Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Lead engineer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN), Belvaux, Luxembourg

  • Since 2013
    Head of Observatory for Climate and Environment, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Environmental Research and Innovation (ERIN), Belvaux, Luxembourg

  • 2009 – 2013
    W2 Minerva position (head of a junior research group), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Biogeochemistry Department), Mainz

  • 2005 – 2009
    Research associate (postdoc), Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Department of Biogeochemistry), Mainz: investigating the exchange of reactive nitrogen containing gas and aerosol components between ecosystems and the atmosphere

  • 2003 – 2005
    International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics

  • 2002 – 2004
    Doctorate in the field of environmental science, research conducted at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz

  • 2002 – 2005
    External student at the University of Wageningen (Netherlands)

  • 2001
    Employed as an Engineer at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Department of Biogeochemistry), Mainz, Germany

  • 2000
    Visiting researcher at the University of Paisley (Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering), Scotland, UK: investigating the behaviour of noxious substances in filter residues of blast furnaces

  • 1998 – 1999
    Internship at DaimlerChrysler AG (Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management), Stuttgart, Germany: planned and conducted experiments to optimize alluvial filtration systems / recycling of cooling lubricants

  • 1996 – 2001
    Studied Environmental engineering at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences

  • 1992 – 1996
    Abitur (A-levels) at the Conrad Felixmüller Gymnasium (grammar school) in Geithain, Germany

Selected publications

  • Trebs, I.; Ammann, C.; Junk, J.: Immission and dry deposition. In: Foken T. (ed.), Handbook of Atmospheric Measurements. Springer Handbooks, Springer, Cham.,, 2021.

  • Trebs, I.; Mallick, K.; Bhattarai, N.; Sulis, M.; Cleverly, J.; Woodgate, W.; Silberstein, R. ; Hinko-Najera, N.; Beringer, J.; Meyer, W.S.; Su, Z.; Boulet, G.: The role of aerodynamic resistance in thermal remote sensing-based evapotranspiration models, Remote Sensing of Environment, 264, 112602,, 2021.

  • Renner, M.; Brenner, C.; Mallick, K.; Wizemann, H.-D.; Conte, L.; Trebs, I., Wei, J.; Wulfmeyer, V.; Schulz, K.; Kleidon, A.: Understanding biases in evapotranspiration schemes using a pattern-based evaluation of the diurnal cycle: a case study in Luxembourg, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23, 515–535, doi:10.5194/hess-23-515-2019, 2019.

  • Ermel, M.; Behrendt, T.; Oswald, R.; Derstroff, B.; Wu, D.; Hohlmann, S.; Stönner, C.; Pommerening-Röser, A.; Williams, J.; Meixner, F.X.; Andreae, M.O.; Trebs, I.; Sörgel, M.: Hydroxylamine released by nitrifying microorganisms is a precursor for HONO emission from drying soils, Scientific Reports 8, doi:10.1038/s41598-018-20170-1, 2018.

  • Mallick, K.; Trebs, I.; Boegh, E.; Giustarini., L.; Schlerf, M.; Drewry, D.; Hoffmann, L.; von Randow, C.; Kruijt, B.; Araùjo, A.; Saleska, S.; Ehleringer, J.R.; Domingues, T. F.; Ometto, J. P. H. B.; Nobre, A. D.; Moraes, O. L. L.; Hayek, M.; Munger, J. W.; Wofsy, S.: Canopy-scale biophysical controls of transpiration and evaporation in the Amazon Basin, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20, 4237-4264, doi:10.5194/hess-20-4237-2016, 2016.

  • Mallick, K.; Boegh, E.; Trebs, I.; Alfieri, J.G.; Kustas, W.P.; Prueger, J.H.; Niyogi, D.; Das, N.; Drewry, D.T.; Hoffmann, L.; Jarvis, A.J.: Reintroducing radiometric surface temperature into the Penman-Monteith formulation, Water Resources Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016106, 2015.

  • Plake, D.; Stella, P.; Moravek, A.; Mayer, J.-C.; Ammann, C.; Held, A; Trebs, I.: Comparison of ozone deposition measured with the dynamic chamber and the eddy covariance method, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 206, 97-112, 2015.

  • Oswald, R.; Behrendt, T.; Ermel, M.; Wu, D.; Su, H.; Cheng, Y.; Breuninger, C.; Moravek, A.; Mougin, E.; Delon, C.; Loubet, B.; Pommerening-Röser, A.; Sörgel, M.; Pöschl, U.; Hoffmann, T.; Andreae, M.O.; Meixner, F.X.; Trebs, I.: HONO emissions from soil bacteria as a major source of atmospheric reactive nitrogen, Science, 341, 1233-1235, doi: 10.1126/science.1242266, 2013.

  • Stella, P.; Kortner, M.; Ammann, C.; Foken, T.; Meixner, F. X.; Trebs, I.: Measurements of nitrogen oxides and ozone fluxes by eddy covariance at a meadow: evidence for an internal leaf resistance to NO2, Biogeosciences, 10, 5997-6017, doi:10.5194/bg-10-5997-2013, 2013.

  • Trebs, I.; Lara, L.L.; Zeri, L.M.; Gatti, L.V.; Artaxo, P.; Dlugi, R.; Slanina, J.; Andreae, M.O. and Meixner, F.X.: Dry and wet deposition of atmospheric inorganic nitrogen compounds in a tropical environment (Rondônia, Brazil), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6, 447–469, 2006.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • National Co-PI of the NitroEurope project: The nitrogen cycle and its influence on the greenhouse gas budgets for Europe, coordinated the part of the project executed at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (funded by the European Commission, main coordinator Centre For Ecology and Hydrology, NERC, UK), 2006 – 2009

  • Co-PI of the ATTO-CLAIRE project: A subproject of the Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory involving a number of international research institutes, with the goal to investigate the chain of atmospheric processes from the emission of biogenic trace gases, through the atmospheric oxidation mechanisms, to the production of biogenic primary and secondary aerosols in the Amazon Basin (funded by the Max Planck Society and the German Federal Ministry of Education & Research), 2008 – 2013

  • PI of the Hydroclimatological Atlas of Luxembourg: a platform for the publication for the recent developments of climate change and water resources in Luxembourg (funded by the Administration de la Gestion de l’Eau (AGE) and the Administration des Services Techniques de l’Agriculture (ASTA))), 2013 – 2019

  • Co-PI of the CAOS-2 project: ‘From Catchments as Organised Systems to Models based on Dynamic Functional Units – Sub-project C: Understanding and characterizing land surface-atmosphere exchange and feedbacks’, 2015 – 2018, Funded by the German Research Foundation and the Luxembourg National Research Fund, 2013 – 2019

Membership in scientific bodies/juries


  • Associate Editor of Biogeosciences (Open Access), since 2014

  • Associate Editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Open Access), 2009 – 2013

Additional qualifications

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Reliability, Verbal communication, Writing reports and proposals, Logical thinking, Problem solving, Team building, Emotional intelligence, Empathy, Leadership, Management

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Hobbies: bouldering, hiking, mushrooms, cooking, wine


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    Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz (MPIC) found that bacteria in the upper soil layer release hydrogen nitrite, better known as nitrous acid or HONO. Under sunlight, the gas disintegrates into nitrogen monoxide and hydroxyl radicals.

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