmussen, K., Saatchi, S., Fan, L., Wang, K., Zhang, B., Chen, Z., Wang, Y., Li, X., and Fensholt, R. (2020). Forest management in southern China generates extensive carbon sequestering. Nature Communications 11, 129.


    [6] Fan, L., Wigneron, J-P., Ciais, p., Chave, J., Brandt, M., Fensholt, R., Saatchi, S.S., Bastos, A., Al-Yaari, A., Hufkens, K., Qin, Y., Xiao, X., Chen, C., Myneni, R.B., Fernandez-Moran, R., Mialon, A., Rodriguez-Fernandez, N. J., Kerr, Y., Tian, F. and Penuelas, J. (2019). Satellite observed pantropical carbon dynamics. Nature Plants, 1,


    [7] Zhang, W., Brandt, M., Penuelas, J., Guichard, F., Tong, X., Tian, F. & Fensholt, R. (2019). Ecosystem structural changes controlled by altered rainfall climatology in tropical savannas. Nature Communications, 10, 671.


    [8] Chen, C., Park, T., Wang, X., Piao, S., Xu, B., Chaturvedi, R.K., Fuchs, R., Brovkin, V., Ciais, P., Fensholt, R., Tømmervik, H., Bala, G., Zhu, Z., Nemani, R.R. & Myneni, R.B. (2019). China and India lead in greening of the world through land-use management. Nature Sustainability, 2, 122-129.


    [9] 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.


    [10] Tian, F., Wigneron, J.P., Ciais, P., Chave, J., Ogée, J., Peñuelas, J., Ræbild, A., Domec, J.C., Tong, X., Brandt, M., Mialon, A., Rodriguez-Fernandez, N., Tagesson, T., Al-Yaari, A., Kerr, Y., Chen, C., Myneni, R.B., Zhang, W., Ardö, J. and Fensholt, R. (2018). Coupling of ecosystem-scale plant water storage and leaf phenology observed by satellite. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(9), 1428.


    [11] Brandt, M., Wigneron, J.P., Chave, J., Tagesson, T., Penuelas, J., Ciais, P., Rasmussen, K., Tian, F., Mbow, C., Al-Yaari, A., Rodriguez-Fernandez, N., Schurgers, G., Zhang, W., Chang, J., Kerr, Y., Verger, V., Tucker, C., Mialon, A., Rasmussen, L.V., Fan, L. and Fensholt, R. (2018). Satellite passive microwaves reveal recent climate-induced carbon losses in African drylands. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 2(5), 827.


    [12] Brandt, M., Rasmussen, Hiernaux, P., Herrmann, S., Tucker, C., Tong, X., Tian, F., Mertz, O., Kergoat, L., Mbow, C., David, J., Melosic, K., Dendoncker, M., Vincke, C. and Fensholt, R. (2018). Reduction of tree cover in West African woodlands and promotion in semi-arid farmlands.  Nature Geoscience, 11(5), 328.


    [13] Tong, X., Brandt, M., Yue, Y., Horion, S., Wang, K., Keersmaecker, W.D., Tian, F., Schurgers, G., Xiao, X., Luo, Y., Chen, C., Myneni, R., Shi, Z., Chen, H., and Fensholt, R. (2018). Increased vegetation growth and carbon stock in China karst via ecological engineering. Nature Sustainability, 1(1), 44.


    [14] Brandt, M., Rasmussen, K., Penuelas, J., Tian, F., Schurgers, G., Verger, A., Mertz, O., Palmer, J.R.B. and Fensholt, R. (2017). Human population growth offsets climate-driven increase in woody vegetation in sub-Saharan Africa. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1(4), 0081.




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