Plants start growing earlier in the spring but contrary to popular belief, this results in considerably less photosynthesis throughout the following summer and autumn. This is shown in a study published by Nature from Wolfgang Buermann, Matthias Forkel, Andrew Richardson and colleagues.
Matthias Forkel is an environmental scientist who uses satellite observations to study how climate affects ecosystems and vice versa. Thereby Matthias develops and applies remote sensing methods, global ecosystem models, and machine learning approaches. He is a Junior-Professor for Environmental Remote Sensing at the Technical University Dresden, Germany.
We recently used multiple satellite datasets to improve simulations of a global vegetation model for fire in South America and global vegetation distribution, biomass, and carbon cycling.
Together with Tom Pugh at the University of Birmingham, we explored how machine learning could be used to understand drivers of tree mortality. At the opening of the new Leverhulme Centre for Wildfires, Environment and Society, I discussed how satellite observations can be used to better understand and model global wildfire dynamics.
I'm happy to give an alumni talk at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry Jena at 30. October. Title: "Earth observations to reappraise global vegetation-fire interactions"
Since September 2019, I'm a Junior-Professor (with tenure track to full professorship) for Environmental Remote Sensing at the Technical University Dresden. Group website
Matthias Forkel is father of two small children. We are a German-Czech family in Austria = Europe. We spend our free time in our garden, at playgrounds in Vienna, or in forests around Vienna, in eastern Czechia, in the Zittau mountains, in Germany, or somewhere else in Europe.
... is a German website about basics of climatology for teachers and students. Matthias created and maintained the website until 2015.