Short CV/Education and training

  • 2000 – 2005
    Studies of Physical Geography at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and the University of Maryland, USA; Diplom in 2005

  • 2000 – 2006
    Various (student) employments at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, LMU Munich, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, German Weather Service (DWD)

  • 2006 – 2009
    PhD studies at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg; Dr. rer. nat (with distinction) in 2009

  • 2009 – 2012
    Post-doctoral research at the Carnegie Institution, Dept. Global Ecology, Stanford, USA

  • 2012 – 2013
    Klaus-Hasselmann post-doctoral fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

  • Since 2013
    Group leader of the Emmy Noether independent junior research group "Forest Management in the Earth System"

  • Since 2018
    Full professor for Physical Geography and Land Use Systems at the LMU Munich

Selected publications

  • Corinne Le Quéré; Andrew, Robbie M; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Sitch, Stephen; Pongratz, Julia; et al. (2018): Global Carbon Budget 2017, Earth System Science Data, Vol. 10, Iss. 1: 405-448.

  • Karl-Heinz Erb, Thomas Kastner, Christoph Plutzar, Anna Liza S. Bais, Nuno Carvalhais, Tamara Fetzel, Simone Gingrich, Helmut Haberl, Christian Lauk, Maria Niedertscheider, Julia Pongratz, Martin Thurner and Sebastiaan Luyssaert (2017), Unexpectedly large impact of forest management and grazing on global vegetation biomass, Nature, 553, pages 73–76.

  • Julia Pongratz, Han Dolman, Axel Don, Karl‐Heinz Erb, Richard Fuchs, Martin Herold, Chris Jones, Tobias Kuemmerle, Sebastiaan Luyssaert, Patrick Meyfroidt, Kim Naudts (2017), Models meet data: Challenges and opportunities in implementing land management in Earth system models, Global Change Biology, https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.13988.

  • Luyssaert, S., Jammet, M., Stoy, C., Estel, S., J. Pongratz et al: Land management and land-cover change have impacts of similar magnitude on surface temperature, Nature Clim. Change 4, 389-393.

  • J. Pongratz, C.H. Reick, R.A. Houghton, and J. House: Terminology as a key uncertainty in net land use and land cover change carbon flux estimates, Earth Syst. Dynam. 5.

  • Contributing author to Working Group I contribution to the IPCC 5th Assessment Report Climate Change 2013, Chapters 6 & 8.

  • J. Pongratz: Plant a tree, but tend it well, Nature 498, 47-48.

  • R.A. Houghton, J.I. House, J. Pongratz, G.R. van der Werf, R.S. DeFries, M.C. Hansen, C. Le Quéré, and N. Ramankutty: Carbon emissions from land use and land-cover change, Biogeosciences 9, 5125-5142, doi:10.5194/bg-9-5125-2012.

  • J. Pongratz, D.B. Lobell, L. Cao, and K. Caldeira: Crop yields in a geoengineered climate, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate1373.

  • J. Pongratz, C.H. Reick, T. Raddatz, K. Caldeira, and M. Claussen: Past land use decisions have increased mitigation potential of reforestation, Geophys. Res. Lett. 38, L15701, doi:10.1029/2011GL047848.

  • J. Pongratz, C.H. Reick, T. Raddatz, and M. Claussen: Effects of anthropogenic land cover change on the carbon cycle of the last millennium, Global Biogeochem. Cycles 23, GB4001, doi:10.1029/2009GB003488.

  • J. Pongratz, C. Reick, T. Raddatz, and M. Claussen: A reconstruction of global agricultural areas and land cover for the last millennium, Global Biogeochem. Cycles 22, GB3018, doi:10.1029/2007GB003153



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Priority program "Climate engineering" of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

  • Emmy-Noether independent junior research group on "Forest management in the Earth system" funded by the DFG

  • VERIFY: Observation-based system for monitoring and verification of greenhouse gases funded under Horizon2020

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate deputy editor for journal "Climatic Change"

  • Guest editor for journal "Biogeosciences"

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU)

  • Member of the editorial advisory board for the journal "Anthropocene Review"

  • Member of the ISSI International Team "Integrating Earth Observation data into the description of land management practices into global carbon cycle models"

  • Member of the scientific advisory group for the EU FP7 program LUC4C

Media coverage

Selected press coverage:

  • Welt Online. "CO2 aus vorindustrieller Zeit belastet heutiges Klima" (07/17 2012)

  • Spiegel Online. "Klimawandel: CO2 beeinflusst Atmosphäre für Jahrhunderte" (07/16 2012)

  • Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "Zukunft ist menschlich. Das Anthropozän erobert den öffentlichen Raum" (07/04 2012)

  • The Salt, NPR's Food Blog. "Geoengineered food? Climate fix could boost crop yields, but with risks" (01/23 2012)

  • Research Spotlight in EOS. "Farmers' past choices enhance mitigation potential of reforestation" (10/25 2011)

  • Journal Highlight of the AGU. "Reforesting northern farmland can have a cooling effect" (08/31 2011)

  • Editor's highlight of Geophysical Research Letters. "Farmers' past choices enhance mitigation potential of reforestation" (08/02 2011)

  • BBC World Service. Interview in "Europe Today" (01/27 2011)

  • Handelsblatt. "Was hat Dschingis Khan mit dem Klimawandel zu tun?" (01/26 2011)

  • Deutsche Welle. "Historic wars and plagues had little effect on climate, study finds" (01/25 2011)

  • El Pais. "La conquista de America no influyo en el clima" (01/21 2011)

  • Nature. "Research Highlights: Biogeochemistry: Preindustrial carbon" (Nature 461, 850, doi: 10.1038/461850e. 10/14 2010)

  • Deutschlandradio. "Studie: Menschengemachte CO2-Emissionen schon vor der Industrialisierung" (01/26 2010)

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